Athletics

Athletics can be a highly positive experience for middle schoolers. As part of a well-rounded education, athletics provide opportunities for students to learn how to value physical education, work on a team, follow the leadership of a coach, and take on leadership roles themselves. There are ample options for students to become involved in the sport of their choice.

Students wishing to tryout for sports must have a sports physical dated after June 1, 2022 to participate. We cannot make any exceptions to this requirement. Also, students cannot have failed more than one class for the spring semester (based on the semester average) to be eligible to play sports from August to December 31st, 2023 in MNPS.

Fall Sports

  • Football – Shandon Mayes, head coach; Jamal Glenn, assistant coach 
  • Girls’ Soccer – Scott Putney, coach
  • Cheerleading – Alexandra Benefield, coach  
  • Girls’ Volleyball – Vanessa Robinson, coach
  • Cross Country – Miranda Davidson, coach

Winter Sports

  • Boys’ Basketball – Jamal Glenn, coach | 2023 Schedule
  • Girls’ Basketball – Miranda Davidson, coach
  • Wrestling – Keith Wilson, coach

Spring Sports

  • (5) Lacrosse – William West, coach | Team Page
  • Track – Miranda Davidson, coach
  • Baseball – To be announced
  • Boys’ Soccer – Thaddeus Bryant, coach

Below is information your family will need to know if your child is planning on participating in our sports program this year. Students in 6th-8th grades may try out for official sports teams, and in order to try out, students must first bring the following to the relevant coach: 

These forms can be obtained from the office or through the coaches. To reach a coach, please email him or her at the addresses listed above. You may also direct questions to Dr. Gary Hughes, executive principal at JTM and president of the MNPS Middle School Athletics organization.

How can You Help with Matador Athletics?

1. Donate to a sports team. Teams are funded by MNPS and funds are limited. Connect with your child’s coach about how you can support their team directly.

2. Provide rides to games/meets and snacks and drinks on game/meet days. Connect with your child’s coach about how you can support their team directly.

3. Support your teams by attending events! The Matadors are an athletic powerhouse and are so thankful for the support of our fans!

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