Golden Eagle Athletics
“We are looking forward to a wonderful year of sports and are very excited to see our student athletes perform at their best. An essential element of educational athletics is to teach lifetime values, such as the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. These values must be conveyed not only to our students, but to the community as well. Our school is working to raise the level of behavior expectations of our coaches, student-athletes and spectators at our athletic events by adopting the ideals of the A.I.A. Pursuing Victory with Honor program. Schools like ours must be the vehicle for promoting sportsmanship. To avoid this responsibility would reflect negatively on our school and our community. We have an obligation to provide a program that we believe will counter the negative influences of other levels of athletic competition that exist in regard to sportsmanship. During the year, we will be promoting the AIA’s Pursuing Victory with Honor program. We plan to communicate the mission of the program to internal and external audiences in the school. As a school community we can play a role in this campaign by speaking out for good sportsmanship and helping to raise the level of what should be acceptable behavior of our coaches, student-athletes and spectators at our events, home and away. More importantly, your leadership by example – conducting yourselves in an exemplary manner at events – is essential to our success in this area. Good sportsmanship requires constant attention. We plan to stress it in a variety of ways this year. We encourage your support of this program, which we feel will have far-reaching benefits for everyone who is a part of the Bourgade Catholic High School Community. Thank you for your continued support for Golden Eagle athletics.”
Mr. Shawn Gatson was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ where he attended St. Gregory’s Elementary School and Bourgade Catholic High School. Mr. Gatson was a three sport letterman in high school participating in football, wrestling, and baseball. Shawn is the father of six children Jaiden, Brody, Cali, Cy, Taeva, and Tate and he is married to his grade school sweetheart Rachel.
Mr. Gatson began his career as a teacher at ABC Charter School while coaching baseball at Alhambra High School. He transitioned over to Bourgade Catholic in 1998 to coach both football and baseball. It wasn’t until 2004 that he became a full time teacher for BC eventually taking over Athletic Director duties in 2007.