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John Jeffries, Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics

John Jeffries

Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics




Cindy Lees, Athletics Secretary

Cindy Lees

Athletics Secretary




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Welcome to PCSD Athletics

The Phoenix Central School District's Interscholastic Athletic Program offers students an opportunity for athletic participation in grades 7-12. We believe that participation in athletics provides the opportunity for developing lifetime skills, which will help students become well-rounded individuals, capable of making positive ethical choices. These skills will enable them to live a happy and prosperous life.

Athletics is an extension of the physical education and health program and, therefore, an integral part of the total educational program. The interscholastic competitive environment provides an opportunity for participants to learn vital positive life skills, values and ethics in a climate that demands, dedication, responsibility, self-discipline, cooperation, a strong work ethic, and respect for others. The unique experiences provided through participation in athletics allow students to achieve their full potential academically, athletically, socially and create memorable high school experiences that will last a lifetime. 

A football field with a scoreboard that says "Phoenix Firebirds".



The image shows the NYPSA Section III Cheerleading Champions. A group of cheerleaders celebrating their victory.

A group of girls playing volleyball in a gym.

A football player on the field, holding a ball, ready to make a play.

Cheerleaders energetically perform routines to support their team during a football game.

Group of football players lined up on field.

A group of children sitting on the ground, engaged in an activity or conversation.

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Two girls standing on a tennis court, holding a banner.

A group of young men sprinting in a race, showcasing determination and athleticism.

  • Thank you for your interest in the Phoenix School District athletic program. To provide quality coaches for secondary school athletes, New York State has established standards required of all coaches, volunteer and paid.  All costs associated with obtaining coaching certifications are the responsibility of the coach.

    Non-certified teacher (must complete the following to coach in New York state)

    • Fingerprinting processed through MorphTrust with clearance through NYS Education Department.
    • Current first aid certification (valid for 2 or 3 years)
    • Current CPR/AED (valid for 1 or 2 years) 
    • Child Abuse Course. Available through NYS Office of Child & Family Services.
    • Violence Prevention & Intervention (SAVE) workshop. Available through NYS workshops.
    • Concussion Awareness & Management CDC certification. (biennial basis - no cost)
    • Dignity for All Students Certification (DASA)
    • Completed Temporary Coaches license. Done through NYS TEACH. Renewed annually. 
    • Within 2 years of initial appointment, completion of:  
      • Fundamentals of Coaching (NYS Specific)
      • First Aid, Health and Safety For Coaches
      • Concussion in Sports
      • One sport-specific course of your choice.
    • Within 5 years of initial appointment, completion of:
      • Bullying, Hazing and Inappropriate Behaviors
      • Strength and Conditioning
      • Teaching and Modeling Behavior
      • Engaging Effectively with Parents
      • Sportsmanship
      • Sports Nutrition
      • Heat Illness Prevention

    Teacher Coaches (excluding Physical Education) must complete the following to coach in New York state:

    • Fingerprinting processed through MorphTrust with clearance through NYS Education Department.  
    • Current first aid certification (valid for 2 or 3 years)
    • Current CPR/AED (valid for 1 or 2 years) 
    • Concussion Awareness & Management CDC certification. (biennial basis - no cost)
    • Within 2 years of initial appointment, completion of:  
      • Fundamentals of Coaching (NYS Specific)
      • First Aid, Health and Safety For Coaches
      • Concussion in Sports
      • One sport-specific course of your choice. 
    • Within 5 years of initial appointment, completion of:
      • Bullying, Hazing and Inappropriate Behaviors
      • Strength and Conditioning
      • Teaching and Modeling Behavior
      • Engaging Effectively with Parents
      • Sportsmanship
      • Sports Nutrition
      • Heat Illness Prevention


    Certification Resources:

  • The Athletic Placement Process Program is a voluntary program designed to afford the exceptional seventh or eighth grade student-athlete the opportunity to participate at the high school level on either the junior varsity or varsity team. An exceptional athlete should have specific talents and conditioning well above the level of athletes of a similar age. This program is not designed to fill positions on a team, provide additional experiences and practices, provide a place for a seventh or eighth grade student when no modified program is offered, or to reward a student.

    In most instances, seventh or eighth grade students should participate in a full modified season to afford our staff an opportunity to assess skills and ability along with evaluating how the athlete can handle interscholastic athletics and academics. Parents are cautioned that even though an athlete may be physically ready, it does not mean that he/she may be emotionally or socially ready to handle the normal stress of increased competition, or have the ability to interact with older students.

    There is great diversity among student athletes throughout New York State. The APP is aimed at the few, select students who are physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially ready to compete at a level higher than modified. Only seventh or eighth grade students are eligible to go through the process and may only do so if there are no cuts from the high school team.



    The following steps must successfully be completed to make the student-athlete eligible to try out for the team. Passing the APP does not guarantee a student athlete a spot on the team:

    • Recommendation from a coach or physical education teacher
    • Parental Consent
    • Administrative Approval
    • Maturity Test (Tanner Scale performed by school physician only). This is solely at the medical director’s discretion, and all decisions are final.
    • Upon district medical director’s approval the student must participate in physical fitness testing and earn a rating in the 85th percentile for their age in 4 of the 5 fitness tests. If the student does not earn a qualifying score on the first try, they will have two more opportunities to earn a qualifying score. If the student does not earn the required score after the third attempt, the process is over, and they will not be offered a tryout.
    • Upon the successful completion of the items stated above, the student athlete will be granted an opportunity to try out for the team.



    Student-athletes must go through the APP process by specified deadlines. Please contact the Athletic Department for more information.

  • The Phoenix Central School District has partnered with SOS for the services of a certified athletic trainer. The athletic trainer gives medical coverage for all athletes and collaborates with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, evaluation, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions to minimize the loss of competitive time for athletes.

    Meet our Athletic Trainer


    Meghan Whitmore, Athletic Trainer Meghan Whitmore received a Bachelor of Science in athletic training from Boston University. She then attending California University of Pennsylvania where she received a master of science in exercise science and health promotion rehabilitation Concentration. Whitmore has been working in the athletic training field since 2013 and has many years of experience working with students in grades 7-12.


    She currently holds the following certifications:

    • BOC Certified Athletic Trainer
    • NYS Register Athletic Trainer
    • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
    • Tractical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator
    • Emergency Cardiac Care
    • Functional Movement Systems



    • 1:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

NCAA Eligibility


Physicals and screenings are mandated several times throughout your child's school years.

Students participating in school sports must have a current physical on file with the school nurse. Physicals must be current within one year of the starting date of the sport season. Please contact the school nurse to be sure your student has a current sports physical to start his/her team sport. Please note: Students must have parental permission to have a school physical by the school district's doctor. 

Physicals are given before each season and in May/June. Students must sign up for school physicals otherwise, a copy of your student/athlete's physical from your personal physician must be turned in to the school nurse.
Student-athletes will not be allowed to try out or practice for a sport until the physical is recorded with the school nurse.


Make an Appointment

To schedule a physical prior to the start of the athletic season, please contact the school nurse:

EJD: 315.695.1524

JCB: 315.695.1634


Required Paperwork


Fall Season


Varsity Football (Schedule)

James CoFrancesco, Head Coach

Chad Rowe, Asst Coach

Tyler Zysk, Asst. Coach

Nate Cutler, Asst. Coach


Modified Football (Schedule)

Keith Walberger 

Noah Brown

Paul Lyman


Varsity Cheerleading (Schedule)

 Jackie Guglielmo 


Varsity Boys Soccer (Schedule)

Bill Conklin

John Dalgety


JV Boys Soccer (Schedule)

Tom Benjamin


Modified Boys Soccer (Schedule)

Chris Prenoveau


Varsity Girls Soccer (Schedule)

Jason Stenta

Billie Tierney, Asst Coach


JV Girls Soccer

Jackie Vigliotti


Modified Girls Soccer (Schedule)

Jen Mainville


Varsity Girls Tennis (Schedule)

Chris Gould 


Varsity Girls XC (Schedule)

Carman Myers Schedule 


Varsity Boys XC (Schedule)

Andy Lewis


Modified Boys/Girls XC (Schedule)

Brandi Finniss


Varsity Boys Golf (Schedule)

Gene Mills 


Varsity Girls Volleyball (Schedule)

Beth Munger

Craig Turner, Asst Coach


JV Girls Volleyball (Schedule)

Anna Turner

Winter Season


Modified Winter 1


Modified Girls Volleyball (Schedule)

Anna Turner (8th grade)

Avery Marcy (7th grade) 


Modified Boys Basketball (Schedule)

Mike Diglio (8th Grade) 

Bill Conklin (7th Grade) 


JV and Varsity


Varsity Girls Basketball (Schedule)

Troy Washington (head coach)

Tyler Shaw (assistant)


JV Girls Basketball (Schedule)

Nate Cutler


Varsity Boys Basketball (Schedule)

Nick Perioli


JV Boys Basketball (Schedule)

Chuck Chawgo


Varsity Boys' Wrestling (Schedule)

Gene Mills

Ron LaBeef, Asst Coach


JV Boys' Wrestling (Schedule)

Jon Fasulo


Varsity Girls' Wrestling

Tracy Norton


Varsity Cheerleading (Schedule)

Jackie Guglielmo


JV Cheerleading (Schedule)

Mariah Goldsmith


Varsity Girls Indoor T&F (Schedule)

Carman Myers


Varsity Boys Indoor T&F (Schedule)

Keith Walberger


Unified Bowling (Schedule)

Bill Conklin


Modified Winter 2


Modified Wrestling (Schedule)

Dereck Bigford

Paul Lyman


Modified Boys' Basketball (Schedule)

Mike Diglio (8th Grade)

William Conklin (7th Grade) 


Modified Girls' Basketball (Schedule)

Mike Diglio (8th Grade)

Jen Mainville (7th Grade) 

Spring Season


Varsity Baseball (Schedule)

Chuck Chawgo 

James Lynch, Asst Coach


JV Baseball (Schedule)

James CoFrancesco


Modified Baseball (Schedule)

AJ Ashby


Varsity Softball (Schedule)

Megan Brown, head coach


JV Softball (Schedule

Shannon Kiefer


Modified Softball (Schedule)

Paul Lyman


Varsity Boys Tennis (Schedule)

Chris Gould


Varsity Boys T&F (Schedule)

Keith Walberger

Andy Lewis, Asst Coach


Modified Boys T&F (Schedule)

Nate Cutler


Varsity Girls T&F (Schedule)

Carman Myers, Head Coach

Noah Brown, Asst. Coach


Modified Girls T&F (Schedule)

Brandi Finniss


Unified Basketball (Schedule)

Gene Mills

Nick Perioli