The ISB Athletics Department is situated in the “Blue Gym”. There are three full-time members of the department who are present during school days and evenings and weekends when teams are competing.
During the Fall season, there are 21 teams from the following sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Football and Tennis.
During the Winter season, there are 13 teams from the following sports: Basketball, Swimming and Rugby, with developmental teams for Rugby and Swimming.
During the Spring season, there are12 teams from the following sports: Softball, Baseball, Tennis, Golf and Lacrosse, with developmental teams for Softball and Tennis depending on numbers.
ISB Athletes compete and play at four levels:
Varsity (V) – Competitive (grades 10-12)
Junior Varsity (JV) – Competitive/Instructional (grades 9-10)
U14 A/B/C teams – Instructional (grades 6-8)
Developmental Team Players (grades 6-12)
History of ISB Athletics
One could say ISB Athletics started in the late 1950s when a group of ISB student-athletes had the opportunity to play against the Harlem Globetrotters who were on tour in Europe during the 1958-59 school year. The next step was the building of ISB’s first baseball diamond/field, in 1960, on the site where the ‘old gym’ is now located. 1963 brought with it the first Varsity team, in soccer, followed quickly by girls and boys basketball in 1964. 1968 had two firsts: the ‘old gym’ was built and boys rugby was added to the programme. This was followed by track and field, American football and field hockey (mixed team) when the upper field was completed in July 1971. ISB is a founding member of the ISST organisation which came into being in 1968 and now comprises more than 20 schools, and is the group which organises the end of season Varsity tournaments for the ISST schools.
Director of Athletics and Activities
Lee Rosky is a Canadian educator who has been involved in international teaching for more than fifteen years with stops in the UK, Middle East and the United States. As a teacher, Lee’s experiences include roles as an IB History / TOK teacher and Assistant Principal. As a coach, Lee has experience in coaching High School volleyball, basketball, rugby and American football. Lee is currently the Head Coach of the Belgian National American Football team.
Lee arrived at ISB in 2013 as an IB History, TOK and Grade 10 Humanities teacher. During the following two years Lee also served as an American football coach and was involved in organising a girl’s rugby team at ISB. In 2015 Lee became the Director of Athletics and Activities.
The Director of Athletics and Activities oversees all the programmes involved in Raiders Athletics and ISB Plus. The “AD” is responsible for hiring all coaches and staff for the various teams, is responsible for scheduling competitions, oversees the travel arrangements and is responsible for the department budget along with many other duties.
Shirley Brown is originally from the UK, but has lived outside of the UK for sixteen years, living in South Africa, Norway and now Belgium. She was involved in various ways with all of the international schools that her children attended. Shirley has had three children graduate from ISB and they have all taken part in the Athletics programme, which resulted in one of her children gaining two scholarships for his soccer.
Before working within the Athletic department itself, Shirley coordinated the housing of visiting athletics from home, and thus has worked under four Directors of Athletics and Activities.
Since coming into the office in 2008, Shirley has been the member of the team responsible for the housing of visiting athletes and for the hosting of the student-athletes during ISST tournaments. She is also responsible for the booking of all travel for the student-athletes, travel fees and schedule information on the ISB portal.
Assistant Athletic Director
Phil, hailing from Chicago, came to ISB in 1978 as a teacher and coach. Except for one school year Phil has continued to work at ISB as a teacher and coach. Since 2009, Phil has held the role of Assistant Athletic Director (AAD).
He taught for more than 30 years in the ISB Elementary School, including 4 years as the ES Science Coordinator. Phil has coached various ISB teams in Varsity volleyball, Varsity tennis, U14 & JV soccer as well as, most recently, Varsity softball. Two of Phil’s children attended ISB from Grade N-12. Both were Varsity athletes and IB students who graduated in the early part of this century.
The Assistant Athletic Director is responsible for the day-to-day running of the gym and field facilities, the ordering and maintenance of the athletic equipment as well as organising the long-term rental and planning of the gyms and fields. Occasionally he provides mentoring for other coaches.
John O'Reilly MscPT
John O’Reilly is originally from Los Angeles and has been living abroad since 2009. He earned his Master's degree in physiotherapy from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen Scotland in 2015 and moved directly to Belgium where he is a recognised and fully practicing physiotherapist. John currently works at a clinic in Hoeilaart but also works with the Belgian National American Football team as well as several adult club teams in European football and softball around Brussels.
John arrived at ISB in January 2015 to work with injured athletes after school and on site for home games. Over the years his role has expanded and he currently has a dedicated clinical space in the Chalet where students, faculty and staff can make appointments for on-site physiotherapy treatment.
Physiotherapy is a broad field that encompasses rehabilitation after sports injury, neuromuscular retraining, developmental delays and neurological treatment including work with cerebral palsy and autism. Physiotherapists look at the whole body and how the entire system is working together in order to work with the patient to set out an appropriate treatment plan.