The Calverton School’s athletic program is unique in that we have a no cut policy and yet 9 of 34 of the Class of 2017 committed to play for NCAA Division I teams. Who’s the right Athletic Director for such a program? Jamie McNealey, who played lacrosse for Severn School and then Johns Hopkins University, competing in the NCAA National Championship finals with the Blue Jays in 1989 before earning the W. Taylor Cook Memorial award for strength of character and positive influence as a senior.
McNealey understands the dedication that it takes to excel and appreciates how athletic participation teaches valuable lessons, consistent with Calverton’s Philosophy of Honor. He honed his leadership skills first as an assistant coach for the Blue Jays from 1992-94, then as head coach at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, Maryland, from 1994-98, where he led the school to a 16-0 overall record and national No. 1 ranking.
McNealey served as Defensive Coordinator for the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010, and for the past decade has been the President/Executive Director for the National College Lacrosse League, which consists of 150 colleges and universities in 18 states. In addition to his considerable experience as a coach and with the business aspects of athletics, he has valuable experience as a classroom teacher. This enables him to help Calverton’s student-athletes balance the high academic demands of the International Baccalaureate Program with the pursuit of athletic championships.
Says Head of School Christopher Hayes, “We knew that replacing Stacie Rector would take a special individual and were fortunate to have four dozen strong applicants. Jamie McNealey’s clear interest in developing character and his great reputation in the five counties from which we draw students helped him to emerge as the top choice. Jamie McNealey will be a terrific difference-maker at Calverton; the buzz on campus is great!”