Athletics

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Athletics at Landon are “co-curricular,” which means that every student across the entire school is required to participate in a sport (varsity, club or intramural) each season. We offer 23 athletics options in the Upper School: 20 interscholastic sports (some of which have varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams), winter intramurals, and midday fitness and after-school strength and conditioning classes that teach the keys to physical fitness. All freshmen are required to play an interscholastic sport for the fall season, but may participate in intramurals (field/gym games) or strength and conditioning at any time in their Upper School career after that. A list of sports options by season is below.

Fall

  • Interscholastic: Cross country, football, soccer, water polo
  • Strength and conditioning, midday fitness

Winter

  • Interscholastic: Basketball, ice hockey, indoor track and field, riflery, squash, swimming and diving, wrestling
  • Intramurals
  • Strength and conditioning, midday fitness

Spring

  • Interscholastic: Baseball, fencing, golf, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, tennis, outdoor track and field, Ultimate Frisbee
  • Strength and conditioning, midday fitness

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Facilities

Landon School athletics facilities

Landon has a 75-acre campus with state-of-the-art facilities, such as our Barton Alumni Athletic Center, which includes two gymnasiums, a wrestling room, and a strength and conditioning area that our students say is one of the best in the area.

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Outside, we have a turf field with a track renovated in 2016, four grass fields, 10 outdoor tennis courts, two baseball fields, a 3.1-mile cross country course (see video above), and an outdoor swimming pool. Our 12-time IAC champion and four-time Mid-Atlantic Prep state champion ice hockey team skates at the Bears’ Den at Rockville Ice Arena.

A History of Success

Landon School athletics accomplishments

In the Upper School, we have a storied history of athletics success. Our varsity teams have brought home 192 Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) championships, and our athletes often go on to compete at the collegiate level — we have had more than 160 boys play NCAA athletics over the past decade, including 22 members of the Class of 2017 and 53 Bears in the past three years.

Class of 2017 college athletes

In 2017, our lacrosse team went 21-0 to earn the program's fourth ever Nike/US Lacrosse national title. Justin Shockey '17 was named Washington Post All-Met Lacrosse Player of the Year (the highest D.C.-area honor) and USA Today ALL-USA National Lacrosse Player of the Year, while Joey Epstein '18 earned Epoch/US Lacrosse National Player of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year honors. Ten spring athletes received All-Met accolades, and Coach Jack Duquette was named All-Met Golf Coach of the Year for leading his team to its fourth straight IAC crown. Tennis also claimed its 49th IAC title and first outright since 2004. Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves drafted Randy Bednar Jr. '17 (although he has decided to play in college before going pro). And Landon finish tied with Georgetown Prep for the 2016–17 IAC Founders Cup, given to the school(s) with the best performances in 11 varsity sports over the course of the year.

The Teacher-Coach-Mentor Way

Athletics Teacher-Coach-Mentor

Key to our athletics accomplishments are our teacher-coach-mentors. The same men and women who educate you in the classroom and advise you outside of it also coach you on the field, in the pool and on the court — they get to know you and connect with you on multiple levels so that they know where you shine and where you can improve.


For example, Visual Arts Department Chair Walt Bartman is the head coach of the varsity water polo and swimming and diving teams and frequently mentors his art students as they undertake extracurricular projects — such as painting portraits for Kenyan orphans, disadvantaged Argentinian children, and patients at Children’s National Medical Center — that connect them with people across the globe.

Sports Medicine and Strength & Conditioning

Landon employs two full-time certified athletic trainers who help manage the overall health and wellness of our student-athletes. In addition, two certified strength-and-conditioning coaches help boys get physically fit and teach them how to be safe in all their athletic endeavors (see video below).

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