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.


  • Baseball: 2010-'11, 2012-'13, 2013-'14, 2015-'16
  • Girls Soccer: 2004-'05, 2015-'16
  • Boys Tennis: 2016-'17
  • Girls Ice Hockey: 2013-1'4, 2016-'17
  • Boys Ice Hockey: 2010-'11

Character       Commitment       Community

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.”

Athletics News

List of 10 news stories.

  • 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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  • Five University Liggett School seniors sign National Letters of Intent

    Five University Liggett School seniors were awarded scholarships to play sports at the college level beginning next fall. Seniors Bea Bernard, Eva Papista, Isabelle Brusilow, Logan King and Billy Kopicki signed their National Letters of Intent on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Bernard will row for the University of Tennessee women’s rowing team, Papista will play soccer for the St. Francis College women’s soccer team, Brusilow will play soccer for Northern Michigan University's women’s soccer team, King will play baseball for Spring Arbor University and Kopicki will play baseball for Miami University. 
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  • Girls' swim team has strong state meet

    The girls’ swim team finished 6th out of 36 teams at the Division 3 state finals. The girls were led by Sophie Housey, who was named to the MISCA “Dream Team” for her first
    place finish in the 200 freestyle. Housey is the only Division 3 swimmer who appears on the Dream Team; see a full list here. Housey also won the 100 freestyle, and led the relay teams to 6th (200 medley relay) and 8th place (400 freestyle relay) scoring finishes.

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  • Field Hockey Wins State Championship

    The University Liggett School Girls' Varsity Field Hockey team defeated St. Catherine of Siena Academy 1-0 on Saturday, Oct. 27 to win the 2018 MHSFHA Division II State Championship. The Knights upset the No. 1 seed, 1-0, on a goal by Ella Karolak in the 53rd minute.
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  • Fall Sports: They're a Wrap!

    Middle School:
    Middle-school fall sports concluded on Oct. 23, wrapping up a season filled with fun and new friendships. Congratulations to all the coaches who put in long hours and to all the athletes for their commitment to the following teams: field hockey, cross country, boys’ soccer, boys’ tennis, and volleyball. The middle school fall sports awards will be Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m.
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  • University Liggett School sophomore is tennis champ

    University Liggett School sophomore William Cooksey won the No. 1 singles flight in last weekend’s Division 4 state finals tennis tournament.

    Cooksey, the No. 1 seed, beat Ann Arbor Greenhills’s Sahil Deenadayalu, the No. 2 seed, 6-0, 7-5 in the title match.

    Cooksey won 6-0, 6-2 in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and 6-0, 6-1 in his first match.

    He helped the Knights finish tied for eighth with 12 points in the team standings. Greenhills won the title with 38 points, followed by Traverse City St. Francis with 26 and Allegan with 23 to round out the top three.
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  • MHSAA Eligibility and Transfer update

    The MHSAA is changing the transfer rule for the 2019-2020 school year and the differences are significant. The linked document below also contains a wealth of information from the MHSAA on general athletic eligibility unrelated to transferring. It is recommend that all high school athletes and parents read through this information.
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  • University Liggett School hosts Field Hockey Play Day

    More than 200 student-athletes were on campus Saturday as University Liggett School hosted the Michigan High School Field Hockey Association Varsity Field Hockey Play Day for the first time. Ten teams from around Metro Detroit faced off in a total of four, 36-minute games, utilizing both the Muriel E. Brock and Middle School AstroTurf fields.  MHSFHA officials supervised each of the games in preparation for the opening of the 2018 season. A sincere thank you to the parent volunteers, student-team managers and coaches who helped organize and staff the event. Go Knights!
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University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444