Athletics Mission and Goals


ECCHS Athletic Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Elk County Catholic High School Athletic Program is to strengthen our student-athletes in good sportsmanship, fair play, and honest competition while bringing them closer together as part of God’s redeemed people.
Our mission statement is made easy when considering that we are an institution that has God and Christianity as its foundation. The focus is to develop Christian morals and values through competition in order to have a truly fulfilling high school experience.

Coaching Philosophy

Athletes First – Winning Second
Decisions our coaches make and the behavior they display is based first on what they think is best for the athlete (within the context of the dynamics of the team) and second on what may improve the athlete’s or team’s chance of winning.
Winning, or more accurately, striving to win, is essential to competition. To play sports without striving to win is to be a “dishonest competitor”, says Michael Novak in Joy of Sports.
Competition is neither good nor evil. Whether competition is healthy depends upon how we compete and what significance is placed on winning.

Goal of the Athletic Department

The goal of the Athletic Department is to provide a wide range of interscholastic sporting activities that not only allow for maximum participation of our students but also provide an opportunity for each of our students to find an activity in which they can excel.


Elk County Catholic High School is a member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). The school abides by all rules and regulations set forth by the association.

Contest Prayer

We pray to you, oh God, in the spirit of Christian brotherhood.
We ask you to strengthen us in good sportsmanship, fair play, and honest competition.
We ask that what we do tonight will not separate us, but rather draw us closer together as part of your redeemed people.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, your son and our Lord.