Athletics

About Our Athletic Program

The purpose of the Golda Och Academy athletic program is to offer a rewarding athletic experience and to develop the athletic potential of all our students.
Recognizing the distinct differences between Middle School and High School students, and the wide range of individual abilities, the athletic program strives to meet everyone’s needs.

Athletes are encouraged to develop a sense of positive sportsmanship, integrity, values, ethics, and derekh eretz and to display these qualities on and off the field. Development of leadership, personal responsibility and self esteem, and sensitivity and compassion towards others are also desired outcomes of the athletic program.
School colors: Blue and Gold
Mascot: Roadrunner
Conferences: NJSIAA Non-Public B, Super Essex Conference - Independence Division
Box scores: NJ.com

List of 3 items.

  • Boys running x-country

    Fall

    • Boys/Girls Varsity Cross Country
    • Boys/Girls Middle School Cross Country
    • Boys Varsity Soccer
    • Boys Middle School Soccer
    • Girls Varsity Soccer
    • Girls Middle School Soccer
    • Girls Varsity Tennis
    • Girls Middle School Tennis
    • Girls Varsity Volleyball
  • Girls basketball team

    Winter

    • Boys Varsity Basketball
    • Boys JV Basketball
    • Boys Middle School Basketball
    • Girls Varsity Basketball
    • Girls Middle School Basketball
    • Boys/Girls Middle School Volleyball
  • Spring

    • Boys Varsity Baseball
    • Boys Middle School Baseball
    • Boys Varsity Tennis
    • Boys Middle School Tennis
    • Boys Varsity Volleyball
    • Girls Varsity Softball
    • Girls Middle School Softball
    • Girls JV Lacrosse
ESPN Broadcaster and School Parent Ariel Helwani delivers an inspirational message to our student-athletes and parents.

Our Goal

The ultimate goal of the Golda Och Academy athletic program is to enable the athletes to mature socially, emotionally and physically. The individual’s character is built on respect of self and others, physical and emotional discipline and the ability to give 100 percent during practice as well as competition. Most importantly, our athletes learn to accept defeat and victory with equal poise. The success of the athletic program is built on commitment, cooperation, tolerance and enthusiasm among the individual players, coaches, administration, parents and community.

Upcoming Games

AUGUST 2020 UPDATE

Preseason practices will begin the week of September 14, 2020
Games will begin in early October 2020
Girls Volleyball season will be moved to Spring (Feb/Mar 2021)
 
While we continue to explore options for a safe student athletic experience under the guidance of the NJSIAA, there will be no formal sports team practices before school begins for both our Middle and High School students. We fully appreciate and understand the importance of keeping our students active and continuing the development of our sports teams. 
 
Ultimately, if we do not compete against other schools during the fall season, we are committed to providing an opportunity for our sports teams to meet and engage with each other, practice and expand skills, and find ways to compete safely within our own environment here at GOA. Once the school year begins and we are settled into our new routines, more information regarding participation in your after school athletic teams will be available.

Staff

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Dennis Kozar

    Dennis Kozar 

    Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education Faculty, Upper School
    973-602-3650
  • Photo of Robert Cohen

    Robert Cohen 

    Health and Physical Education Faculty, Upper School • Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
  • Photo of Sandy Pyonin

    Sandy Pyonin 

    Health and Physical Education Faculty, Upper School
  • Photo of Anat Niv

    Anat Niv 

    Health and Physical Education Faculty, Upper School
  • Photo of Greg DePugh

    Greg DePugh 

    Physical Education Faculty, Lower School