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Poet Student-Athlete Leadership Academy


The Poet Student-Athlete Leadership Academy will develop, challenge and support student-athletes and coaches in their quest to become world-class leaders in athletics, academics and life.  The Leadership Academy will create a positive learning environment for personal growth, rooted in the foundations of pride, integrity and commitment to excellence.  Our goal is to create a strong network of disciplined and confident Poet leaders, who are prepared to become Champions in Life.

PSALA meets every other Sunday at 7:30am in the Team Meeting Room. 

 2018-19 Student-Athlete Leadership Academy Directory
 Title  Name  Email  Extension
 Director -----    
 Committee Member  Robert Neely - Track & Field  x 4531
 Committee Member  Chris Duarte-McDermott - Volleyball  x 4606
 Committee Member  Kristin Yep - Tennis  
 Committee Member  Neomi Hunt - Golf  
 Title  Name  Sport  Grad Yr.
 President              Charlie Mayfield Baseball  2018
 Vice President Sam Casanas Softball  2020
 Treasurer Somaan Iqbal Track & Field  2019
 Social Media Coordinator Alexis Vargas & Emily Olague Softball & Women's Lacrosse  2020
 Male Senate Representative Sam Johnson Men's Soccer  2020
 Female Senate Representative Emily Olague Women's Lacrosse  2020
 Target Growth Areas

Athletic Department Culture: develop a safe, meaningful and successful athletic program, that not only contributes towards a better overall school culture, but adds excitement to the community as well.  When culture is developed, student-athlete participation increases, student attendance at games increases and community support improves. These efforts will result in a better overall athletic experience for the student-athletes, the coaches, the student body and the community.

Self-awareness: personal core values, personality strengths, areas for growth, influence of life experience on leadership style.

Commitment to Institutional & Team Goals:  investment in task-oriented behaviors, institutional involvement & engagement, taking ownership & empowering teammates in pursuit of team goals.

Life Skills Building: time management, responsibility, teamwork, communication skills, problem solving skills, etc.

Empathy & Perspective Taking: social support, concern for team welfare, emotional and social intelligence.

Soft Skills Development: the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, managing people, leadership, etc. that characterize relationships with other people.

 Meeting Dates
 Date  Topic