Athletics Program Pinellas County | Canterbury School of Florida


Welcome to the Home of the Crusaders! We are extremely proud of our student athletes, coaches, parents, and fans. Their commitment to sportsmanship at the highest level is recognized by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). Canterbury has been a recipient of the 2A State Sportsmanship Award five times in the past 16 years. We pride ourselves in letting our coaches coach, our players play, and our spectators to spectate.  

Five members of the Class of 2017 have signed athletic scholarships to compete in softball, football, and soccer. A total of 41 CSF graduates have received scholarships to play college athletics in the past six years. That number speaks volumes to the dedication, commitment and hard work by both the student-athletes and their coaches.

In 2017, our Varsity Softball team won an unprecedented fourth state championship. The Canterbury Softball program has won more state championships than any other softball program in Pinellas County history. Individually, the Crusaders boasted three Division I student-athletes. Danielle Romanello signed with the University of Florida, Taylor Bump signed with the University of Michigan, and Ashley Campbell signed with Florida Tech. Additionally, CSF had five FHSAA Academic All-Americans. 

In 2016, Ellen McMullen, Class of 2016, who was not only a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction, but was also named as one of only 12 girls in the state of Florida to the FHSAA 2016 Academic All-State Team. Ellen was a "lifer" at Canterbury, meaning she began in Kindergarten, and was an integral part of the swimming, soccer, and track and field teams.

Athletics are an essential part of Canterbury’s mission to educate the whole child. The physical education program begins in PK3 where students learn the importance of movement and physical activity, and work to develop lifelong wellness habits. Beginning in Grade 6, students are encouraged to become a member of an athletic team. Over 80% of our students participate in at least one sport. Becoming a member of a team promotes lifelong skills such as time management, teamwork, and prioritizing to create a healthy life/school/work balance.
Canterbury prides itself in hiring coaches who are knowledgeable, compassionate, and students of the game. Many coaches are faculty members at CSF, furthering the community feel and creating a strong bond between faculty/staff and student-athletes.
We are proud to announce our ongoing partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance, also known as PCA.

Positive Coaching Alliance
In the Spring of 2014, as part of a targeted effort to provide a positive experience for its student-athletes, Canterbury School of Florida, established a multi-year, multi-layer partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). PCA, a Stanford University-based non-profit organization, works with coaches, organizational leaders and parents to more effectively teach young athletes not only how to win, but also how to learn about teamwork, discipline, respect and goal-setting through their sports experience.

Our athletic complex, located on the Knowlton Campus and includes baseball and softball fields, a football and soccer field, and a gymnasium. Our facilities frequently host district and regional competitions as sanctioned by the FHSAA.
Read more about some of our outstanding student athletes and teams:

Read more about UConn Huskie
Paige Liebel, Class of 2017
Track & Field
Read more about long jump
record-breaker Iy'Rese Scott
Read more about 
pro-hopeful Dalton Shettle

Read more about the
camaraderie of our Swim Team
Get to know our
sophomore softball phenoms.

Learn how our 2015 team
won the district title.

Congratulations to our 2017 Varsity Softball State Champions!

The team won their 12th straight District Championship, 8th Regional Championship, and won their 4th State title.

Alumnus Golfer Named National Freshman Golfer of the Year

Kyle Shealy ('15) recently finished up his freshman year at Oglethorpe University, where he received a golfing scholarship. In the spring of 2016, Kyle won the Phil Michelson Award for the National Freshman Golfer of the Year. Additionally, he won the Conference championship, was named to the First Team, All Conference, and he expects to be a Second Team, All American.

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