Welcome to Athletics
Athletic Department Philosophy
The Athletic Department is built on a foundation filled with small victories won through seemingly small often unobservable commitments. Yet, these commitments build upon each other in a contagious fashion. These are the inspiring and inspirational moments we live for. It’s the word, the sentence, the chapter, and the book. It’s the dribble, the pass, the basket, the score. It’s the participation, the practice, the pain, and the victory. Because when we do things right, we’re doing the right thing. From inside classroom walls to outside on the playing fields, our goal is the awakening of mind and body to find, utilize and master the tools and techniques for success in life. Robert Frost once said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” The Athletic Department realizes we are neither the first nor the final awakeners of the youth in our paths. We work in concert with other awakeners to be most effective. Within classrooms, locker rooms, homes, and communities, we join together as a team in the journey. And, as a team, when we make a commitment to the possibilities, we make the possibilities so. The Allen Academy coaching staff embraces the opportunity to work in a diverse climate where intelligence and character growth flourish. We ask every Ram to make a commitment to a vision larger than the sum of one. Commit to a project. Commit to a club. Commit to a team. Because commitment is vital for success in life to ensure one is doing the right thing, to make the possibilities so.
Athletic Department Mission
The mission of the Allen Academy Athletic Department is to develop student-athletes who: value the diversity and contributions of others; respectfully assume responsibility of their own actions; live physically and mentally healthy lives; and display grit when working to achieve excellence in academic, team and individual goals. This creates empathetic Rams that lead with integrity.
Allen Academy made the move to TAPPS in 2016-17 after six years of success in the Texas Christian Athletic League (TCAL). Allen Academy was an original member of TAPPS from 1978-2010 before joining TCAL in the 2010-11 school year. While a member of TCAL, Allen won 19 state titles, finished as state runner-up 10 times, had 287 All-State honors earned by our student-athletes and was named TCAL School of the Year in both 2014 and 2015. Eight Allen student-athletes have also earned TCAL Player of the Year recognition in their sport, while five different Allen head coaches have earned Coach of the Year honors. In six years with TCAL, nine Allen graduates have gone on to compete at the collegiate level in football, basketball, golf, swimming, track & field, and baseball.
TAPPS provides the next great challenge in the growth of Allen Academy athletics. Rejoining TAPPS is a great fit at a very exciting time at Allen Academy.
Founded in 1978, TAPPS began with 20 schools. TAPPS has since grown to a membership of over 230 schools with a combined enrollment of more than 40,000 students. Schools are presently aligned in five classifications with districts across the state of Texas. Headquartered in Salado, TX, TAPPS serves to organize, stimulate, encourage and promote the academic, athletic, and fine arts programs in an effort to foster a spirit of fair play, good fellowship, true sportsmanship and wholesome competition for students.
All middle school and high school student athletes must complete the following forms for the 2016-2017 school year: