Beginning this school year, Chaminade Julienne men’s and women’s athletics teams will compete as members of the same league for the first time in school history.
On Monday, Aug. 12, Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, announced details of the Greater Catholic League’s realignment , which splits 18 Dayton- and Cincinnati-area Catholic high schools into three divisions. CJ will be part of the the GCL Coed Division along with Alter, Carroll and Fenwick (north), and Badin, McNicholas, Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon (central). Matthew Koenig is the division’s commissioner.
“The formation of the new GCL gives us the opportunity to reaffirm the Catholic mission of our high school athletic programs,” Rigg told The Catholic Telegraph. “Just as our high schools exist to foster the faith, so, too, do our sports teams.”
The GCL South, comprised of Division I all-boys schools Elder, LaSalle, Moeller and St. Xavier, will remain intact as its own division. The former Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League has been absorbed and becomes its own similarly named division -- the Girls’ Greater Catholic League (GGCL) -- comprised of Division I all-girls schools McAuley, Mother of Mercy, Mount Notre Dame, Seton, Ursula and Ursuline
“In terms of how we serve our students, league realignment is a positive change for CJ athletic teams,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director.
“Having the GCL Coed Division in place allows us to affirm our relationships and work more closely with the seven other schools in our league that are most like us in terms of our mission and the students we serve,” Pierce said.
The Eagles first joined the GCL, established in 1931, with Alter, Badin and McNicholas for the 1990-91 school year. Women's teams did not join the GGCL, established in 1966, until the 2006-07 school year when CJ entered with Carroll and Fenwick.
Learn more about the league at the GCL Coed Division’s new Web site, gclc.gclsports.com.
Other New Developments in Athletics
- The varsity football and varsity women's tennis teams are wearing new uniforms during this fall season.
- Varsity football will play five of its six home games at Wayne High School. One home game will be played at Centeville High School.
- OHSAA divisional realignment bumped CJ football down from Division IV to Division V. Wrestling, men’s basketball and baseball also move down from Division II to Division III through the 2015 season. These changes are in effect through the 2014-15 school year. Women’s sports divisions remain unchanged.
- Women’s lacrosse is now a school sponsored interscholastic varsity sport for the spring season. Men’s lacrosse remains a club sport.