The focus of coaching at Hillside is not just to win but to use athletics to reinforce the school's core values of respect, honesty, determination, compassion, and fun.
Athletics play an integral role in the growth, development, and education of each boy at Hillside School. Coaches at Hillside do not only help their players to understand and compete in their chosen sport, but also serve as teachers who help their students gain as much as possible from individual and team competition. Hillside athletics are not disassociated from the educational benefits of competition as it is related to successes and failures, particularly on the varsity level.
Athletics serve a number of purposes and promote group cooperation, socialization, self-confidence, school spirit, and play, as well as good physical, mental, and emotional health, all of which are essential components of a child’s development. The Hillside Athletic Program emphasizes fair play (sportsmanship), integrity, and effort through student participation. With the coaches' guidance, value development is also stressed.