Greetings from US Athletics!

Since 1890, University School has supported the belief that interscholastic sports provide boys with the lifelong skills they need to lead and serve.  We feature best-in-class athletic facilities across two campuses, inspiring coaches who mentor and develop our boys from grades Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, and high-achieving students who support the mission of the school each day through their hard work, relentless passion, and servant leadership as University School athletes.
 
Go US!



Sean McDonnell
Athletic Director Jr. K-12

History & Championships

US has a storied athletic tradition, having played the first high school football game in Ohio and being a founding member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association in 1907.  In 1925, US left the OHSAA to become a charter member of the Interstate Preparatory School League with other leading Independent Schools in the Midwest.  US remained in the IPSL until 1991 when the School returned to the OHSAA for good.  Since 1992, US has won 24 State Championships and supports one of the finest athletic programs in the State.

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • National Championships (2)

    Squash (2)
    2014, 2016
  • OHSAA State Titles (24)

    1990-Present

    Golf (5)

    1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008

    Hockey (2)
    2003, 2009

    Swimming (6)
    2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2019

    Lacrosse (3)
    1999, 2008, 2009

    Tennis (8)
    1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2012, 2017
  • State Finalist (18)

    Cross Country (4)
    2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

    Golf (3)
    1989, 2000, 2010

    Lacrosse (3)
    1995, 2010, 2011

    Soccer (1)
    1992

    Tennis (2)
    1991, 2007

    Wrestling (5)
    1944, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010


  • Regional Titles (8)

    Lacrosse (6)
    1995, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    Soccer (1)
    1992

    Track & Field (1)

    2008
  • District Championships (21)

    Basketball (2)
    2002, 2009

    Baseball (1)
    1992

    Hockey (12)
    1990, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

    Soccer (5)
    1992, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017

    Track & Field (1)
    2008
  • IPSL Championships (163)

    1925-1990

    Baseball (27)

    1925, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1979, 1980, 1981

    Basketball (15)
    1928,1929, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1939, 1940, 1954, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990

    Cross Country (8)
    
    1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982

    Golf (3)
    1983, 1987, 1989

    Football (18)
    1927, 1932, 1935, 1948, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1983

    Soccer (15)
    1936, 1948, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986

    Swimming (1)
    1987

    Tennis (28)
    1931, 1932, 1946, 1948, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

    Wrestling (25)
    1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1987


Administration

List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Sean McDonnell

    Mr. Sean McDonnell 

    Director of Athletics K-12, Basketball, Admission Associate

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of John Ptacek

    Mr. John Ptacek 

    Director of Athletics 9-12, Soccer
    216-831-2200 x7332
  • Photo of Robert Emmet

    Mr. Robert Emmet 

    Shaker Athletics Director, Physical Education K-8
    216-371-6818 x8250

Contact Us

For General Athletics’ Inquiries Related to Grades 9-12:
Athletics Assistant
216-831-2200 x7334

For General Athletics’ Inquiries Related to Grades 7-8:
Middle School Athletic Director 
 
For High School Athletics’ Scheduling or HV Campus Sports Camp Inquiries:
Upper School Athletic Director, Director of Summer Sports Camps 
 
For Facility, Social Media, and USPN Inquiries:
Athletics Facilities and Equipment Manager
 
For Injury-Related Inquiries:
Head Athletic Trainer
MIKE GITTINGER
Athletic Trainer
 
For Strength & Conditioning Inquiries:
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
GRADES 9-12
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 840 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence. 
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