Student Life

Athletic Philosophy

The athletic program at St. Margaret's is central to our mission and integral to the learning process. Through athletic competition we strive to achieve the highest degree of integrity, sportsmanship, and mutual respect as we prepare our students for lives of leadership and service. Our program celebrates the student-athlete and the teacher-coach while striving to instill in our students a meaningful and solid foundation from which to lead healthy and productive lives. We honor and value our multi-sport athletes, and take great pride in our athletic successes, our California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championships, and the participation of our graduates at the collegiate level.

About the Athletic Department

The St. Margaret’s Athletic Department has been competing in the California Interscholastic Federation of the Southern Section (CIF-SS) since 1984. Since that time, we have won 27 team CIF Championships, 24 individual CIF Championships and have had hundreds of our athletes named to the All-CIF team.
We compete in the Academy League with schools similar to us in enrollment and core values. During our seventeen year league partnership, we have won 181 Academy League Championships and have had over a thousand athletes named to All-Academy League Teams, including many who have been crowned MVP of the League. The entire program has earned the prestigious honor of the Academy League Cup every year since its existence. This honor is extended to the Academy League member school whose athletic department has been the most successful throughout the entire school year during league play.
This remarkable record has been accomplished with honor, fair play and sportsmanship because of the character of our student athletes and coaches. Last year, the St. Margaret’s Athletic Program was given the Academy League Sportsmanship Award. This award is voted upon by the league coaches and awarded to the school that exemplifies the best sportsmanship in all sports, at all levels throughout a given school year.
Many of our teams participate at both the Junior Varsity and Varsity level. Try-outs are held to determine team membership and placement. Because of space, court-time limitations and minimum skill level requirements, there are tryouts and cuts that take place in certain cases within programs.
Over the years, many St. Margaret's athletes have continued competing at the college level. The College Guidance office and our coaches are committed to helping our student-athletes find the college that is best suited for them. Our staff is always available to give advice, complete the necessary paperwork, help with the recruiting videos and/or to contact a college coach; we will do anything we can to ensure the success of our students. Please browse the Alumni section of our Athletic website to find information about our athletes who compete in college.

Athletic Department Administration

List of 4 members.

  • Chris Nordstrom 

    Upper School Director of Athletics; Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
  • Patrick Bendzick 

    Director of Student Wellness and Athletics; Head Varsity Cross Country Coach
  • Lori Fava 

    Director of Athletic Operations; MS PE
  • Scott Lipsky 

    Assistant Athletic Director; Head Boys & Girls Tennis Coach
An independent preschool through grade 12 college-preparatory day school in Orange County, California
St. Margaret's Episcopal School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admission, financial aid, hiring and athletic policies or in other school-administered programs.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
31641 La Novia Avenue
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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