Physical fitness – whether achieved through team sports or fitness classes -- is part of the total educational experience at Madeira.
Madeira’s athletic and fitness program has something for everyone: competitive interscholastic varsity teams, developmental interscholastic junior varsity teams, and instructional fitness classes.
Fall, Winter, & Spring seasons; Open to grades 9-12
Athletic Team Student Assistant: The Athletic Team Student Assistants (SA) report to the designated sport specific practice location Monday – Friday for the duration of practice (potentially Saturday’s for ISL Play Days and Invitationals). SA will assist their team/coaching staff with the following tasks: taking attendance, game and event support, updating social media and filming competitions. SA must complete at least THREE/FOUR Breakaway workouts each week. (Varsity: 2, Maximum of 3, JV: 1, Maximum of 2)
Athletic Department Student Assistant: Athletic Department Student Assistants (ADSA) are expected to work closely with the Athletic Department assisting with daily administrative tasks and longstanding projects. Tasks can include taking attendance, game and event support, updating social media and filming competitions. To receive D-block credit the ADSA reports to the Hurd Monday – Friday for two hours (potentially Saturday’s for ISL Play Days and Invitationals). The ADSA also must complete at least THREE/FOUR Breakaway workouts each week. (Maximum of 1 student per season)
Athletic Training Student Assistant: The Athletic Training Student Assistant (ATSA) works with the Madeira Athletic Trainer daily with an expectation to observe and participate in duties connected with injury management. ATSA will learn basic anatomy and common mechanisms of injury. At the completion of each season, students are expected to demonstrate specific competencies based on areas of focus. This position is for students with an expressed interest in a sports medicine related field. (Maximum of 1 student per season)
Fall, Winter, & Spring seasons; Open to grades 9-12
Pilates: A mat-based exercise class that aims to improve flexibility and stability by strengthening muscles.
Yoga: A mat-based exercise class that uses a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation derived from Yoga to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Fitness: Technology free self-directed workout using the cardio and weight equipment in the Cardio room. (Roster Minimum: 4, Roster Maximum: 12)
Advanced Fitness: Advanced Fitness aims to enhance our athletic philosophy by developing strong women who succeed at life. Strength builds success. Students will engage in free-weight training led by our Strength and Conditioning Coach using barbell, dumbbell, kettlebell, and medicine ball movements. Students will learn the value of hard, consistent work to reach their maximum potential through the techniques of strength training. (Roster Minimum: 4, Roster Maximum: 12)
Zumba: A versatile fitness class that combines sixteen core steps using four basic rhythms: salsa, reggae ton, merengue, and cumbia.
Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons; Open to grades 9-12
Madeira competes locally within the Independent School League (ISL) and the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA). Students are expected to attend all games and practices, including weekend events. Practice times are typically Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:45-4:15 p.m for junior varsity teams and 4:00-6:00 p.m. for varsity teams. Preseason tryouts for fall sports will be open to returning athletes and invited new girls who are interested in being considered for a varsity team. Junior varsity tryouts for fall sports will take place during the first week of school. Tryouts are open to the entire student body during the pre-season for each sport.
Winter season; Open to grades 9-12
While learning the valuable skills necessary for self-protection, students will experience the benefits of increased physical fitness, better mental focus, enhanced self-confidence, and a more placid state of mind. Students will learn a balance of karate techniques utilizing the upper and lower body and will learn to strike vital areas with many parts of the body including elbows, knees, hands, and feet. Students will also learn how to fall and how to throw others in self-defense situations. The traditions of bowing, wearing the karate uniform (gi), and using special terminology will be practiced in the dojo (school) to create a unique atmosphere that promotes safety and respect for oneself, for one’s classmates, and for the sensei (teacher).
Fall, Winter, & Spring seasons (various depending on activity); Open to grades 9-12
Swimming 101: An introduction to basic training concepts for beginner and novice swimmers. This activity requires a student to be able to be in the pool each day (Mon-Fri) of the season.
Swimming for Conditioning: This course is geared towards intermediate to advanced level swimmers. This course will cover the four main competitive strokes, turns, and will contain a rigorous workout. This activity requires a student to be able to be in the pool each day (Mon-Fri) of the season.
Tennis 101: This course introduces and develops the basic skill required to play tennis including the serve, forehand, backhand, volley, overhead and other specialty shots. Students will learn proper tennis etiquette, tennis specific warmup exercises, tennis match scoring, match warm up routines, and basic game strategies designed for recreational tennis match play. Players are required to supply their own racquets and shoes appropriate for tennis courts.?
Advanced Tennis: This course develops higher level tennis skills and techniques and assumes players already possess the basic skill sets required for recreational tennis match play. After a review of basic skills, instruction will transition to the mental and physical attributes required to execute winning offensive and defensive strategies for both singles and doubles play.? Drills and practice match play for singles will explore baseline, aggressive baseline, serve and volley, and all-court styles of play. Drills and practice match play for doubles will explore traditional one up/one back, the "I" formation, poaching, and both back styles of play.?Players are required to supply their own racquets and shoes appropriate for tennis courts. (Roster Minimum: 4, Roster Maximum: 12)
3 seasons yearly, at least two of which must be team-related
For more on athletics requirements, including information on independent projects that qualify for athletic credits, see the Athletic and Activity Requirements page.
Rod Montrie began working at Madeira in 1992. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Under Coach Montrie’s guidance, Madeira has remained at the top of the Independent School League, winning the ISL pennant in 2003 and 2016, and the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association State Championship five times - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006. Coach Montrie also garnered VISAA Coach of the Year accolades on five separate occasions, and in 2007, was selected as the recipient of the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association's David H. Robertson Award for Coaching Excellence. In 2015, he and the 2003 Swim and Dive team were inducted into the Madeira Athletics Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. Coach Montrie has led the Snails to 25 consecutive winning seasons, 24 consecutive top-ten state finishes, six individual and twelve relay All-Americans, three VISAA Swimmers of the Year, one All-Met Swimmer of the Year, and over 50 All-League, All-State, or All-Met swimmers. He has also helped over 25 Madeira swimmers advance to compete at the collegiate level. Coach Rod Montrie has solidified himself as a staple of success for Madeira Athletics, and has become a fixture in the swim community in the DMV.
Ka'Shauna Cook comes to Madeira after receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Business Marketing at West Virginia State University and her Masters of Art in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University. While receiving her Masters, Ka'Shauna served as a head coach for the Germantown Lady Panthers organization and the Varsity Head Coach at Col. Zadok Magruder High School. During her tenured at Magruder, Ka'Shauna received Montgomery County 3A Coach of the Year and led the Colonels to their second regional finals appearance in the last decade. Ka'Shauna is passionate about helping female athletes develop a strong educational foundation while pursuing their athletic endeavors.
Jon DiCandilo comes to The Madeira School with 20 years experience educating others in fitness and health. Jon is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Most recently, Jon worked in Japan for three years with a professional men's basketball team as their strength coach. Prior to that, Jon was the Head Athletic Trainer at The Hill School in Pennsylvania. Jon has spent over 15 years of his career working with high school athletes. Both of Jon's previous roles provided him with a strong understanding in athletes development and best practices to return to sport concluding injuries. Jon loves working with students in their life long pursuits of learning.
Tavis Laws comes to Madeira with over 10 years of coaching and athletic administration experience. Most recently he served as the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, Head Varsity Girls Soccer Coach, and Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Congressional School in Falls Church.
During his tenure at Congressional, Laws was able to develop a championship caliber program that focused on educational athletics. He oversaw the addition of boys and girls lacrosse as an interscholastic sport for Congressional and developed one of the top middle school cross country meets in the metro area which included over 300 runners from 20 schools. He served as the President of the Capital Athletic Conference the last two years of his tenure. Prior to Congressional, Coach Laws spent time as an Assistant Athletic Director and Teacher at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA.
Coach Laws received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Shepherd University and was a member of the baseball team. After graduating, he played in the professional arena football league.
Coach Laws has a passion for helping coaches and athletes strive for excellence and creating winning cultures with education-based athletics, where everyone matters.
“It is with great pleasure that I begin to serve the students and community at The Madeira School. I am truly grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to lead Madeira Athletics into the next charter of success. I believe that athletic fields and courts are the greatness classroom and teaches life lessons that are invaluable. The Madeira School has a rich history of academic and athletic excellence and it that my hope to continue to launch women who change the world. Go Snails!”
Elle O’Brien comes to Madeira after earning her bachelor's degree in Sport Management and her master’s degree in Exercise Science from George Washington University. While receiving her masters, Elle worked as a strength and conditioning coach for George Washington University’s sports teams including; women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, sailing, men’s squash, and women’s water polo. As a coach, Elle strives to elevate and empower female athletes through sport.