Athletic Director's Welcome

Athletic Director's Welcome
Dear Students and Parents,

On behalf of all of the coaches that work here at Mills, I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our athletic website to explore our athletic programs we offer here at Lewis S. Mills.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a great group of coaches working with your son(s)/daughter(s).  We have nothing but their best interests at heart and in mind.  It is the athletic departments job to bring out the very best in each and every one of them.  We hope that their successes on the field will carry over to other aspects of their lives during their high school career and beyond.  

We strive to foster academic excellence, personal growth, and respect for diversity. Within a safe learning environment, we share the collective responsibility with students, parents, and the community to cultivate the skills, knowledge and attitudes that help our students realize their full potential as learners and responsible citizens. 

The Athletic Department is concerned with the educational development of students and believes that a properly managed, well-organized sports program will meet the students’ need for self-expression, mental alertness, and physical growth. The athletic department fully supports the mission of Lewis S. Mills High School and works closely to actively contribute to the academic growth of our student-athletes. 

The Lewis Mills Athletic Department would like to extend an invitation to all students to participate in the many interscholastic athletic programs offered. As a proud member of the Berkshire League, Pequot League, Western Connecticut Lacrosse Conference, CCC and CIAC we offer 28 varsity sports at the high school with many of these teams having junior varsity and freshman teams.

The numerous programs are designed to accommodate as many students as possible. Students who choose to participate in athletics are making a choice that requires self-discipline, personal organization and a serious commitment. For this reason, we place a strong emphasis on good training habits, academic responsibility and positive school behaviors. Students who do not adhere to these rules may jeopardize their privilege to participate in the program. Parents and student-athletes should be aware that involvement in athletics is a privilege, not a right. Student-Athletes are role models and should remember to exhibit a positive image for themselves, their teams and their communities. 

We believe individual students will benefit from opportunities to grow physically, intellectually and emotionally through interscholastic and intramural activities. The board will strive to provide students interscholastic competition in a variety of sports, both traditional and non-traditional. These activities challenge students in competitive environments leading to enhanced individual and team growth. Furthermore, a well-organized and well-conducted athletic program has a significant effect on the morale of a student body and is an important factor in promoting positive school-community relations. 

While we are extremely proud and fortunate of the success of our many programs, we do not condone a “win at all costs” attitude. The purpose of the program is to ensure a positive experience for all students who choose to participate. It is also a goal to provide all student-athletes with an opportunity to learn the importance of ethical behavior, good sportsmanship, positive values, and a realization of their self worth. 
The athletic staff takes great pride in their concern for the welfare of each athlete. They are aware of the tremendous influence of their position and strive to instill the highest ideals and character traits in our students.  Participation in interscholastic athletics is an experience you will never forget. Enjoy it; take pride in your performance and best wishes for a successful season. 
I hope that the upcoming season will be as rewarding for you as serving as the Director of Athletics has been for me this past year.  I look forward to working with you this school year.
Sincerely, 
David A. Francalangia