Sandy Spring Friends School



Our Athletics Program

SSFS Pep Rally
Women's Soccer Team
Middle School Basketball
Men's Baseball Team

At Sandy Spring Friends School, our athletics program focuses on creating balance and developing skills that will help on and off the field. As students participate in sports and physical education, they learn how to set long-term goals and be dedicated to them, learn how to problem solve in the midst of pressure-filled situations, and learn to recognize the importance of honest effort, competition, contribution, and sportsmanship.

'Beests Athletics Quick Facts

2 gymnasiums—including an Athletic Complex with a fitness center and 40-foot climbing wall—plus 3 athletic fields, and 6 miles of cross-country trails.

33 Interscholastic Sports Teams in the Middle and Upper School.

Inclusive, non-competitive options provided to our students.

Full-time Athletic Trainer

Our Middle School and Upper School student athletes compete in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC).

Since 2015, our Wildebeests (or 'Beests) teams have won the following PVAC championships:

  • 2015 Baseball Champions
  • 2015 Baseball Tournament Champions
  • 2015 PVAC Girls Middle School Cross Country Champions
  • 2016 Boys Basketball Tournament Champions
  • 2016 Baseball Champions
  • 2016 Baseball Tournament Champions
  • 2017 Boys Basketball Champions
  • 2017 Boys JV Basketball Champions
  • 2018 Boys Middle School Cross Country Champions
  • 2018 Girls Middle School Cross Country Champions
  • 2018 Boys Basketball Champions
  • 2018 Boys Basketball Tournament Champions
  • 2018 Men’s Cross Country Independent School Maryland State Champions
  • 2019 Girls Middle School Basketball Champions
  • 2019 Girls Basketball Tournament Champions
  • 2019 Girls Basketball North Division Champions
  • 2021  Girls Middle School Cross Country Champions
  • 2021 Boys Middle School Cross Country Champions
  • 2021 Women's Cross Country Champions
  • 2022 Women's Varsity Soccer Champions
  • 2022 Boys Middle School Cross Country Champions
  • 2022 Girls Middle School Volleyball Champions


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Bruce Nkala
Athletic Director

Lauren Essig
Assistant Athletic Director, MS Sports Coordinator,
MS PE Teacher

Sal Benitez
PE Department Chair (PK3-12), PE Teacher,  Strength & Conditioning Coach

Julie Tucker
Athletic Trainer, MS Faculty - Health Teacher

Chris McGrew
MS PE Teacher, Outdoor Education Coordinator

Elaine Lapato
PE Teacher & Coach

Jeffrey Rohrman

Jeffrey Rohrman
PE Teacher & Head Varsity Coach (Men's Soccer)