The Catholic National Athletic Association (CNAA) Virtual Retreat

Zoom Calls to Learn With Colleagues

  • Training Athletes Remotely
  • Strengthening Team Morale
  • Navigating Changing Dynamics

The Winter Retreat 2021 will remain virtually on Zoom. As the nation continues to move past the pandemic, we will migrate our Retreats back to in-person meetings.

The CNAA regularly connects with participants to keep a pulse on Catholic high school athletic trending topics and concerns for the athletic administrators of Catholic high schools. For the Winter Retreat 2021, we have chosen to carry our curriculum across a couple of days vs hosting several discussions in a single day. We hope you can join us for multiple events, event details can be found below.

Lastly, I will leave you with an offer to share these meetings with your colleagues. Within the last year, many principals, athletic trainers, and coaches have joined our calls. We have many great topics to discuss and look forward to hearing from you and your colleagues in these discussions.


Leo Lopoz

Schedule of Events

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Welcome Message & Best Practices for the Athletic Admin During COVID Times

Hosted By: Leo Lopoz, VP for Athletics, De La Salle High School, Concord, CA

Date: November 30 | 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time

Leo will kick off our Winter Retreat with an update on the CNAA and will lead the Best Practices for the Athletic Admin During COVID Times segment. The Best Practices segment will be a roundtable discussion where Catholic high school athletic leaders share the strategies they learned during COVID what they plan to continue with going forward.

Maximizing Digital Displays within Budget and Location

Hosted By: Chris Kirn, VP, Digital Scoreboards

Date: November 30 | 9:30 am Pacific Standard Time

Digital signs have been a game-changer for schools on the field/court, and most importantly, all over the campus. Join The CNAA as our panelists share tips on how to deliver custom messaging to various audiences in any single space, insight into how to use digital signs to increase game attendance, generate revenue, and more.

The Power of Being the Only Woman in the Room

Hosted By: Jen Brooks, Athletic Director, Ursuline Academy of St. Louis, MO
Carolyn Sideco, Consultant, Kapatid Consulting

Date: December 1 | 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time

Join Jen Brooks and Carolyn Sideco as they lead a roundtable discussion – Being the only woman in the room. What does it look like? How does it feel? How to prepare for these situations? Talk about allyship and the support we need from the others sitting in the room. Let’s master this opportunity and support the next generation of women leaders find their seat at the table.

How to Align fundraising with Your School’s Mission

Hosted By: Jon Laird, National Sales Director, eTeamSponsor

Date: December 1 | 9:30 am Pacific Standard Time

How eTeamSponsor aligns with the advancement/development office’s fundraising goals and objectives. Main presenter: Jon Laird, National Sales Director for eTeamSponsor.

Evaluate & Master Planning your Outdoor Athletic Facilities

Hosted By: Devin Conway, Principal, Verde Design, Inc.

Date: December 2 | 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time

Join The CNAA as Devin Conway, from Verde Design, presents a broad overview of a proven approach of assessing and evaluating a school’s existing athletic facilities and developing a comprehensive master plan. Devin will walk through the process and products provided in a collaborative manner.

Let’s Mingle! Campo di Bocce Event

Hosted By: Dominick Berarducci of AstroTurf, Devin Conway of Verde Design

Date: December 3 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pacific Standard Time

Join your fellow CNAA school professionals for another night of fun at our Annual Networking Mixer! Thank you, AstroTurf and Verde Design, for hosting this great opportunity. Registration is limited. RSVP by November 24, email