Student Life

Athletic Philosophy

The athletic department at St. Margaret’s is central to our mission and integral to the learning process. As an extension of the classroom, our athletic teams are committed to remaining at the forefront of innovation and progressive leadership so that our student-athletes may achieve at the highest possible level.
Providing a leading athletic experience and utilizing cutting edge technology is vital to enhancing the performance and safety of our athletes.  Video analysis platforms, individualized heart rate monitors, impact sensors, baseline concussion testing software, and cloud-based sport performance data tracking are utilized daily for advanced performance analytics to help manage the stress, recovery and training of our student-athletes.
From Lower School through Upper School, students are provided meaningful opportunities to grow through participation in athletics. Competitive opportunities start with our 12 middle school sports. Practices take place during the school day, allowing students to continue their athletic development in their various outside training and club programs. Our middle school teams are coached by our on-site Upper School coaches and personal fitness and wellness teachers, providing athletic mentorship and relationships to start at an early age. We value the fostering of trusted relationships with our coaches and educators to optimize the physical and mental development of our student-athletes.
St. Margaret’s coaching staff brings former professional and collegiate player experience and years of coaching and training at high levels to our athletic teams. Our commitment to excellence extends far beyond athletic development and embraces the power that athletics has in providing an environment where students can practice perseverance, sharpen problem-solving skills, and engage in collaboration and character-building.
We offer 24 Upper School sports and field 41 varsity and junior varsity teams. 83% of our students participate in a sport with an average of 16-22% of the senior class going on to play collegiate sports at some of the top colleges in the country.
We honor and value our student-athletes and take great pride in our athletic success. But above all, we build our programs upon a foundation of character development, modeling behavior, and the formation of a healthy lifestyle as we prepare our students for lives of learning, leadership, and service.
St. Margaret’s is a member of the Orange Coast League. We compete as a small school in a league primarily of larger schools to provide our student-athletes high levels of competition, regional media exposure, and collegiate recruiting opportunities. 
League competitors: Calvary Chapel–Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Estancia, Orange, Saddleback and Santa Ana
228 Team League Championships | 32 Team CIF Championships | 8 Team State Championships

Athletic Department Administration

List of 3 members.

  • Daniel O'Shea 

    Director of Athletics and Head Football 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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