Pat Seligman has a new challenge.
Shenendehowa's long-time swimming coach has accepted a job as the Harrison (Westchester County) Central School District Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics.
I've had my administrative degree for a while now, and something always came up whether it was an All-American I was coaching that I didn't want to leave or it was the (Shen) pool project," said Seligman. "There's never a good time to leave, and when this opportunity presented itself with my daughter graduating and me being the senior class advisor and that obviously coming to an end, I thought it was the right time."
"Ms. Seligman brings comprehensive expertise and experience in the field of physical education, health and athletics to the Harrison Central School District," said Harrison school superintendent Louis Wool in a press release. "We have every confidence that Ms. Seligman has the energy, passion, experience and capacity to lead our comprehensive programs."
With a K-12 population of 3,600, the Harrison school district is nearly the same size as Shenendehowa High School by itself. But, its interscholastic athletic program is more comprehensive than Shen's program.
"It has 27 sports, and there's two modified teams for every sport," said Seligman. "So, I have 96 coaches to work with."
The Harrison school district is also known to be a place where athletic administrators stay for a long time. Current athletic director Mike Gansell is retiring in June after 22 years on the job.
"The athletic director I'm replacing is a well-respected, well-liked man and the person he replaced had been there for a long time, too," said Seligman.
Seligman is well-respected both within the Shenendehowa and Section II swimming communities for what she has accomplished as a teacher, a coach and an administrator.
"It is so bittersweet for me to acknowledge such a great loss to the district because I am so happy that Pat has fulfilled her professional dream," said Shen board of education president Janet Grey in the same press release. "I know that she will be as great of an administrator and athletic director as she has been a teacher, coach and role model for so many people."