We consider the playing field an extension of the classroom, and gauge athletic achievement not only on the outcome of games, but sportsmanship, continued improvement, and leadership.

Athletics leads to lifelong healthy lifestyles and physical well-being while teaching self discipline, sacrifice, respect, cooperation, loyalty and pride in teamwork. Interscholastic athletics begin in grade five and nearly 80% of our students participate in the Middle School program.

Upper School at Liggett offers more than 20 varsity sports and five junior varsity sports with 75% of students participating on at least one team.
Liggett has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including eight turf fields, eight tennis courts, an ice arena, and gymnasium. We are proud to have consistently won conference, district, regional and state championships and have many student-athletes and teams that have received academic honors based on coaches’ associations standards.

Character       Commitment       Community

Athletics News

List of 5 news stories.

  • University Liggett School hires new head and assistant girls’ varsity hockey coaches

    University Liggett School has hired Gregory Paddison as the head coach for the girls’ varsity hockey team. Previously Paddison was the boys’ varsity head coach at Royal Oak High School.
    “I'm eager to meet the young women I am going to have the privilege to coach and only hope that I can live up to the standards that University Liggett School has, and rightfully should, of those of us privileged enough to be a part of this community of coaches, teachers, and administrators, leading the next generation,” Paddison said. 
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  • Baseball game location moved

    Due to heavy rainfall this morning, ULS's semifinal baseball game has been moved to Warrior Park: 1525 Equity Drive, Troy. The Knights are scheduled to take the field about 12:30 p.m. Go Knights!
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  • Varsity girls' basketball team adopts family

    The varsity girls' basketball team adopted a family for Christmas. They chose a family of eight underprivileged kids to get new clothes and toys for.  After practice on Monday they had a pizza party where they wrapped all the gifts themselves. The senior captains will be delivering the gifts to this family in the upcoming days. 
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  • Girls’ ice hockey on Fox Sports Detroit

    Watch the girls' ice hockey team on Fox Sports Detroit.
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  • Positive Coaching Alliance visiting in March

    The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) will visit University Liggett School in March, as a part of our partnership with the organization.
    On Friday, March 1 members of the PCA will speak to the Upper School student body at 10 a.m. during community time and hold a discussion with parents at 6 p.m. Parents, please save the date for this event.
    Then on Saturday, March 2 the PCA will speak to the University Liggett School coaching staff and visiting coaches as a part of our second Coach Academy.
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Positive Coaching Alliance

University Liggett School has established a three-year partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience.
The partnership provides University Liggett School access to PCA’s training for coaches, sports parents, student-athletes and administrators, comprising live group workshops, online courses, books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson and additional online resources, such as e-mailed follow-up tips and reminders.

PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools, districts, conferences, youth sports organizations and park-and-rec departments to create a Development ZoneTM culture, where the goal is using youth and high school sports to develop Better Athletes, Better People, Thompson said.

“We look forward to working with University Liggett School to create the best possible experience for the student-athletes. Our research-based materials combine the latest in sports psychology, education and practical advice from top pro and college coaches and athletes that help improve athletic performance while also ensuring kids take life lessons from sports that will help them throughout the rest of their lives.”

A Winning Tradition

Baseball State Championships:   
1979, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016

Girls Field Hockey State Championships: 
1996,  2018

Boys Golf State Championships: 

Boys Hockey State Championships:  
1980, 1990, 2012
Girls Hockey State Championships:  
2009, 2014, 2017, 2018

Boys Soccer State Championships:  

1982, 1983, 1996, 1999
Girls Soccer State Championships:     
2005, 2016
Boys Tennis State Championships:  
1933, 1940, 1946, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2016, 2017
Girls Tennis State Championships: 
1974, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002


University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444