Keys to Success

2019 Salesianum Cross Country

Keys to Success!

Head Coach: Michael Lo Sapio     Assistant Coache(s): Scott Davis, Pat Hally, Asa Equels                                          

Salesianum School’s Athletic Department and its coaches strive to bring out the best in our student-athletes and to assist them in reaching their full potential in mind, body, and spirit.  As coaches, we believe that athletics are an integral dimension of life.  They teach the values of teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship.  Each member of the XC/Track team is expected to be a student first and be responsible for all academics.  Winning comes from team unity and a commitment to the mission and values of the school.  Teamwork from coaches and athletes is primary and is a skill that lasts a lifetime. 

“The process IS the Goal!”



  • Be on time for practice ready to give your best physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. 3:15pm—5:15pm.
  • Direction of Intention before every practice/meet. Hail Mary at the end.
  • Be the best student you can be! and stay out of JUG. 
    • "Study smarter, not harder" Fr. Mokluk 
  • God, Family, School, Running; in that order!
  • Bring your best attitude to practice every day. Positive attitudes are contagious, and so are negative ones.
  • Sleep, sleep, sleep!!! 8 hours should be the minimum
  • Eat properly, but give yourself one cheat meal once a week.
    • "The greatest wealth is health.  ~Virgil
  • If you are going to miss practice or a meet, a written note (can be written by the student) must be given to the coaches before the missed meet/practice
    • 1st unexcused practice = suspension from the next meet, but you must attend the meet. 
    • 2nd unexcused practice = you removed yourself from the team.
  • Take good care of your uniform/warm-ups.  If it is lost, you have to pay for the entire outfit; they come as a set.
  • No hazing of any kind; physical, verbal or emotional
  • Never use speech with a negative attitude.  Negative comments are contagious and bring other teammates down.  Be Positive! B+!!!
  • Act as a Salesian Gentleman toward any other coaches, teams, athletes or spectators.  You are “wearers of the S”…act like it!
  • Vive Jesu...Live Jesus!!! 
  • Any and all injuries should be reported to the coaches and Dr. Joe.  If you choose to go to a doctor, we have to follow their instruction. A Dr.’s note must be turned in before return to activity.
  • Driving to and from a meet/practice has to be cleared by the coaches first. 
    • The only person allowed in your vehicle is a relative.
  • No one is allowed to leave a dual meet until coach’s dismissal and Hail Mary.
  • Trust your coaches, captains and adults around you.  There are many people that care about you and want you to succeed.  
  • Set personal goals, take a chance and go after them! never know!!!
  • Try to become the best athlete, and person, you can be 
  • Follow all rules in the 2015-2016 Parent/Student Athletic Handbook.  
  • We don’t demand that you achieve excellence; we demand that you strive for it!

St. Francis de Sales Quotes


Be Humble “True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.”

Practice Good Teamwork “A spoon full of honey gets more flies than a barrel full of vinegar.”  St. Francis de Sales. 

Strength of Character “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength”~SFDS

Act as a Good Example “Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.” ~SFDS

Being Responsible “We have freedom to do good or evil; yet to make choice of evil, is not to use, but to abuse our freedom.” ~SFDS

Communication “When charity requires it we must freely and mildly communicate to our neighbor not only what is his instruction, but also what is profitable for his consolation.”~SFDS 

"Hard work is the price we must all pay for success.  I think we can accomplish almost anything if we are willing to pay the price.  The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”  Vince Lombardi


“Too many people fail because they give up what they want most for what they want in the moment.”

Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.  Mario Andretti


“Nothing great ever happens without enthusiasm.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”  Theodore Roosevelt

I judge a person’s worth by the kind of person he is in life – by the way he treats his fellow man, by the way he wants to be treated, and by the way he respects people around him”  Calvin Murphy

“A great leader is less concerned about his popularity and more concerned about holding everyone to their highest standards and driving his teammates to their potential.”  – Dorrance.  Not long ago, to ‘believe in your self’ meant taking a principled and often lonely, stand when it appeared difficult or dangerous to do so.  Now it means accepting one’s own desires and inclinations, whatever they may be, and taking whatever steps that may be necessary to advance them.”  William Damon

“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.”  Carlos de Montesquieu

“I never blame failure – there are too many complicated situations in life – but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort.”  F. Scott Fitzgerald

“One of life’s most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn’t do our homework, that we are not prepared.” Merlin Olsen

“Always take the time to show compassion for those less fortunate, and there are many.  Take the time to help a young child cross the street, or to carry a bag of groceries for an elderly lady.  And every now and then, look up into that big, beautiful, blue sky and admit that there are things in this world more wondrous that yourself.”  Jack Lambert