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September 15, 2014


Dear Parents & Student Athletes,
What an exciting weekend! After a week of fabulous wins by the Cardinals, the school officially opened the new playing surface on Fannon Field and made the ring presentation to our 2014 championship lacrosse team. 

Photo by John Simpson
Thank you to all the fans who braved the weather Saturday to attend the re-dedication of the field and the great win over St. Albans in football. The PTO, B.I. Athletic Booster Club, and many benefactors made it possible to put the field in place in late spring/early summer.  Special thanks to Mrs. Heitman of the PTO, Mr. Lucas of the Boosters, Mr. Marinoff, Class of 1968 and Hall of Famer for the Cardinals, our head of school, Dr. Curry, and Fr Bresnahan, who blessed the field during our wet dedication. 

This week the excitement continues, capped this Friday with a HUGE girls' soccer game at Witter Drive Fields. We are "under the lights" for Friday night soccer! We have music, Rocklands BBQ, and nationally ranked McDonogh School visiting our Cardinals in what is sure to be the area's premier soccer match up of the weekend.  It promises to be a beautiful Friday night; bring your lawn chair and join us for soccer at its best with kickoff at 7 pm. Come early for all the fun, pack the park, and grab a good seat, this is going to be CARDINAL CRAZY!

Softball: All students interested in playing softball are invited to attend a meeting with Coach Terri Pearson on Thursday, September 25 @ 3:15 pm.  If unable to attend please contact Coach Pearson or Coach Hutton.
Track & Field: Coach Barry Staton, who joined our program last winter as the head coach of the track & field team has resigned from that position. Coach Staton was teaching at a charter school in the area that closed. His new position is farther away from Alexandria, making it impossible for him to get to the school in a timely manner for practices. He resigned with much regret; he commented that his Ireton athletes were the "hardest working, most dedicated young people he has coached in more than 20 years in high school track & field.  I will miss working with them." A search will begin to find his replacement.


Recruiting has a language all its own. "Quiet period" "verbally committed" "national letter of intent" what does all this mean?  The NCAA sponsors its Eligibility Center for high school athletes, guidance counselors and coaches to refer to for answers to those kinds of questions.  For example, a verbal commitment is a non binding agreement for both the school and athlete. It does not require attendance by the athlete nor penalize them for going elsewhere; likewise, the school is neither obligated to offer admission or a scholarship based solely upon a "verbal commitment". What it is supposed to do is signal other schools that an athlete has made their decision. Click here to find out more. 


There is much more to youth sports than just the game. Life Lessons and Teachable Moments abound in every practice and game and many times in between. As a parent, keep your eye on the "Big Picture" of what your child can take from sports beyond the scoreboard.  
Also, realize there is much more to life than the youth sports experience. It is very easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of the games or the stress of navigating (sometimes literally as you play chauffeur) multiple kids through multiple seasons. But if you can relax and enjoy and help your kids get every benefit available from youth sports, it can be the best investment of time you ever make.

Sports Medicine


Meet our Team Physician

As athletic trainers, we work under the supervision of a physician. That physician can be any doctor providing care to one of our student athletes. We also work under the supervision of a team physician. Here at Bishop Ireton, our team physician is COL(R) Kathleen McHale, MD, MSEd, FACS.

Dr. McHale is a parent of 2 Ireton graduates who were both student-athletes. With that perspective along with her concentration in pediatrics, she gives great advice and recommendations to parents and student athletes when it comes to athletic injury treatments and return to play guidelines. Dr. Kathleen McHale has more than 30 years of experience as a pediatric orthopaedic specialist and medical educator. She is currently with Commonwealth Orthopaedics, the official Orthopaedic and physical Therapy Partner of the Washington Redskins. After earning a BS in Biology from Villanova University and a medical degree from Drexel University of Medicine. Dr. McHale also holds a Masters of Education from Old Dominion University and is actively involved in medical education. She is Clinic Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at George Washington University and Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (USUHS).

COL(R) McHale is a career officer in the United States Army. During her service, she had combat zone experience in Bosnia and Kosovo. Along with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Medical Corps (IMC), she led teams to re-educate local medical personnel during the Iraqi conflict.

Her military background includes Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Fort Belvoir, Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Orthopaedic Residency Director, and Chairman of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Walter Reed, and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at USUHS. As the Orthopaedic Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army, she supervised quality and certification of all Army Orthopaedics worldwide, especially resident education. Dr. McHale has significant experience in limb salvage after combat injuries and has done bench research in limb reconstruction. She initiated the Amputee Care Center which provides a multidisciplinary approach to our Wounded Warrior amputees.

The author of numerous scholarly publications, Dr. McHale is a well-known presenter at Orthopaedic conferences around the world. She holds fellowship in many professional societies to include the Academic Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. She is an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.



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Bill Simmons, Athletic Director 703-212-5169

Kwinten Brown, Asst. Athletic Director, 703-212-5172

Matt Horton, Asst. Athletic Director/Trainer, 703-212-5171

Ty Gardner, Asst. Athletic Trainer 


Check the Weekly Athletic Schedule for each team's schedule.   



Go Cardinals!! 


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