Athletics

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 22 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, tennis, outdoor track and field, Ultimate Frisbee
  • Strength and conditioning, midday fitness

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 13-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 198 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 26 members of the Class of 2018.

Class of 2017 college athletes

In 2018, six of our varsity teams won IAC titles. Our soccer team won its first outright IAC crown (regular season and IAC Tournament) since the tournament's inception in 2012, and finished the season ranked second on The Washington Post's list of the best teams in the area. Varsity football went 9-1 to score an IAC co-championship (the program's 21st title) and finish as Washington Post's 17th-ranked area team. In the winter, both ice hockey and wrestling won their respective conference titles outright after going undefeated in the IAC regular season and IAC Tournament. In the spring, tennis was perfect in IAC play to capture the conference crown outright, the 50th IAC title for the program, while lacrosse won the IAC regular season title and was the runner-up in the IAC Tournament.

Individually, our Bears racked up the accolades. In the fall, six student-athletes earned Washington Post All-Met accolades, recognizing them as some of the best D.C.-area players, 24 were All-IAC, and Nico Kenary '18 was IAC Soccer Player of the Year. In the winter, five Bears were All-Met, 15 were All-IAC, and Drew Wellington '18 was recognized as IAC Hockey Player of the Year. In the spring, 12 Landon boys were All-Met, while tennis player Sachin Das '19 and lacrosse attack Joey Epstein '18 were named All-Met and All-IAC Players of the Year in their respective sports.

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.

Team Information

Upper School Calendar

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News

Gratitude is more than thankfulness

Jelani '19 — an AP student, member of the yearbook staff, and athlete on the varsity football team — spoke about why he believes we should show our gratitude in more meaningful ways rather than just saying "thank you."