Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Welcome Our New Athletic Director!

It is my pleasure to announce to the Houston Academy family that we have hired a new athletic director. Mike Sickafoose, of Atlanta, Georgia will start at HA in the fall. Mike brings a wealth of experience and an abundance of enthusiasm to our athletic department.  Mike is currently the Athletic Director at Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta.  At Holy Spirit, Mike created and implemented a Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School athletic program from scratch. Over his 14 years there, Mike managed 14 Upper School and 13 Middle School teams, while at the same time overseeing the Catholic Basketball Metro League, the Catholic Metro Soccer League, and a lower school/pre-school basketball and soccer program at Holy Spirit. Furthermore, Mike oversaw athletic fundraising efforts, maintained and updated the school’s athletic website, as well as coordinating the schools athletic-related social media.

Mike has been a head basketball coach at both the high school and collegiate level. In fact, as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Benedictine College in Kansas, Mike produced a 97% graduation rate while leading his team to the post-season every year he was head coach. In 1991-92, Mike was named NAIA District 10 Coach of the Year, and he coached quite a number of all district and all-American players. Additionally, Mike has served as a head volleyball coach and a head tennis coach.

Mr. Sickafoose holds an M.A. in Education from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and a B.S. from Ashland College in Ashland, OH.  Mike was also member of the varsity basketball team at Ashland.

Mike and his wife, Kelly, have three boys: Michael Sickafoose (24), Dan Sickafoose (23), and Chris Sickafoose  (21).  Coach  Sickafoose will begin his duties at HA on July 1st.  Please help me in welcoming Mike to the HA family!