Saint Thomas Academy announced today it has named Greg May its new director of athletics and activities, effective June 14, 2021. May, currently director of hockey operations for the University of Minnesota men’s hockey program, has an extensive resume of coaching and administration experience.
“We place a high value on athletics and activities because they are an important component of the Cadet experience and help reinforce our commitment to character development,” said Kelby Woodard, headmaster of Saint Thomas Academy. “Ninety-five percent of our boys participate in at least one activity or sport. As head over all our athletics and activities, Greg will be integral to shaping a positive Cadet experience for our boys.”
May will direct the Academy’s 35 sports teams in 15 different sports, 43 activities and clubs, and more than 100 coaches and moderators.
May is currently director of operations for men’s hockey at the University of Minnesota, a position in which he holds financial oversight of, and manages, the men’s hockey budget. He is the primary point of contact for Gopher Hockey and the Big Ten and NCAA, as well as several offices within the University. He also manages travel schedules and logistics, meets with recruited student athletes, reviews and analyzes video of prospects to provide to coaching staff, coordinates public appearances for players and assist in media availability and coordinates video exchange with NHL teams for draftees and free agents.
May also is a participating member of the Gopher’s men’s hockey coaching staff, involved in daily practice planning, game planning, lineup changes and on-ice practice; observing games from the press box and communicating to coaches on the bench; and preparing pre-scout breakdown of all upcoming opponents and assisting with video breakdown of games.
Previously, May was associate director of athletics for The Blake School from July 2016 to August 2019. He served as athletic director for soccer, hockey, golf and ultimate frisbee for both boys and girls. For those sports, he recruited, hired and oversaw all coaches, maintained program budgets, built practice and game schedules, and fulfilled all game-day operation needs. In addition, he assisted in directing all the other 24 varsity sports on campus. He regularly attended Minnesota State High School League Athletic Director Conferences, Independent Metro Athletic Conference meetings and continually kept up with MSHSL Bylaws.
While at Blake, he also served as assistant boys’ varsity golf coach and head coach of the boys’ varsity hockey team. He led the hockey team to two conference championships and building a 46-31-3 record. He also supported school admissions and fundraising by building relationships with prospective student-athletes and their families as well as alumni hockey players.
From 2008 until 2016, May was a health and physical education teacher for ISD 191 Burnsville-Eagan-Savage. There, he was an assistant coach for boys’ hockey (2010-2014), boys’ lacrosse (2009) and boys’ golf (2013). He was selected the Section 2AA assistant hockey coach of the year in 2012.
May also served as head hockey coach for Farmington Public Schools from 2014 to 2016. He led the team to the school's first ever Class AA State Tournament and was named Section 1AA Head Coach of the Year in 2016.
May has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University-St. Paul and bachelor’s degrees in health and physical education from Augsburg University.