UNIVERSITY LIGGETT SCHOOL \ ATHLETICS
The football program at University Liggett School is known for its winning tradition and fun atmosphere. A dedicated emphasis on the player-coach relationship and hard work are the cultural cornerstones of the team. The team runs a wide open, five wide receiver, empty set, no-back, all pass offense that is fun both to coach and play in. Practices are up-tempo, and the team’s success directly correlates to the level of work players put in off the field. The program has won five league championships in the past decade.
Liggett’s Field Hockey Program is considered to be one of the strongest in the state year after year. Known for being a strong competitor, the team also values having a great time while learning and working hard. Coaches and players pride themselves on fostering a very positive team culture and have a tight-knit field hockey family. The team has a rich history, as Liggett was one of the first schools in Michigan to have a field hockey team. The varsity team continues to be a dominant state power, winning state championships in 2020, 2018, and 1996.
Coach bio: Amanda Amine began coaching in 2010, began coaching field hockey in 2012, and started coaching field hockey at Liggett in 2018. She is a Regina High School graduate and attended University of Detroit Mercy with a degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Sports Management. She also assists in the basketball program. Amine considers herself “a players coach,” and really enjoys coaching and getting to know the girls at more than just a player-coach level. Coach Amine led the girls’ to the 2020 state championship and was an assistant when they also won the title in 2018.
The team culture for both boys’ and girls’ soccer is extremely positive and welcoming. The team has had great success on the field in recent years, but the chemistry between players and sense of community within the teams is perhaps its biggest source of pride. In 2019 the team finished as State Runner-Up, Regional Champions, and Catholic League Champions. A University Liggett School team has won four State Championships in program history.
Coach bio: David Dwaihy has been a University Liggett School boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer coach since 2002. Dwaihy initially worked as an assistant coach under Michigan High School Athletic Association hall-of-fame coach David Backhurst for many years before taking over head coaching duties in 2015. Dwaihy is also an Upper School math teacher at University Liggett School and co-owner and director of soccer operations of Detroit City FC. Dwaihy also played soccer while at Kalamazoo College, an NCAA Division III school, earning All-Region and Academic All-American honors as a junior and senior. In 2020, Head Coach David Dwaihy was named one of 100 Regional Coaches of the Year in the USA by the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Cross Country is a coed sport in which boys and girls train together but compete in separate races. Runners compete in 5K races against teams from across the state. The varsity girls’ cross country team has qualified for the State Championship every year since 2010.
The girls’ swim team follows a unique model in which each member of the team practices with their respective club team. In the last couple of years the team size has hovered between 10 and 15 girls who represent three different club swim programs. The girls come together for meets in the fall and have qualified many individuals and relay teams for the State Championship. In the 2018 and 2020 seasons, swimmers won individual state championships.
Boys’ tennis is the most successful program in school history, with 37 State Championships since 1933. The team won its most recent State Championship in 2020. In 2020 the team won the Regional Championship for the eighth time in a row. Boys’ tennis also has dozens of individual State Champions, most recently William Cooksey (‘21), who won four straight individual State Championships from 2017-2020.
Coach bio: Mark Sobieralski entered the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2017 and has nearly 40 years of coaching experience and continues to add to the total. He has won 6 team state championships, including two for Liggett’s boys. Mark has been recognized on both the state and national level receiving 8 Coach of the Year awards. He has also put in time for the sport of tennis itself, spending time on the Michigan High School Tennis Association Board of Directors, as President of the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association and founding the Macomb County Coaches association.Sobieralski has dedicated his life to coaching and the sport of tennis. He works to instill honesty and competition into the game and ensures his teams are well coached and have a respect for the game and opponents.
The volleyball team practices and competes in the 30,200 square foot John and Marlene Boll Campus Center. The team benefits from a14,500 square foot gymnasium complete with a collegiate floor, a state-of-the-art fitness center and weight room, and athletic training room. In 2019 the varsity team won the District Championship.