A History of Athletics at The Out-of-Door Academy.
Interscholastic high-school athletic competition came to The Out-of-Door Academy during the 1995-1996 season, when under the direction of Out-of-Door's first Athletic Director, Shelley Stone, the school offered volleyball and soccer to the first freshman class. In addition to its two varsity teams, Out-of-Door also sponsored a single swimmer, Melodie Melvin, who competed for the school during that first season.
Out-of-Door's first high school athletic teams.
In the fall of 1996 The Out-of-Door Academy opened a campus in Lakewood Ranch to serve as its high school. The eighteen freshman that year, with the supervision of Stone, chose blue and white as their school's colors and Thor/Thunder as their mascot. In February, the Thunderdome was officially opened, creating a permanent home for Out-of-Door's volleyball and basketball teams.
Left: Students participate in the groundbreaking ceremony
For the 1996-1997 season, The Out-of-Door Academy added baseball, basketball, cross country and tennis to its athletic offerings, with Summer Smith competing as the only girl on the boys baseball team. In 1998, Out-of-Door's volleyball team was District Runner-Up, and four runners (Ashley Palmer, Danielle Pitts, John Neill and Lem Andrews) became Out-of-Door's first state qualifiers.
1999 marked a pivotal year for the school as The Out-of-Door Academy graduated its first class of twelve students, and the varsity volleyball team became the school's first District Champions. In 1999 the school also expanded its athletic offerings to include softball and cheerleading.
Right: The Out-of-Door Academy's first graduates. The inaugural class of 1999.
In the Spring of 2000 Gretchen Haynor and Laura Ahmes made history when they won the Florida State Doubles Championship in Tennis, becoming Out-of-Door's first state champions.
In 2002 Todd Radford assumed leadership of the athletic department, while also serving as the varsity men's basketball coach. Under Radford's leadership, The Out-of-Door Academy added football to its schedule, playing their first game on August 18, 2006.
In the spring of 2007 Out-of-Door unveiled a new image for athletics, and announcing Jason Peters as the new athletic director.
|Right: The Out-of-Door Academy's athletic logo, introduced in 2007.|| |
In the summer of 2010, Noel Beaulieu was introduced as Out-of-Door's new athletic director.