Athletic Director

St. Joan of Arc’s Athletic Directors are appointed by, report to, and are accountable to the Pastor and Principal. They are responsible for providing the direction of the athletic department and coordination of all athletic activities including but not limited to, managing athletic teams from fifth to eighth grade, scheduling of all games for SJA both home and away, coordinating the set up and take down of all home sporting events, and ensures our athletic activities coincide with the mission statement of the school.

St. Joan of Arc provides our students an athletic program that develops their physical talents, forms strong values of sportsmanship and teamwork, and is grounded in our love of Christ, our Catholic faith and our pride in our parish and school community.

Ryan Connell

            Coach Connell is a St. Joan of Arc Graduate and previously worked at SJA before his children started school.  Mr. Connell works at the College of DuPage in the Athletic Department where he has been since 2005.  He has served as head coach for Women’s Basketball and currently is the head coach for the Women’s Softball program.  Coach Connell has instructed over 15 National All-Americans as well multiple Academic All-Americans.  Coach Connell shares the athletic director role with Mr. Rickert.


Jim Rickert

          Mr. Rickert is the current Junior High Social Studies teacher here at St. Joan of Arc.