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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Shen's Patricia Seligman new AD at Harrison High

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Shen's Patricia Seligman new AD at Harrison High

Shenendehowa girls swimming and diving coach Patricia Seligman has always pushed her teams to their limits, challenge them and tell them to spread their wings.

The coach, Section II chairperson and state coordinator is now doing just that, accepting the appointment as the athletic director of physical education and athletics at Harrison Central School.

“I have always preached to my swimmers and divers that they need to take risks – they need to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable,” Seligman said. “It’s the only way they can learn to grow and be successful. Now it’s my turn to practice what I preach to my teams.

“It is with a mixture of emotions that I am leaving Shen to pursue another career opportunity,” Seligman said. “My moments of sadness at the thought of leaving Shen are balanced by the excitement I feel about the new chapter in my professional career.”

Seligman founded the Section II Girls’ Swimming & Diving program and has subsequently served as the section’s chair and also as the state coordinator.

From the pool deck Seligman guided the boys’ and girls’ varsity swimming and diving programs to a combined record of 238 wins, 18 losses and two. The Plainsmen won nine Section II titles and were ranked No. 1 in New York State three times.

The Harrison Central School District is located in New York’s Westchester County, 25 miles north of New York City, competing in Class B with 27 sports and 96 coaches.

“Ms. Seligman brings comprehensive expertise and experience in the field of physical education, health and athletics to the Harrison Central School District,” Harrison Superintendent of Schools, Louis Woll, noted in a press release. “We have every confidence that Ms. Seligman has the energy, passion, experience and capacity to lead our comprehensive health, physical education, and inter-scholastic sports programs. Pat brings a unique profile of both elementary and secondary experience, substantive work in curriculum, college placement, advocacy, and an exceptional coaching resume.”

One of her greatest achievements will stand for decades, organizing and leading a successful capital improvement initiative to build the Shenendehowa Aquatic Center.

“I am filled with pride at what we, as a community, have been able to accomplish,” Seligman said. “Working with others in the community, organizing and leading a successful capital improvement initiative to build the Shen Aquatic Center, has been the highlight of my 36 years as a Clifton Park community member.”

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