St. Ignatius

About Athletics

At SI, we measure our athletic success not only by how many games are won but also through the values our students develop — values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, commitment and hard work. We believe in the classical notion of a “sound mind in a sound body” and offer sports that students will play long after they graduate from SI.

Each year about two-thirds of the student body competes on 66 teams in 15 sports. Over the years, those teams have collected numerous league, sectional, NorCal, state and national championships. Recent victories include the following:

  • SI's boys' and girls' volleyball teams both took first in the Central Coast Section in the 2010-11 school year.
  • SI's boys' lacrosse team was ranked 18th in the nation in 2011 by MaxPreps and first in the state after two undefeated league seasons.
  • The girls’ varsity lacrosse team lost only one of its 18 games to finish first in CCS, third in the state and 7th in the West.
  • The girls’ crew took sixth in the nation in 2009;
  • The boys’ soccer team took the West Catholic Athletic League titles three years in a row in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the school's first CCS Championship in 2009, and the girls' took second in the league in 2011;
  • The girls’ golf team has won nine league titles in 10 years;
  • The girls' cross country team took first in CCS in 2010
  • The football team won the league and sectional titles in 2006;
  • And, on July 2, 2006, SI had its first international victory when our varsity 8 boys’ crew, coming from back-to-back national championships, took first place at the Royal Henley Regatta in England. That team was ranked first in the nation (of all high school and college crews) by Mike Vespoli, and Rowing News ranked the crew one of the best in modern history.

SI’s Strength and Conditioning Program teaches students about proper nutrition and exercise and keeps athletes in shape when they aren’t competing, and the athletic trainers show students how to avoid and recover from injuries.

Athletics at SI has been a central part of the school since 1893 when a ragtag group of students from SI and Sacred Heart played a rugby game in San Francisco, inaugurating the oldest high school rivalry west of the Rocky Mountains. Over the years, we have developed a number of athletic traditions, including the Bruce-Mahoney Trophy, to honor grads from both schools who died in World War II. We've also had some wonderful athletes graduate from SI. 

We hope you come out to one of our games to see the Wildcats play. Sit in the stands and cheer for the ’Cats. It's a great way to be a part of the SI family!

Quick Facts

  • 70% of the student body takes part in SI’s athletics program.
  • Nearly 400 students play at least two sports.
  • Nearly 40 play at least three sports.
  • SI fields 66 teams.
  • SI’s proud athletic tradition dates back to 1893.
  • Since then, teams have won league, regional state and international championships (including the Henley Regatta in 2006).
  • Alumni have played professionally in baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer and football, including NFL Pro Hall of Fame QB Dan Fouts ’69, and have competed in the Olympics, including crew Silver-medalist Sebastian Bea ’95.
  • Most recently, Matt Krook ’13 was the 35th pick in Major League Baseball's amateur draft in June 2013.