On Monday, Pierson Athletic Director Bill Madsen announced that 10 Pierson High School teams had earned team sportsmanship awards from Section XI of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association during the fall and winter seasons. Madsen described the selection process saying, “In all sports, players and coaches rate their opponents’ sportsmanship at every contest. At the end of each season, teams with the highest rating are presented with a certificate that recognizes they are the team that best exemplifies sportsmanship in Suffolk County.”
The following Pierson teams were so selected by their peers: boys’ varsity cross country, girls’ JV field hockey, boys’ varsity soccer, boys’ middle school soccer, girls’ varsity soccer, girls’ varsity volleyball, JV and varsity football (combined with East Hampton and Bridgehampton), girls’ seventh grade volleyball and girls’ JV basketball.
Madsen also announced that this winter’s girls’ varsity basketball team earned New York State varsity scholar/athlete team honors for sustaining an un-weighted, cumulative grade point average of 90 or better as a team. This is the fourth Lady Whaler team to earn that distinction this school year, girls’ varsity volleyball, soccer and field hockey all having achieved that benchmark this fall.
The school board approved a series of coaching appointments Madsen submitted on Monday. Those appointments included the addition of unpaid assistant coaches for this spring: Mireille Sturmann for varsity softball and Evan DeRobertis for middle school baseball.
The fall coaching roster has a number of returnees: Shannon Judge to girls’ varsity field hockey; Stacey Springer to girls’ varsity volleyball; Claudia Ortmann to girls’ JV volleyball; Donnelly McGovern to boys’ varsity soccer; Haley Luzim to girls’ varsity soccer; Joe Amato to boys’ varsity cross country; James Kinnier to girls’ varsity cross country; Sean Crowley to boys’ varsity golf; Clint Schulman to boys’ JV golf.
The board also approved existing coaches for “new” positions: Melissa Edwards, who is currently the girls’ varsity softball coach, was approved as the girls’ JV field hockey coach and Peter Solow, who coached girls’ middle school soccer this fall, was approved to be the girls’ JV soccer coach.
Next winter’s coaching roster also features a series of returnees: Dennis Case to girls’ varsity basketball and Robin Florence to girls’ varsity cheerleading. Christian Johns, who finished the season as interim boys’ varsity basketball coach, was approved to continue in that position with Jonathan Tortorella leaving the middle school basketball program to coach boys’ JV basketball.