ELDRED – After 20 years of physical education at Middletown, Amanda Zgrodek took the reins as Eldred’s Director of Athletics. “I wanted something different, something …
ELDRED – After 20 years of physical education at Middletown, Amanda Zgrodek took the reins as Eldred’s Director of Athletics. “I wanted something different, something new,” she said. Zgrodek officially started on February 13, so this spring will be her first full season at the helm.
As a Port Jervis graduate, Zgrodek has been familiar with the area for a long time. Her children attend Eldred as well, and her daughter competes in multiple varsity sports.
One of the reasons Amanda took the job was to have a positive impact on sports programs in one of Sullivan County’s smallest school districts.
“It seemed like sports have taken a hit in the past few years, and I have the opportunity to change the climate rather than complain,” she said.
One of the keys to rebuilding sports, and something that Zgrodek and the Eldred coaches have discussed is youth/feeder programs.
“We want to build programs, not just teams,” Zgrodek explained. “The kids have to want to be here, and we’re hoping to make sports more exciting.”
Some of Zgrodek’s plans include recognizing scholar athlete individuals and teams, as four of the five winter teams earned the Scholar Athlete honor, utilizing the new facilities that Eldred will be getting in the coming years and building summer athletic programs as well.
“I see the opportunities that Middletown had to offer, and I want to bring some of those to Eldred,” Zgrodek explained.
Already a member of the Eldred community before taking the job, Amanda has already felt the support.
“Everyone has been so supportive and loving. It feels like a family and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
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