Athletics at Western Reserve Academy

One hundred and twenty years ago, WRA students competed in (and won!) their first interscholastic baseball game. By participating in a demanding athletics program, they learned how to win with humility and lose with dignity. In today's fast-paced collaborative culture, the value of participating in a team sport is perhaps even greater. WRA graduates fare better with the challenge of balancing intellectual stimulation with active, physically fit lifestyles.

Thanks to the wealth of our facilities and resources, WRA supports more than 45 separate interscholastic teams in more than 20 sports. As such, WRA students -- from rookies to those who plan to play at the next level -- are given differentiated support from their coaches and our Strength and Conditioning staff. Each season, additional offerings such as weight lifting, yoga and tai chi activities add further possibilities to consider.


The essentials of teamwork, skill development, positive attitude, school spirit, physical fitness, and sportsmanship are all addressed both in-season during practices and competition, and out-of-season, through training. Our coaches understand, and work to show that much of what is learned on the field or court during their time representing WRA is applicable to the classroom, and throughout life.

Our graduates go on to successfully pursue their intellectual curiosities while maintaining an active, physically fit lifestyle, either on their own or competitively at the college level.

Athletics Requirements

Western Reserve’s athletics requirement develops discipline, dedication and resilience in our students.

Freshman Year: One interscholastic team sport each of the three seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Sophomore Year: One interscholastic team sport each of the three seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Junior Year: Participate in at least two seasons of interscholastic team sports, and one alternative sport offering.

Senior Year: Participate in at least two seasons of interscholastic team sports, and one alternative sport offering.

Interscholastic Offerings (by Season)

Reference these charts to see what sports and levels WRA offers each season.


BoysCross Country
 FootballV, JV
 GolfV, JV, Freshman
V, JV, Freshman
Cross CountryV, JV
 Field HockeyV, JV
 TennisV, JV, JV2
 VolleyballV, JV



BoysBasketballV, JV, Freshman
 Ice HockeyV
 Swimming & DivingV
GirlsBasketballV, JV, Freshman
 Swimming & DivingV
CoedRifle TeamV



BoysBaseballV, JV
 LacrosseV, JV
 TennisV, JV
 Track & Field
GirlsFast Pitch SoftballV, JV
 LacrosseV, JV, Freshman
 Track & FieldV

Alternative Sports Offerings (by Season)




Weight TrainingBasic Weight TrainingWeight Training
ArtAdvanced Weight TrainingArt
Community ServiceDanceMusic
RoboticsMusicCommunity Service
 Tai Chi 
 Community Service 

Our Coaches

Expert coaching is a complex and demanding form of teaching. Most of our coaches also teach in the classroom, so they are adept in the art of motivating teenagers, encouraging positive risk-taking and cultivating healthy group dynamics. And several of our faculty-coaches are themselves high-level athletes. For example: Herb Haller '85, who has been head coach of boys soccer for 11 years, captained Indiana University's Hoosiers to the 1988 National Championship.

Herb Haller '85 coaching team members on the field

Undefeated. No. 1 Ohio’s Division III ranking. No. 2 Boys Prep School Top 10 national ranking. Top soccer boarding school in the country.

Western Reserve Academy has earned these titles and more for the outstanding performance of the school’s varsity soccer team. The 2012 team achieved a record of 19-0-2, the third time WRA has gone undefeated in its soccer program’s 87-year history. Boys varsity coach and Director of Athletics & Afternoon Programs Herb Haller ’85 knows how sweet victory feels. The two-time high school soccer All-American has taken the school’s soccer program to an astounding record of 173-51-36.
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