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 

Cougar Highlights

  • Fall Sports Banquet

    It’s time to celebrate the fall sports season! You are invited to the Fall Sports Banquet to be held at Lutheran High on Sunday, November 17.

    Dinner: An Italian dinner will be served at 5:30pm. 

    Tickets: Athlete tickets are FREE and family members are $15 per seat. To purchase tickets, visit https://lutheranhighstcharles.com/fall-sports-banquet-2/

    RSVP: Please purchase tickets by Monday, November 11

    Details: Doors open at 5:00pm – come early to pick your seat! Team awards will take place after dinner. 

  • Winter Sports Checklist

    Winter  Sports Families,

    The beginning of the Winter Sports season is rapidly approaching. Practices begin Monday, November 4 for Basketball and Wrestling and on Monday, 11 for Girls Swimming & Diving.  

    Please ensure that you have turned in the items below before attending the first practice.

    1.     MSHSAA Athletic Physical – dated after February 1, 2019.  Physicals should be uploaded to Privit or turned in to the school office. Notes:  Only Physicals dated after February 1,2019 qualify for the 2 year expiration date according to LHS policy. You must have a physical on file to participate in tryouts/practices. 

    2.     Register or update info with Privit – https://lhscougars-mo.e-ppe.com/index.jspa  Be sure to register as a parent first and then add your child. Note: if you have registered with Privit in previous years, revisit your account to resign forms for this season.

    3.     Paid Athletic Fee – These are due Monday, October 28Note: Athletic Fees were billed through FACTS. Check your email or sign in to your FACTS account on October 28 to make payment. Checks may also be dropped off in the school office.

    • Wrestling – $230
    • Basketball – $230
    • Girls Swim – $280

    Information for Fall Athletes Transitioning to a Winter Sport

    Student-athletes are not permitted to “practice” in a receiving sport (winter season) while they continue to compete in an sending sport (fall season).  However, they are allowed to “attend” practices with the overlapping time to learn plays, procedures, etc.  Again, while they are not permitted to be physically active at practices, they are permitted to be engaged mentally at practices of the receiving sport.  

    Beyond that, once the fall seasons have ended, LHS has a 3-day period of non-participation for any athlete whose season has just ended.  This gives our student-athletes a break…mentally and emotionally and physically…following the LONG season. 

    Game Schedules on Arbiter Live – http://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams?entityId=30140

    • All team schedules will be available online and will update automatically with any changes.  **Game schedules will be LIVE by October 25. Please note that the schedule is subject to change, so check them frequently.
    • Parents and athletes have the option to “follow” specific teams and receive emails and/or text messages when changes are made to games.
    • Individual team schedules can be printed directly from the website.
    • An ICAL link is also available, to subscribe to specific team schedules. 

    Winter Sports Parent Meeting – It is mandatory for at least one parent to attend the winter sports parent meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30 pm in the LHS commons. 

    Questions – You are encouraged to communicate with our winter coaching staff with specific questions regarding practices, competition, or anything else about the upcoming season.  Please see their contact information below:

    Please contact Jana Leppien athletic@lhssc.org with any additional questions.

  • Lutheran High Hires New Wrestling Coach

    Lutheran High is proud to announce that Shane Clark has been named the head wrestling coach. 
     
    Coach Clark has an extensive background in all levels of wrestling and brings a wealth of knowledge to the wrestling program.  He has been active in the Junior Cougar Wrestling and looks to continue to build the program. 
     
    Coach Clark and his family are members of Immanuel Lutheran St. Charles.  They have 2 boys who play in the Junior Cougar Football and Junior Cougar Wrestling programs.  We welcome Coach Clark and wish him well at Lutheran High.
     
    Coach Clark can be reached at clark.shane@sbcglobal.net

     

     

  • LHS Hires New Men's & Women's Head XC Coach

    Lutheran High School is proud to announce the hiring of Mrs. Elizabeth Fruend as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach for the upcoming 2019 fall season.

    An alumna and current staff member of LHS, Elizabeth Fruend (ne Burch), is thrilled to be assuming the Head Coach position of the Cougar Cross Country Team in 2019.  Her cheery attitude and effervescent smile are deceiving.  Elizabeth is a bulldog when it comes to competitive sports.  She has assisted in 2017 and 2018 in Cross Country and has participated in several running clinics with a plan to take Cougar Cross Country to the next level for our runners. 

    She previously coached track at Immanuel St. Charles for 7 years where the teams earned 6 Boys State Championships and 3 Girls State Championships. Elizabeth is personally active, having run in 12 half marathons and continues to run each morning.  Coach Fruend states, “Running is a discipline students can participate in the rest of their lives!”  Elizabeth often recruits students with the promise that “everyone is a starter in Cross Country.”  

    She is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, where she was a four-year varsity starter for the women’s basketball team and an all-conference athlete.  Elizabeth is married to fellow LHS alum, Rick, and mother of three LHS students; Joshua (class of 2018, now attending SIUE), Julia (class of 2019, attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale next) and Travis (class of 2021).

    We look forward to Coach Fruend leading our program and our student-athletes on the course next fall!

  • New Sapphires Coach - Brooke Schulte

    Lutheran High School is proud to announce the hiring of Mrs. Brooke Schulte as a Sapphires coach for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

    Three years ago, God presented Coach Schulte with the opportunity to coach middle school cheer at Messiah Lutheran School. In those years, she has been blessed to work with talented and dedicated students as well as their supportive parents. During her time as MLS cheer coach, the squad tripled in size and the girls have earned 2 first place finishes in competition. Her excitement and passion for the sport continues to grow each year as does her love of coaching.

    Coach Schulte is an LHS alumna. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Concordia University Wisconsin. She has been immensely blessed with a loving family and by wonderful Christian schools. She is a runner, former cheerleader, fitness enthusiast and proud mother. She is very excited for the opportunity to work with Coach Alexandra Milakis and the Sapphires! 

    We look forward to Coach Schulte joining Coach Milakis as part of our Sapphires program staff next year and working with our spirit squad!

  • New JV Boys Soccer Coach - Mark Lurtz

    Lutheran High School is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Mark Lurtz as a JV boys soccer coach for the upcoming 2019 fall season.

    Coach Lurtz brings a decade of coaching experience to the LHS sidelines, including ages U6-U16 in U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) competitive youth club soccer.  During this time, Mark has coached hundreds of games in the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA) league and USYSA sanctioned competitive tournaments against various levels of teams, including Championship and Premier level teams. He holds a USSF National ‘D’ Coaching License. 

    Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing and currently works as Director of Partnership Development for Capital Link, a Boston-based non-profit organization. Mark, his wife Kelly, and their sons, Aidan (18) and Cuinn (15), reside in Cottleville, MO.

    We look forward to Coach Lurtz joining Coach Wilhite and Coach Perryman as part of our boy’s soccer staff next fall and working with our student-athletes!

  • New Baseball Coach - Nick Gibson

    Lutheran High School is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Nick Gibson as a JV baseball coach for this spring season.

    Coach Gibson is joining the LHS baseball coaching staff in 2019 and is excited to be a part of the program.  Nick has coached baseball for the past 13 years across various levels and age groups.  Most recently he served as a head coach in the Rawlings Xtreme high school program for the past 4 seasons, managing the top team in their respective age group each season.  Nick recently helped guide over 15 players over this time period through the college baseball recruiting process, leading to college baseball scholarship opportunities for all of them, across all NCAA, NAIA and JUCO divisions. He is extremely focused on the overall development of his players and how to best assist them in achieving their long term baseball goals. 

    Nick also coached in the Rawlings Tigers program and with various independent teams for many years.  He has led several youth teams to titles at large national events including 1st place finishes at the Gatorade National Championships at Grand Park in 2017 (11u team), and coached the only team from St. Louis to win the Division 1 championship at the Triple Crown Omaha SlumpBuster event in 2014 (14u team).  

    Nick is married to his wife Lori Gibson of 15 years, and they are blessed with 3 boys, Chase-19, Cayden-13, and Crosby- 8.  They spend most of their time at the ballpark, but enjoy spending time with family and friends whenever possible.  He is also very appreciative of his wife’s support in allowing him the opportunity to impact the lives of his players through coaching.  Nick is a graduate of Fort Zumwalt South High School, and he received his B.S. in Economics and Finance from UMSL graduating with high honors.   

    We look forward to Coach Gibson joining our baseball staff and working with our student-athletes in our baseball program this spring!  

     
     
     
     
     
  • 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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