Jim Clark
Director of Activities  
636.928.5100 

@jclark8296

“…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

Ephesians 4:12

 

Cougar Athletics

Welcome!  Lutheran High School aims to provide excellent opportunities for students to develop and display their talents through competition. Our activities are conducted as an integral component of the overall educational experience at LHS with the goal of having all students strive to reach their God-given potential.

In accordance with nurturing personal growth, the central goal of the athletics program is to foster personal Christian characteristics and qualities of respect for self and others, honesty, integrity, commitment, reliability, common sense and perseverance.  The values learned through the athletic experience at LHS will equip student-athletes for lives of Christian service.  We offer a variety of competitive sports for both men and women.  Our coaches are dedicated men and women who strive for excellence both on and off the field and encourage each of our student-athletes to be positive witnesses for Christ!

Our Cougar athletic teams are members of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and the Archdiocesan Athletic Association (AAA). This dual affiliation offers our student-athletes a variety of opportunities for competition and post-season play. As an athlete, our programs offer the coaching, the facilities, and the competition to challenge you and thrill you!

Let me know if there is anything that our staff can do to assist you in achieving your goals during your time at LHS.

Sincerely, Jim Clark Director of Activities 

 

Recommended Reading:

  1. Strategies for Coaching Parents
  2. Fan Behavior At Contests
  3. Coach-Player-Parent Communication
  4. Multi-Sport Participation
  5. Social Media & Positive Coaching
  6. Sportsmanship & Citizenship

Jim Clark - Activities Director

clark@lhssc.org

Jim Clark is entering his 6th year at Lutheran High.  Mr. Clark teaches Geometry and Algebra 3 along with carrying out the duties as Activities Director.  He taught math for 34 years in the St. Charles, Wentzville and Francis Howell school districts before …

 

Jana Leppien - Activities Assistant

athletic@lhssc.org

Jana Leppien is beginning her 7th year at Lutheran High in the Activities Department. She is a member of Immanuel Lutheran – St. Charles. She served in Immanuel’s athletic department and the school office before joining the staff at Lutheran High School…

Mark Daniels - Athletic Trainer

athletictrainer@lhssc.org

Mark Daniels earned his B.S. Ed. from Missouri State University in Physical Education, Athletic Training, and General Science.  He 

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Cougar Highlights

  • ​Reopening Policies and Procedures

    As Lutheran High reopens to our students and the community, it is important that we are all aware of new policies and procedures regarding our students, facilities, and equipment. All students, parents, coaches, and administrators are expected to strictly adhere to the following attachment. during upcoming summer camps and practice sessions.​ (Click for attachment.)

     

     

     

  • Summer Update

    Did you know that over 90% of LHS students participate in a sport or an activity every year?  We believe that activities play a vital role in the education of all students.  While participating in sports, clubs, or one of our activities next year, we believe that your students will develop their bodies, learn physical and mental discipline, operate as a member of a team, acquire self-motivation and self-esteem, and learn to compete with dignity.  These attributes will be vital to their success in life beyond school.  

    Below, you will find contact information for our LHS Activities Coaches and Directors.  As we enter the summer months, LHS teams and activities will begin to have open gyms, practices, and camps to prepare for the ​2020-2021 school year.  You are encouraged to contact our staff of particular activities for specific information.

    Additionally, our website has a plethora of information regarding our program offerings, paperwork, important reminders, etc. You are encouraged to browse our website and gain a clear understanding of everything that our LHS ActivitiesDepartment offers our students and families.

    Athletic website – Click on Athletics on the Lutheran High website to see general athletic news on the athletic blog, the athletic calendar, and the Athlete Spotlight.  http://lutheranhighstcharles.com/athletics/

    Team page – Click on the Team Page under athletics to find the items needed to register for Fall sports. ​https://lutheranhighstcharles.com/athletics/teams/  A more formal registration will occur closer to the start of Fall Sports. 

    Summer camp information can be found on the following URL: http://lutheranhighstcharles.com/athletics/summer-camps/

    Summer Sports Calendar – Visit http://goo.gl/N5mUEr to see the LHS Summer Sports google calendar

    Coach/Director Staff: 

    We feel that our coaches and directors are excellent at promoting what high school activities are all about — an extension of the classroom.  Because of this, we are certain that your experience at LHS will be a tremendous time for both you and your son/daughter.  

    Finally, many of you have joined us on Twitter and on Facebook.  If you have not had an opportunity to do so yet, we would like to encourage you to do so.   Coaches of each sport and activity leaders use Twitter to disseminate results of contests/games, changes in the practice schedule, game cancellations, hi-lights of games, all-conference and all-district results, etc.   We share pictures and information with our LHS fan-base and community on a consistent basis as a means to develop a stronger sense of school spirit and support!  

    Again, we hope that you have already been “following” us….if not, we’d strongly encourage that you do.  If you need assistance, here is an easy “how-to” for signing up for an account:  

    http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Twitter-Account

    To follow our updates on twitter, go to www.twitter.com/luhiactivities
     to see our tweets.  Please note, to have our tweets sent directly to your phone via SMS, you will need to sign up for a twitter account. 

     
    We look forward to having you be a part of our programs next year.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.  Have a blessed summer!
     
    Melvin Bethany
    Director of Activities
    bethany@lhssc.org

    Jana Leppien
    Assistant to the Director of Activities
    athletic@lhssc.org

  • Lutheran High Seeks Coaches for 2020-21

    Lutheran High is looking to fill the following coaching positions for next year.  
    • Girls and Boys Assistant Tennis (both seasons)
    • Girls JV Volleyball
    • Freshman Girls Basketball

    If interested, please contact Jim Clark at clark@lhssc.org or 636-928-5100 x1004. 

  • Lutheran High hires new Activities Director

    Lutheran High School – St. Charles is pleased to announce that following an extensive search involving numerous highly qualified candidates, Mr. Melvin Bethany has agreed to serve as the new Director of Activities at LHS effective July 1, 2020.

    Mr. Bethany, who earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management from Missouri Baptist University, comes to LHS from Parkway West High School where he served in multiple roles since 2008, most recently in the Student Counseling Department. In addition to his tenure at Parkway West, Melvin has held numerous leadership and high responsibility roles in multiple athletic-related organizations, including President of the Greater St. Louis Pop Warner Football League, President of the North County Falcons Athletic Association, Camp & Showcase Coordinator for Run It Performance, plus nearly 10 years as a Missouri State High School Activities Association basketball and football referee. Mr. Bethany is known for his outstanding relational skills, his ability to work well with all students, and the importance of his faith in both his personal and professional life.

    Lutheran High is very proud of the multiple high-quality opportunities that we offer our students and we look forward to the leadership Mr. Bethany will provide to our growing student population.

    We must also thank Mr. Jim Clark for his truly distinguished work as interim Director of Activities for the current school year. Jim will continue in his current role until July 1. Thank you, Jim, your commitment, dedication, and ongoing support of LHS is inspirational and greatly appreciated – you have been, and will continue to be, a blessing to our students and our community.

  • LHS Welcomes Dr. Vince Lai

    Lutheran High welcomes Dr. Vince Lai as our new Sports Medicine Surgeon. 

    Click for more info on Dr. Lai. 

  • Fan Behavior at Contests

    LHS considers sportsmanship a top priority. It is the expectation that all coaches, players, officials and spectators respect the integrity and judgment of everyone involved in all contests, including opponents and game officials. In accordance with our philosophy and goals, the promotion of sportsmanship is integral to the functioning of the AAA Conference and to LHS. 

    Realize there is enough pressure on athletes to perform as it is.  Added pressure from reacting to mistakes and being critical and negative to coaches, players, and officials create unneeded stress and take away from the fun of sport.  LHS has made a commitment to promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators at all athletic events. 

    To make this cooperative effort the most rewarding it can be for parents, athletes, coaches, officials, and visiting fans; the following is our “Sportsmanship High Fives”:

    -Show respect for the opponent at all times
    -Show respect for the officials
    -Know, understand, and appreciate the rules of the contest
    -Maintain self-control at all times
    -Recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of team

    It is important to realize that each school has their own vision of what good sportsmanship entails. Ensure that you understand OUR philosophy. There will be some schools that visit LHS or when we are on the road, which do not have the same ideals that we have and will not conduct themselves accordingly.  We know what we stand for and will act accordingly.

    I look forward to seeing you as we all join together to encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials, and fans at every game. We count on you, our fans, to cheer loudly for great play and to be a positive factor in the success of all our programs.

     
  • Social Media Use

    Our coaches and directors use Twitter as a primary means of sharing information about our programs.  We use social media to disseminate results of contests/games, changes in the practice schedule, game cancellations, hi-lights of games, all-conference and all-district results, etc.   We share pictures and information with our LHS fan-base and community on a consistent basis as a means to develop a stronger sense of school spirit and support!  

    Likewise, there is a level of professionalism for our students.  In addition to the AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) that all students sign, our approach to social media oversight ultimately allows LHS students players much freedom and shows that we trust them to use good judgment.  Once a student posts or tweets a message, it is captured and indexed by any number of search engines that crawl the Internet. This means that a message never actually goes away, even if the player has second thoughts and decides to delete it. Practicing a modicum of appropriate behavior and message or professionalism for students is a must.

     

  • LHS Athletics & Twitter

    At the spring sports parent meeting, we spent some time speaking about Twitter and how our Activities Department utilizes social media to share information.  During the 2016-2017 school year, LHS has experienced a lot of media coverage on the news and an uptick in our social media usage.  We are excited about what we can do to continue to increase our exposure and hi-light the events and the success that our student body experiences. 



    Many of you have joined us on Twitter and on Facebook.  If you have not had an opportunity to do so yet, we would like to encourage you to do so.   Coaches of each sport and activity leaders use Twitter to disseminate results of contests/games, changes in the practice schedule, game cancellations, hi-lights of games, all-conference and all-district results, etc.   We share pictures and information with our LHS fan-base and community on a consistent basis as a means to develop a stronger sense of school spirit and support!  



    Again, we hope that you have already been “following” us….if not, feel free to do so.  If you need assistance, here is an easy “how-to” for signing up for an account:  

    http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Twitter-Account



    There is also an attached pdf that illustrates how simple and quick this is.  If you do not want to have an account, but would like to receive the updates, we encourage you to do that, as well.   

    To follow our updates on twitter, go to www.twitter.com/lutherancougars to see our tweets.  Please note, to have our tweets sent directly to your phone via SMS, you will need to sign up for a twitter account. 
 

        •    General Information – @LutheranCougars
        •    Activities Department – @LuHiActivities
        •    Assistant AD Jim Clark – @jimclark8296
        •    Theatre – @LHSSCTheatre
        •    Music – @LHSCougarMusic
        •    Scholar Bowl – @cougarbrainteam
        •    Robotics – @LHSRoboteers
        •    Sapphires – @LHSCougarSpirit  
        •    (Performance) Strength and Conditioning – @LHSperformance
        •    Boys/Girls Soccer – @LHSSoccerFC
        •    Softball – @LHSCougarSB
        •    Track and Field/Cross Country – @LutheranXC_TF
        •    Boys/Girls Swim – @CouglesSwimming
        •    Boys/Girls Golf – @LutheranGolf
        •    Football – @lhscougarfb
        •    Boys Volleyball – @LHSCougarVB
        •    Girls Volleyball@LHSCougarGVB
        •    Boys Basketball – @LHSCougarHoops
        •    Girls Basketball – @LHSCougarGBB
        •    Tennis – @LHSSC_Tennis
        •    Wrestling – @LHSSCwrestling
        •    Baseball – @LHSCougarball
        •    Booster – @LHSCougarball
    ​    •    Jr. Cougars – @@LHSJrCougar
        •    Dr. Kuhlmann – @DougKuhlmann 

    
If you need any assistance in signing up or using Twitter, please contact Jana Leppien (or your son/daughter!): athletic@lhssc.org  (636) 928-5100 


  • Sportsmanship at Lutheran High

    LHS families, 

    Welcome back to the second semester at LHS. I hope that you all enjoyed Christmas and New Years and had a relaxing time with your family and friends over break. 

    I want to take a moment and thank each of you for your continued support of the Lutheran High School Activities Department. Our 22 programs, 42 teams, over 250 athletes, dedicated group of 50+ coaches and the school administration appreciate all that you do! Your support, as a parent, is critical for our success as a department.  Whether it be attending games, being a member of the Booster Club, supporting our upcoming Trivia Night, etc. we appreciate your partnership!

    Lutheran High School considers sportsmanship a top priority. It is the expectation that all coaches, players, officials and spectators respect the integrity and judgment of everyone involved in all contests, including opponents and game officials. In accordance with our philosophy and goals, the promotion of sportsmanship is integral to the functioning of the AAA Conference and to Lutheran High School. Sportsmanship is a concrete measure of the understanding of and commitment to fair play, ethical behavior, and integrity.  Our sportsmanship and behavior at contests also allows others to see Jesus in the way that we act and react to adversity, our overacting priority about all other things! 

    Realize there is enough pressure on athletes to perform as it is.  Added pressure from reacting to mistakes and being critical and negative to coaches, players, and officials create unneeded stress and take away from the fun of sport.  LHS has made a commitment to promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators at all athletic events. Profanity, degrading remarks, and intimidating actions directed at officials, competitors, and other fans will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the event site. 

    To make this cooperative effort the most rewarding it can be for parents, athletes, coaches, officials, and visiting fans; the following is our “Sportsmanship High Fives”:

    -Show respect for the opponent at all times
    -Show respect for the officials
    -Know, understand, and appreciate the rules of the contest
    -Maintain self-control at all times
    -Recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of team

    It is important to realize that each school has their own vision of what good sportsmanship entails. Ensure that you understand OUR philosophy. There will be some schools that visit LHS or when we are on the road, which do not have the same ideals that we have and will not conduct themselves accordingly.  We know what we stand for and will act accordingly.

    I look forward to seeing you as we all join together to encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials, and fans at every game. We count on you, our fans, to cheer loudly for great play and to be a positive factor in the success of all our programs.

    Winning is an Attitude!

    Dr. Doug Kuhlmann, CMAA
    Director of Development and Activities
    @DougKuhlmann

  • Stay Informed With LHS Activities: Use Social Media

    Have you signed up for a Twitter account yet?  Coaches of each sport and activity leaders use Twitter to disseminate results of contests/games, changes in the practice schedule, game cancellations, hi-lights of games, all-conference and all-district results, etc.   We share pictures and information with our LHS fan-base and community on a consistent basis as a means to develop a stronger sense of school spirit and support!  

    We hope that you have already been “following” us….if not, you are strongly encouraged to do so.  We use Twitter as a primary means of sharing the aforementioned information.  If you are not following us, you may miss something important!  If you need assistance, here is an easy “how-to” for signing up for an account: 

    http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Twitter-Account

    Even if you do not want to have an account, but would like to receive the updates, we encourage you to do that, as well.   To follow our updates on twitter, go to www.twitter.com/lutherancougars to see our tweets.  Please note, to have our tweets sent directly to your phone via SMS, you will need to sign up for a twitter account. 

    General Information – @LutheranCougars
    Booster Club – @BoosterClubLHS
    Theatre – @LHSSCTheatre
    Music – @LHSCougarMusic
    Scholar Bowl – @cougarbrainteam
    Robotics – @LHSRoboteers
    (Performance) Strength and Conditioning – @LHS_Performance
    Boys/Girls Soccer – @LHSSoccerFC
    Softball – @LHSCougarSB
    Track and Field/Cross Country – @LutheranXC_TF
    Boys/Girls Swim – @CouglesSwimming
    Boys/Girls Golf – @LutheranGolf
    Football – @lhscougarfb
    Volleyball – @LHSCougarVB
    Boys Basketball – @LHSCougarHoops
    Girls Basketball – @LHSCougarGBB
    Tennis – @LHSSC_Tennis
    Wrestling – @lutheranmatrats
    Baseball – @LHSCougarball
    Sapphires – @LHS CougarSpirit
    Dr. Kuhlmann – @DougKuhlmann 
    Mrs. Leppien – @LuHiActivities
    Mr. Clark – @JClark8296

    If you need any assistance in signing up or using Twitter, please contact Jana Leppien (or your son/daughter!):

    athletic@lhssc.org

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