GESD athletic director earns master-level certification

Gloversville Enlarged School District Health, Physical Education & Athletics Director Michael DeMagistris has earned the designation of Certified Master Athletic Administratorthe highest distinction achievable through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

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GESD Health, Physical Education & Athletics Director Michael DeMagistris has earned the designation of Certified Master Athletic Administrator.

DeMagistris was first named a Certified Athletic Administrator in 2016. According to the NIAAA, his achievement of the master-level credential is based on his educational background, experience, professional contributions and the completion of leadership coursework. DeMagistris also completed a written project concerning athletic safety in the district to achieve the honor.

In a news release, the NIAAA said DeMagistris is now “one of a very elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.”

“We are all pleased to see Mr. DeMagistris recognized for his dedication,” GESD Superintendent of School David Halloran said. “He works diligently, often behind the scenes, to ensure we have the equipment, facilities, training and coaching to ensure our athletic teams are competitive and our PE classes are enriching and safe for students.”

DeMagistris has been the Gloversville health, physical education and athletics director since 2007. In his role he oversees the school health offices, physical education classes, 20 varsity athletic teams, 10 junior varsity teams and 18 modified teams. He is also the Section II baseball coordinator, the Class A representative on the Section II Football Committee, and member of the Section II Extended Eligibility and Mixed Competition committees.

DeMagistris graduated from Gloversville High School in 1990 and earned his Bachelor of Science from SUNY Cortland, his Master of Science in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh and his school district administrator’s certificate from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He taught physical education at Gloversville Middle School for eight years before being named to his current position in 2007.

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.

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