At GPS we play to win, but not just on the field. We also want to see girls win in life. Research shows that every aspect of a girl’s life can be enhanced by participating in sports: relationships, confidence, emotional wellbeing, even academic performance. That’s why our athletic program is specifically designed for girls.
“Everything is tailored to be as positive as it can be for our girls. We don’t just care about them as soccer players or swimmers, we also care about their academic success, personal growth, and development. We are truly invested in the whole girl.”
—Jay Watts, CMAA, GPS Athletic Director and Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Head Coach for Poland’s Women’s National Lacrosse Team, five-time winner of Georgia State Coach of the Year and 11-time winner of Area Coach of the Year in lacrosse
The GPS Athletics mission teaches girls to be team players, understand the importance of mental toughness, accept challenges enthusiastically, and value strength, fitness, stamina, and good health. Ultimately, the GPS athletic environment is about aiming to be the very best on the field of competition, in the classroom, and in life. That attitude is shared by the outstanding staff of award-winning GPS coaches and more than 300 players each year who are involved at the varsity and middle school levels.
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“The all-girls environment empowers our athletes to develop their own voices and demonstrate their leadership abilities. Our girls never have to play behind the boys or yield facilities to the boys as in most coed environments.”
—Susan Crownover, Head Varsity and Middle School Softball Coach of eight state championship teams, seven state runners-up teams, and more than 25 student-athletes who went on to earn NCAA Division I scholarships; member of the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, three-time winner of Chattanooga Times Free Press Softball Coach of the Year, and recipient of TSSAA’s A.F. Bridges Award
We're All About the Girls
At GPS, girls take every game-winning shot, hold every leadership position, and win every Bruiser state championship. Girls sports are not just a priority; they are the sole focus of our athletics program. One hundred percent of our resources—from coaching and facilities to strength and conditioning training—is dedicated to the support and success of our female athletes.
An all-girl environment emboldens student-athletes to explore any sport that may interest them, and they have a wide array of options—from rock climbing to rowing, soccer to softball. Once they join the team, they experience a camaraderie that is simply unmatched. They become sisters in sports.
With a program specifically designed for their physical, mental, and socio-emotional needs, girls receive the support necessary to play sports. This supportive and nurturing environment not only increases participation, but also gives girls the confidence to explore collegiate opportunities.
Girls perform best when they feel supported, and everyone at GPS is invested in their success. Teachers show support by attending games and match; coaches ask athletes about their classroom performances. Our coaches are not only experienced in their individual sports, they also understand the socio-emotional development of girls. Instruction is individualized and intentional, always considering a girl’s physical, mental, and emotional needs.
Every aspect of our newly redesigned strength and conditioning program is geared toward helping Bruisers build strength, improve performance, speed recovery, and avoid injuries. In particular, our ACL prevention program strengthens the hips, knees, and ankles to lower the risk of this all-too-common female athletic injury. As the only all-female program in the Chattanooga area with two nationally certified strength and conditioning coaches, GPS offers a weight room with an intentionally designed training program not found in coed settings. Each athlete is on her own individual plan and modifications are made on any given day.
“Being in an all-girls setting gave us the freedom to explore what it meant to be strong, young women. We didn't have to impress anyone but ourselves and were challenged to push the boundaries on what it meant to be a female athlete.”
—Whitney Bell ’06, publicist at Netflix, former GPS softball and volleyball player
Trailblazers In Girls' Sports
Our founders incorporated exercise into the curriculum in 1906. Since then, GPS has been a trailblazer for the advancement of girls athletics in Chattanooga, launching sports programs where there were previously none.