Athletic Director Paul Elliott has received Santa Catalina School's 2020 Sister Carlotta Distinguished Service Award.
The award is the highest honor a faculty or staff member can receive from the school. It is presented each year to those whose work, either inside or outside the classroom, has epitomized the school's mission and has enriched the hearts and minds of students at Santa Catalina.
"It was humbling, I'll say that," Elliott said of receiving the award. "What an honor. I was very grateful for it."
The announcement was made during a special ceremony over Zoom on August 21. Head of School Meg Bradley said, "Paul is always stretching and learning and adapting, and as a colleague you can count on him. ... He is passionate about developing character in our students, always encouraging each child to do his or her best and to always be a good sport in wins or losses."
In addition to serving as athletic director, Elliott is the chair of physical education for PreK-12, head volleyball coach, assistant coach for basketball and softball, and a member of the Health and Wellness Committee. He has helped lead the Cougars to nearly 40 league titles since he came to Santa Catalina in 2009, and his teams have earned nine top sportsmanship awards—his favorite stat.