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Royals Welcome Two New Coaches

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The Port Jefferson girls varsity tennis team and girls varsity field hockey team will both have a different look on the sidelines this fall. Drew Dunleavy will lead the girls tennis team while Mallory Guerin will lead the field hockey squad.

Coach Dunleavy holds a United States Professional Tennis Association professional tennis certification as well as a United States Tennis Association professional coaching certification. He has experience as a private tennis coach as well as a high school tennis coach, most recently in the Smithtown School District.

“Mr. Dunleavy has extensive experience working with students of all ages, including those with disabilities,” Port Jefferson School District Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Nursing Adam Sherrard said. “As a former health, physical education teacher and athletic director, Mr. Dunleavy understands how to differentiate his instruction to meet the needs of each student-athlete to maximize their potential. His focus on building character and confidence for our student-athletes set him apart from the other candidates.”

Coach Dunleavy is excited to keep the girls tennis program moving in the right direction - continuing with the success and enthusiasm that Coach Denis Christofor has established for many years. Due to scheduling conflicts, Christofor will not coach the team this year.

“Mr. Christofor helped build the foundation of our tennis program,” Sherrard said. “He has been a tremendous asset to the athletic program and an advocate for tennis throughout the district. He has met with Coach Dunleavy multiple times to help with a smooth and successful transition.”
An Earl L. Vandermeulen High School alumna, Mallory Guerin received All-Long Island and All-State honors while helping lead the team to four Suffolk County Class C championships, three Long Island Championships and two appearances in the State tournament. Coach Guerin continued her field hockey career at SUNY Cortland, where she was member of the Red Dragons women’s field hockey SUNYAC Champion team. A volunteer coach for the Royals in 2014, she moved on to be an assistant field hockey coach at both the high school and college level.

“We are excited for the energy and innovative ideas Miss Guerin will bring to the program,” Sherrard said. “She has facilitated many clinics for student-athletes in grades K-12 including the Long Island Field Hockey program. These are the things we need to keep the field hockey program growing and moving in the right direction.”

Guerin will take the reins from long-time coach Debbie Edgar-Brown, who has retired from coaching. She and former Port Jefferson coach Nancy Gallagher played key roles in the search for a new coach and are eager to volunteer their time to help the team in the upcoming season.

Sunday, September 20, 2020