Athletics at Dawson

(Updated as of July 10, 2019 )

Golf begins August 5; remaining sports begin August 12.
  Middle School Athletics begins August 21, as part of their regular school day schedule.

IMPORTANT: All Upper School students MUST have a current physical uploaded on ArbiterAthlete in order to participate in fall sports for golf on August 5 and the other sports on August 12.

Contact Coach Boyle at to be added to the cross country communications and receive more information.
Summer Runs: Tues & Thurs, 7:00am. Starting in June at Coot Lake Trailhead near Tom Watson Park; location here. Future locations sent via group chat. Purpose & Expectations: If you're in town & not working, please plan to attend. These are crucial for the health of our team and for you to be ready for practice in August! 

Practice Schedule
Practice begins August 12 at 3:45pm in the gym lobby. We'll go off campus 2-3 times a week & will always be back in time for the late bus (if not earlier).  
Meet Schedule
Aug. 30 - Wash Park; Sept. 10 - Cowboy Classic, Denver; Sept. 21 - St. Vrain Invite, Lyons; Sept. 24 - Runners Roost, Brighton; Oct. 4 - Northfield HS, Stapleton Park; Oct. 10 - Mile High Meet, Dawson; Oct. 17 - Regionals, Lyons; Oct. 26 - State, Colorado Springs
Spike Night: Runner's Roost in Louisville. Runners get a 10% discount on anything in the store + they feed us a free dinner! Date TBD & coming soon. 
Contact Coach Barker at to be added to the cyclocross communications and receive more information.

Contact Coach Lewis at to be added to the golf communications and receive more information.
- August 5, 9:00am - Golf practice at Colorado National golf course for all varsity players and varsity hopefuls.
- JV golf will begin August 26 after school at Colorado National GC from 3:45-5:30pm Monday-Thursday.

Contact Coach Criswell at to be added to the soccer communications and receive more information.
- Summer pickup games are open to players from both the men's and women's team. They will generally be on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings from June 5th to August 10th. Exact times are TBD. Contact to be added to Dawson soccer communications and receive more summer pickup game details.
- Men's training begins on August 12th and will run Monday through Friday from 4 - 5:30 PM. 

Contact Coach Benninghoff at to be added to the tennis communications and receive more information.
- Pre-season practices: August 5 through August 10th. Times and location tbd, as practices will be off-site. Intended for Varsity players and Varsity hopefuls. 
- 1st required practice: August 12. Times and location tbd. 

Contact Coach Brandy Martin at to be added to the volleyball communications and receive more information.
- Voluntary volleyball open gym Friday, July 12, 5:30-7:00pm in Dawson's aux gym
- Official practices start August 12 from 4:00 - 6:00pm.

Contact Coach Hansen at to be added to the Speech and Debate communications and receive more information.

Select a Team

Dawson athletics give all our students an opportunity to learn about what it takes to be successful in and out of the gym, on and off the field. Their experiences participating in team sports and class activities, individual competitions, and handling adversity and challenge are invaluable to Dawson’s educational philosophy. Students learn the value of hard work, setting goals, and bringing their best effort every day. These are all skills they will use the rest of their lives.

From their time in kindergarten through graduation, Dawson incorporates physical education into each student’s educational experience, and provides a myriad of ways to literally jump in. The school has six soccer and lacrosse fields, six tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, two full gyms, a weight room, a rock-climbing wall, and an outdoor swimming pool. Beginning in kindergarten students take PE classes, and in sixth through eight grades, Dawson ensures that all students participate in at least one of the 13 team sport options. In seventh and eighth grade, all students must participate in athletics, and by upper school, many students compete on Dawson’s behalf – sometimes as three-sport student athletes. Not surprisingly, many go on to participate at the next level.

From one coach, “Because of our school’s size, Dawson offers greater opportunities to participate in a variety of sports. Come to this school with a good attitude and a willingness to work hard, and there’s no telling what you might accomplish.”