The Port Jefferson School District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education appointed Edward A. Cinelli as interim director of health, physical education and athletics at its Dec. 8 meeting.

Mr. Cinelli will officially take the helm of the department following the December holiday break and assist in the search for a permanent director this spring.

“We are very excited to have Mr. Cinelli serve in this position while the search for a new director commences,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert said. “His vast experience and wealth of knowledge within the areas of health, physical education and athletics will be a great asset to our students, staff and district.”

Prior to accepting this role with Port Jefferson, Mr. Cinelli served for 11 years as the executive director of Section XI sports in Suffolk County, a position in which he coordinated, facilitated, supervised and provided the communications network for all matters relative to interscholastic athletics in Section XI throughout the county. Before that, he worked in the Patchogue-Medford School District for 30 years, serving as director of interscholastic athletics and physical education for more than 18 of those years. He began his educational career as a physical education and social studies teacher at Tekonsha High School in Michigan.

Mr. Cinelli holds a Bachelor of Arts in physical education from Hilldale College, a Master of Arts in physical education from Adelphi University and a School District Administrator Professional Diploma from Long Island University. He also holds New York State School District Administrator and New York State Physical Education Recreation certificates.  

Throughout the years, Mr. Cinelli has earned several awards and accolades. He was inducted into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame, received the New York State Athletic Administrators Association Apple Award, and was designated Suffolk County Athletic Director of the Year.