Joe Scalise is the new BH-BL Director of Physical Education and Athletics effective Friday, August 1. He was appointed by the Board of Education Tuesday night and replaces Robert McGuire, who was appointed PEP Grant Director and Facilities Consultant for the district’s Building our 2nd Century renovation project.
Scalise had served as Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for the Mohonasen Central School District since July 2006. While there, he supervised 14 physical education and two health teachers, and was responsible for directing an athletic program with 54 sports offerings and overseeing more than 65 coaches.
During his time at Mohonasen, Scalise was instrumental in securing a $1.8 million Carol White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant from the federal government. He also helped facilitate the athletic portion of Mohonasen’s recent capital project that includes more than $3 million in athletic facilities and field upgrades, including the construction of a turf field. Additionally, he was the Suburban Scholastic Council President and Co-President of the Mohonasen Administrators Association and is currently serving on the Section II Football and Cheerleading Committees.
During the years prior to that, Scalise was a High School and Middle School Physical Education teacher at Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District and an elementary Physical Education teacher for the Rochester City School District.
He has coached a variety of sports over his career including boys and girls soccer, lacrosse and track at the Phelps-Clifton School District where he also was instrumental is re-establishing the soccer program and developing off-season camps and programs. In 2002, he was named the league’s Coach of the Year. He is currently an assistant coach for the BH-BL Youth Lacrosse program and for the Schenectady Youth Hockey program where he also serves on the board.
Scalise earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport in 1999 and 2004, respectively. He also earned his administrative certificate from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2005.
Scalise was selected for the new position from a pool of about 40 candidates. Interviews were conducted by committee in June.
“We are thrilled to welcome Joe to the BH-BL team,” says Superintendent Patrick McGrath. “He has the vision and motivation that is needed to keep our athletic program thriving.”