The Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education appointed Matthew G. Walentuk to the position of athletic director effective Sept. 21.
The position came open due to a teacher resignation. The district advertised for the position, and after a month-long search, Walentuk was identified as the successful candidate.
A native of Alexandria Bay, Walentuk has a life-long passion for interscholastic athletics. He brings leadership experience to his position as AD. A standout high school athlete at Alexandria Bay High School, he captained the varsity baseball, basketball and football teams. He received his bachelor’s degree in Adolescent Education in Mathematics from State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland. He then completed a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Plattsburgh and is currently finishing an administrative certification from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Walentuk served as a high school mathematics teacher and coach at Seton Catholic High School in Plattsburgh from July 2007 to June 2011. He has coached modified girls basketball and softball, modified boys baseball, and varsity girls basketball. He has also been the assistant varsity football coach.
“I feel this is a tremendous opportunity, and I feel privileged to work, as the athletic director, in a great school and community. The surrounding beauty of the Adirondacks is simply fantastic,” Walentuk said.
As athletic director, Walentuk will be responsible for the overall operation of the interscholastic sports program. Duties will include staffing and development of coaches, budgeting, scheduling and promotion of the program. He will also provide instruction in mathematics for students in grades 6-12.
“The district is appreciative of Mrs. Donna Moody’s 10 years of service as athletic director for Lake Placid Central School District and looks forward to her continued contribution as volleyball and softball coach,” the school said in a statement. ”The district is pleased to have an experienced athletic director assume this leadership position, especially, someone who knows Section 7, the league in general, and also has extensive coaching experience.”