Placito will take Spencerport athletic director helm in July

By on April 22, 2019
Jennifer Placito

Jennifer Placito

The Spencerport Board of Education approved the appointment of Jennifer Placito as director of health, physical education, and athletics on April 9. She will officially start her new position on July 1, following the retirement of longtime director, John Pelin.

Placito has served as an assistant principal at Spencerport High School since 2017.

“In a short period of time, Ms. Placito has impressed us with her leadership and abilities to connect on all levels with staff, students, and parents,” Superintendent Dan Milgate said. “I certainly want to acknowledge John Pelin and his contributions toward building our health, physical education and athletic programs to where they are today. I also feel confident that Ms. Placito will do a great job, and I am excited to work with her in this new capacity.”

Prior to joining the Ranger team, Placito worked in the Brockport Central School District as a teacher and coach. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in history with a minor in coaching from SUNY Brockport; and a Masters of Education from St. Joseph’s University.

“Spencerport is an amazing community,” Placito said via email. “I feel so fortunate to be able to work alongside such amazing professionals each and every day. I am truly so excited and honored to be able to combine my greatest passions, athletics and education, as I prepare to step in to this position. Athletics has always been a huge part of my life, both as a former athlete and coach, and educationally, health and physical education provide a critical platform for students to learn the importance of lifelong wellness and fitness. I am so honored to be able to be in a position that fosters physical and intellectual growth in our classes and sports opportunities for our students.”

As for future growth, Placito responded, “The position is all encompassing with health, physical education and athletics. Mr. Pelin has fostered an amazing culture in the Spencerport Athletic community. I hope to be able to collaborate and build upon our programs to create as many opportunities as possible for our students and community.”

When she assumes the position in July, replacement of the artificial turf at Ranger Stadium (soccer/lacrosse) will be well underway as part of Capital Project 2018.

“Mr. Pelin, without question, leaves behind an incredible legacy and very large shoes to fill. I am looking forward to carrying on the educational goals and initiatives with health and physical education, along with the pride and tradition in Spencerport Athletics. I hope to continue to create new and exciting opportunities for our students, staff and the Spencerport community.”