Athletics Information


Dear Cyclones,

Whether you’re a returning student or new to Porter-Gaud, we’re excited to have you as a part of the Cyclone family.  We have a multitude of opportunities for student-athletes to compete as Cyclones, and if you are interested in participating in a fall sport, this information will be of particular interest.

You will soon be receiving a link to complete your required online athletic eligibility packet through Completion of this packet by July 15, 2019 will ensure your eligibility for all Cyclone sports for the remainder of the school year. Your physical exam is good for one year from the date it is administered; any physical exam done after April 1st is good for the entire upcoming year.  Additionally, all student-athletes in grades 7, 9, and 11 will need to take a new IMPACT baseline concussion test. If you are in any other grade and need a test, you’ll be contacted by our athletic training staff.  Any questions regarding these requirements can be directed to Lauren Frick, our head athletic trainer, at IMPACT testing will be offered on-campus on the following dates:

  • June 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th from 10:00am to 11:00am

  • June 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st from 5:00pm to 6:00pm

  • July 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th from 10:00am to 11:00am

  • July 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Strength and Fitness Training – All student-athletes in grades 8-12 are encouraged to take advantage of the outstanding summer program run by Coach Smith, our strength and player development coach.  Some of our fall teams have a mandatory summer workout requirement. The Scott Fitness Center will be staffed Monday-Friday from June 3rd through August 2nd, with the exception of the week of July 4th.  Hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30-10:00 AM (girls only), Monday-Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 AM (boys only), Friday 8:30-10 AM (combined boys and girls). These workouts are open to all Porter-Gaud students, regardless of whether they play a fall sport.

Summer Group Runs - Our cross-country coaches will conduct group runs at 7:00 AM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from June 4th through July 26th, with the exception of the week of July 4th.  Those runs will start and end under the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant near the playground by the pier. All PG student-athletes are invited, but the expectation is that anyone who participates can safely run 4-5 miles in Charleston summer weather.

PG Certified Athletic Trainers: We are blessed here at Porter-Gaud to have two full-time certified athletic trainers on staff. They are your go-to resource for any sports-related injury treatment, diagnosis, rehab, etc. We will have a trainer on site for all of our athletic summer camps, and the training room will be open throughout the summer from 9am until 12 noon. Please contact head athletic trainer Lauren Frick with any questions at .

Athletes’ Handbook Link: If you have any general questions about our athletic department philosophy, mission, or policies, please have a look at our Athletes’ Handbook at's_Handbook_2018-19.pdf

Football Update: Most of you are aware that Porter-Gaud will be hiring a new head varsity football coach over the summer. Until that process is complete, Coach Al Wilson will be interim head coach. Since he is also JV head coach and Middle School Athletic Director, he will be the main point of contact for any football questions you may have.  However, the answer to most specific football program-related questions over the next several weeks will come with the caveat that our new head coach will be intimately involved with program design upon his arrival, so things may change.  Despite the uncertainty, we are very excited to open this new chapter of Cyclone football.

Coaching Contacts: Below is a brief list of contacts for coaches for our JV and varsity fall sports, as well as basketball (because they conduct summer camps).

Middle School Sports: The following teams are offered at a bantam/middle school level.  Generally speaking, MS teams won’t have formal summer requirements and won’t begin practice until the first day of school.  The main point of contact over the summer for all MS teams is Al Wilson,

  • Football (grades 5-8)

  • Cheerleading (grades 5-8)

  • Cross-Country (grades 5-8).  No summer mileage requirement.

  • Volleyball (grade level teams at grades 5, 6, 7, and 8)

The first official day of fall sports practice is Thursday, August 1st, but some teams may begin later.  Some sports will additionally have summer camps or practices.

We look forward to seeing you in the fall!  GO CYCLONES!

Coach Salley



Concussion Testing

Porter-Gaud takes the health of our scholar-athletes very seriously. We require concussion baseline testing before any student can participate in athletics. If we suspect a concussion during a sporting event, we use this baseline along with specialized software to test for symptoms and assess when a student is ready to resume normal activities. We will let you know how to schedule this testing with our athletic trainer.