"Ms. Seligman is not only a championship-caliber coach and educator, she is equally a great person," added Shen superintendent L. Oliver Robinson. "Her sense of determination and perserverance is unparalleled, and her commitment to excellence is unwavering."
As a swim coach, Seligman's success is matched only by a handful of people around the state. She guided the Shen boys and girls teams to a combined record of 238-18-2 and nine Section II championships. Equally important to her is the fact that both teams have been named scholar-athlete squads by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association every year since 1996.
The fact that the Shen program has excelled over the years is all the more impressive considering that the Plainsmen haven't had a pool to call their own. That will change this fall with the opening of the new aquatic center on the Shen campus " an eight-lane facility complete with a separate diving area with 1- and 3-meter diving boards.
"I've been in the Clifton Park area for 36 years, and working with the community and leaving them with the brand new Shen Aquatic Center, it's probably my greatest accomplishment," said Seligman.
Seligman's influence reaches beyond the Shen program. She made girls swimming a Section II sport and has been a Sectional chairperson and state coordinator.
Seligman will have to leave all those responsibilities behind as she takes the Harrison school district job, but she won't leave Shen completely behind. She said she plans to maintain her home in the district and spend weekends in Clifton Park while working at Harrison during the week.
Still, Seligman has to say good-bye to the Shen school district, and that's the hard part.
"I think back to the many student-athletes that I've had the privilege of coaching, teaching and mentoring through the years," she said. "To know that I was a part " however small " in their development as caring, honorable young adults is truly fulfilling and satisfying."
"I wish Pat nothing but the best that life has to offer. What a loss for Shen," said Grey.""