New Trier Athletics
Honoring Miss Mac - Jane McNamara Night at New Trier
On September 12th, more than three hundred well-wishers joined a raucous New Trier Football crowd to congratulate Jane "Miss Mac" McNamara on her nearly fifty years of service to New Trier District 203. Excerpts from the public address announcement are included below. Many thanks to the family and friends of Jane McNamara, the New Trier Booster Club, New Trier administration, and of course to Miss Mac herself for a wonderful evening!
This evening, it is our pleasure to honor one of New Trier's most distinguished and beloved educators…
Jane McNamara began her teaching career at New Trier in 1966 and, with the advent of Title IX legislation in 1973, coached as many as four sports a year at New Trier including Field Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball and Softball and then later Track and Field. In 1976, Jane coached her Field Hockey team to an IHSA state championship. Miss Mac's teaching career spanned thirty years and included an assignment as Assistant Athletic Director at then New Trier West.
Thankfully for New Trier, following her retirement in 1996 through the present day, Jane has really never left the halls, courts and fields of New Trier. Since 1996, she has continued to serve the Athletic Department and District 203 in nearly every capacity. This past May, Jane was honored by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association as the recipient of the "Friend of Athletics" Award, the highest recognition given by that organization in recognition of service and support given to student-athletes. For thousands of alumni and visiting fans, Miss Mac has been the face of New Trier Athletics for the past 48 years. It is our pleasure to honor her this evening on Jane McNamara Night at New Trier.
"Miss Mac, on behalf of the parents and students of New Trier, the Booster Club would like to thank you for your 50 years of service. We have received donations from around the country in your honor and those funds will be put towards the Turf fields, which will benefit students for many years to come. Whether as a teacher, coach or fellow fan, your warmth and sincere interest in the students at New Trier is reflected in their affectionate feelings toward you. In your honor, we have inscribed a plaque on our memorial wall to mark your commitment and contributions to the school and athletic programs. You are always welcome at New Trier and I hope we continue to see you on our fields, our courts and in our concession stands."
(Superintendent Dr. Linda Yonke) Jane, on behalf of District 203, our Board of Education, New Trier alumni everywhere and our 700 staff members, please accept our gratitude and thanks for your nearly five decades of service to our students and our school. It is also our pleasure to welcome your family here this evening as well as your friends and colleagues from around the country. We thank you for your contribution as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator, and for your support of all of our student-athletes at every imaginable athletic event. It is with pride that we say you are "New Trier's Ambassador to the World".
Girls Volleyball's Tashima Named to 2013-14 Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete Team
Taylor Tashima '14, has been named to the 2013-14 Chicago Tribune Scholar Athlete Team. Each Scholar-Athlete must be either in the top 10 percent of his or her class or score a 30 on the ACT, be named all-conference in at least one sport and be nominated by his or her school. A star both on the court and in the classroom, Tashima is the CSL Player of the Year, a USA Youth National Team Captain, a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, an Illinois State Scholar and a CSL Scholar-Athlete. She will attend and play volleyball at Northwestern University in Evanston. Congrats to Taylor and the Girls Volleyball Program!
McCaffery, Boyd selected to IHSA All-State Academic Team
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has announced that two New Trier students are among the 26 students who have been selected to the 2013-14 All-State Academic Team sponsored by Caterpillar. Seniors Abbey Boyd and Matt McCaffery will join a group of 13 male and 13 female honorees designated to receive the IHSA's top academic honor. They were chosen from a group that included over 450 students throughout the state.
"This is a tremendous honor and I hope every student who was nominated takes a great deal of pride in all that they have accomplished," said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. "These students are the embodiment of what it means to take advantage of the entire high school experience. I am thankful to Caterpillar for providing the All-State Academic Team platform to honor and congratulate them."
Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student by the February deadline. Nominees needed to possess a minimum 3.50 grade point average on 4.0 scale after their 7th semester, have participated in at least two IHSA sponsored sports or activities during each of the last two years and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.
The nominations were evaluated by a committee made up of IHSA principals, representatives of the Illinois Activities Directors Association (IADA) and representatives of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association (IADA). One male winner and one female winner from each of the seven IHSA Board of Directors Divisions were selected initially, while the final 12 spots on the team were then rounded out with at-large candidates from any division in the state.
The All-State Academic Team members will be honored at a banquet at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington on April 21, 2014. (February 21, 2014 from the IHSA web page)
Jane McNamara to be honored as IADA "Friend of Athletics"
The Illinois Athletic Directors Association (IADA) has announced that Jane McNamara has been named the recipient of the 2013-14 Class 3A/4A "Friends of Athletics" Award. McNamara will be honored at the IADA Hall of Fame Banquet in Peoria on Saturday, May 3.
Jane McNamara began her teaching career in the Glenview Elementary Schools in 1955 and took a position at New Trier in the fall of 1966. She served District 203 as a teacher and coach for 30 years before her retirement in 1996. Coach McNamara began her 30 years at New Trier and with the advent of Title IX coached four seasons per year; which included Field Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball and Softball and then later Track and Field. In 1976, when Field Hockey was an IHSA sanctioned sport, Jane coached New Trier to a state title (vs. Edwardsville). Jane taught Physical Education during her entire tenure and served the school as an Athletic Coordinator (Assistant Athletic Director) for a period of four years (1980-84).
Following her retirement in 1996 through the present day, Jane has really never left the halls, courts and fields of New Trier. Almost immediately, Jane began to assist the Athletic Department. Jane supervised Boys and Girls Soccer, Football, Basketball and acted as scorer for both boys and girls teams. She even helped assign other staff to supervise events. Jane's presence at New Trier athletic events has become a standard, whether greeting officials, taking tickets, or meeting teams and staffs. Jane has worked approximately eighteen state swim meets greeting patrons and entertaining the crowd in our gym while they wait for admission to the pool.
Two years ago, when New Trier installed artificial turf and was unable to provide spring concessions, Jane volunteered her services (along with another retired teacher) to open a concession stand for all home Girls Soccer and Boys and Girls Lacrosse events. She coordinated this effort seventeen times last spring alone.
In the past decade, Jane has supervised nearly every type of interscholastic event at New Trier through the fall, winter and spring seasons. Jane remains among New Trier's best and most reliable student supervisors at major events. New Trier students under Jane's direction are unwilling to misbehave and risk incurring the wrath of "Miss Mac".
To two generations of New Trier graduates, Jane McNamara's presence at our home events (and many road events) is a cherished link to the school. Jane's ability to remember former students (their parents and now even their children) makes Jane perhaps the most well-known employee at the school. Her kindness and care of our visitors is the standard to which the rest of us aspire.
Jane marked her 80th birthday on May 19 and will "step down" from her role as supervisor at the end of this school year. It will truly be the end of an era at New Trier.
Please join us in celebrating Mac's selection as the IADA "Friend of Athletics"!
Please also circle September 12, 2014 as "Jane McNamara Night!" at New Trier. Details to follow.
New Trier Athletics Future Start Dates Announced
Future Start Dates; Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Wednesday, August 12, 2015.
Girls Volleyball Advances to IHSA Final Four!
How do I become eligible to participate in a sport at New Trier?
Obtain a physical from your doctor. The Illinois High School Association and New Trier require a valid physical (or proof of a physical) to be on file with the Athletic Department. As of July 1, 2012, the IHSA allows a physical to be valid for 395 days from the date it was issued. If your physical expires during the course of a season, you will be required to obtain another physical before you are permitted to continue to practice or play.
For Ninth Grade Students entering New Trier: All First-year New Trier students are also required to submit a valid physical as part of their registration at New Trier. A record of those completed physicals is shared with the Athletic Department. First-year students who have completed and submitted their physical in this manner need only to sign the parent/guardian portion of the Athletic Physical and Parent Consent Form and submit that document to the Athletic Office.
Have your doctor or parent sign the New Trier Athletic Physical and Parent Consent Form (available on the main Athletic web Page/Select Forms). This form must be signed once per school year by the parents or legal guardians of every participant.
The form must be delivered to the Athletic Office at New Trier's Winnetka Campus (Room 214) or Northfield Campus (Room F111). If delivery of the completed form occurs more than one week in advance of your season, your name will be electronically added to your coach's list of eligible participants. If you deliver the document less than one week prior to the start of your season, you may be given a hard-copy "Permit to Participate" form to carry to your initial practice. No student will be permitted to take part in any aspect of a New Trier interscholastic sport without completion of the form.
Read the remainder of the New Trier "Quick Facts Guide" by opening the PDF located on the left hand column of this page. Go Trevians!
"Tackle the Turf " NOW with the New Trier Booster Club
The New Trier Booster Club is tackling their campaign to raise $1,000,000 for the installation of synthetic turf surfaces to the Northfield stadium and the adjacent lighted practice fields. Synthetic turf allows the district to increase the use of the stadium from about 250 hours a year - all in the spring and fall - to more than 2,000 hours a year, with activities scheduled throughout the summer as well. Sports such as field hockey and lacrosse, historically not scheduled much in the stadium, have greater access. Kinetic Wellness classes, as well as Intramural sports, are using the stadium for the first time. Go to the Booster Club main web page to learn more about the Tackle the Turf campaign. Go New Trier Boosters! http://www.newtrier.k12.il.us/tackletheturf/
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