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Playing sports has become very important today, since it can encourage young people to develop important values such as loyalty, perseverance, friendship, sharing and solidarity. Sports, in fact, can make an effective contribution to peaceful understanding between peoples and to establishing the new civilization of love.Saint Pope John Paul II

Gospel Values Incorporated into the Sport

CYO Athletics is sports done a different way— as one community. Individuals and teams strive for greatness following Gospel values. To develop the whole person, we teach success is not measured solely by the scoreboard, but by the effort, team play, and fun of the experience.

Join the Team

Saint Patrick Catholic Church & School offers three of the CYO Athletics programs for grade school youth— Cross Country (K-8), Basketball (4-8), Volleyball (4-8).

Other Opportunities

If teams are formed in other CYO sports— Softball, Baseball, or Soccer, travel to Seattle would be required to compete. Pierce County CYO does not currently offer these sports, but they are offered in Snohomish-King County. Track is offered at All Saints Catholic School and St. Vincent De Paul School. We can participate in their programs and/or develop our own teams.  Please contact our athletic director for more information.

The Play by Play & More

Get the play-by-play, practice schedules, game times, registration announcements, and more by clicking on the sport-specific folders below.

CYO Sports


CYO Basketball


Students in grades 4 – 8.


Practice starts in late October and runs through late January. Games start in November and run through late January. If a team makes the playoffs in Seattle, they may play until mid-February.

Cross Country

CYO Cross Country


The season runs from September through mid-October.


Students in Kindergarten-Grade 8


Are you feeling called to help as an assistant coach? Cross country track requires the support of many volunteers.


CYO Volleyball


Athletes must be registered to practice.


Students in grades 4 – 8


Volunteers are always needed to assist with coaching.

Track & Field, Softball & Baseball Opportunities

Track & Field, Softball and Baseball

If you and your family have an interest in CYO sports for Track & Field, Softball, and Baseball, please contact the athletic director at  These sports are not offered in Pierce County. We would participate in south King County with teams like St. George, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.

About Our Local CYO Leadership

Matt Smith Retires after 12 Years as Athletic Director

Saint Patrick Catholic School CYO Athletic Director Matt Smith was honored with two awards by the Archdiocese of Seattle— the CYO “Play Like A Champion Today” Basketball Coach of the year 2018-2019 and he was named the 2018-2019 Athletic Director of the Year.  He was honored at the 8th Annual Champions of Faith Celebration Mass with Archbishop Sartain at St. James Cathedral followed by Dinner & Recognition at the Chancery in early June 2019.

The Athletic Director of the Year Award recognizes one individual, who goes above and beyond to lead by example, communicate and enforce CYO Philosophy and Policy, recruit and train coaches, and ensure compliance for coaches training.

Over the years of working with Matt, I’ve always appreciated his willingness to see the big picture of CYO Athletics in Pierce County, not just focusing on the experience of the players at St. Patrick, but understanding the program as a whole and encouraging all schools to put their best foot forward to provide quality, Catholic Youth Sports in Tacoma. It will be a joy to recognize Matt in this way on June 5th, after so many years of leading as the Athletic Director at Saint Patrick Catholic School. — Scott Bailey, CYO Athletics Director, Archdiocese of Seattle

Athletes Reflect on Coach Matt’s Leadership

Read two inspiring reflections shared by athletes at the awards ceremony on May 23, 2019, at Saint Patrick Catholic School regarding Matt’s leadership:

It is our honor to represent our 8th grade basketball team in honoring our coach who has been named the CYO Basketball Coach of the Year for the Archdiocese of Seattle which covers all of Western Washington.  Coach Smith has been our head coach when we won the CYO championship as 7th graders and led us to the championship again this year. He is the first coach in Saint Patrick Catholic School history to win back to back CYO championships in any sport.
All of us who he has coached are grateful for his competitiveness; his thoughtful instruction; his constant reminder about sportsmanship; and we are most grateful for how he built us to play and act as a team.  Whether we won or lost, he always expected us to respect ourselves, our competitors, and our teammates.
My Dad who was the assistant coach couldn’t be here today but wanted me to share his thoughts about Coach Matt.  “It has been an honor to coach with Matt these last two years. Matt is deserving of this award. These are my memories of why he is so deserving: always kept things in perspective, we began every practice with a prayer.  Coach Matt coached the person and not just the athlete. He focused on bringing out the best of every individual. Finally, he had a way of getting each athlete to believe in themselves, smiling at their accomplishments, doing the their best. My Dad sends his thanks and congratulations. — Sam I.
To be honest, this award goes to a great man whom we all should be grateful.  He coached our team but he cared for all of us here. Mr. Smith was our Athletic Director for 12 years where he was responsible for all of our sports-Cross-Country from Kindergarten through 8th; Basketball for both boys and girls; and Co-ed Volleyball.  There was not one part of athletics here at Saint Patrick Catholic School that Mr. Smith didn’t have a role in.
Matt has coached his own kids here including Matteo who will be graduating in a few weeks.  This is Mr. Smith’s last year as Athletic Director and coach. He made playing fun and we will miss him. — Kellen O.

About Matt Smith

Matt Smith has served as the CYO Athletic Director for the Saint Patrick Catholic School for over 12 years. He retired at the end of the 2019 school year. His children, Mia, Maggie, and Matteo, have participated in the Catholic Youth Organization since 2006. His son is graduating from 8th grade next month and Matt and his wife are looking forward to more time together as they continue to support their children.

Matt says the following about his time at Saint Patrick Catholic School:

It has been my pleasure working with the student athletes of our community. They have presented challenges and tremendous successes to us over the years. The student athletes are the main reason I wanted to do this job. I wanted them to be able to participate in activities where they are allowed to win and lose. Where they are measured not by just their intelligence and passion, but also by their heart, determination, and grit. They learned how to be good people in good times and bad times. Their lessons have been my lessons. Their tears, their hopes, their dreams, buts mostly their joy I have shared with them. It has been tremendously fun to be part of this great community.
The parents, volunteers and coaches have also made my time as athletic director incredibly meaningful. Some of my greatest friendships in this community have come from my connections with parents and coaches. Saint Patrick Catholic School is a thriving, loving community and this warmth and love spill over into so many areas. I will miss the leadership and kindness that Mr. Gavin has always afforded me. His guidance and vision for our school have made my job easier and more fulfilling. I will miss the faculty, who were always willing to help us get the word out to kids about the teams. Many have come to support their students at games and meets. Their dedication to this school is tremendous.

David Goodsell is Our New CYO Athletic Director

David Goodsell is the New CYO Athletic Director

David Goodsell assumed the role of CYO Athletic Director at Saint Patrick Catholic School in the 2019 – 2020 school year. He is thoughtful and reflective and has great vision and ideas. David Goodsell has been a member of our Saint Patrick Catholic Church community for 20 years, and an involved parent at our school for the past 7 years. With the support of his wife Kelly, and their four boys (Hunter 5th, William 3rd, Henry K, and Benjamin Pre-K), David is excited to take on the role of Athletic Director. He has coached sports for the past 16 years at both the high school level (Bellarmine football) and youth sport levels. As a former college athlete and youth coach, David understands the positive influence of athletics and its unique role in teaching life-long skills. As a product of Frosty Westering’s coaching, David adheres to the same coaching and training techniques with his own players and coaches. He looks forward to leading and serving our community in this new capacity. He is excited to partner closely with our school’s coaches and parents as we develop young men/women who value teamwork and the joy of sports.

Phil Phletcher is Our New CYO Cross Country Coach

Phil Phletcher Announced as CYO Cross Country Coach

We are excited that Phil Phletcher has volunteered to serve as the head coach of CYO Cross Country. Phil has volunteered as a coach for several years and is excited about the opportunity to continue working with our vibrant community of runners.

I want to play!

David Goodsell, CYO Athletics Director