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Fiorini to take helm as Westmo AD on Aug. 8.

Steve Jones
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Posted 7/7/22

Jerry Fiorini will start as the new athletic director at Westmoreland Central School District on Aug. 8 ...

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Fiorini to take helm as Westmo AD on Aug. 8.

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WESTMORELAND — Jerry Fiorini will start as the new athletic director at Westmoreland Central School District on Aug. 8, but he’s getting up to speed this month with the help of Michael Adey, who took the interim position three years ago.

Fiorini, who turns 55 on Aug. 2, lives in the district. His son Jerry just finished his senior year and his daughter Gianna is going into her senior year.

He worked in the Utica City School District for 32 years. He taught physical education at Thomas R. Proctor High School. He was the varsity head football coach for 15 years and was in the program for 25 years. He also coached several other sports throughout the years, including lacrosse and volleyball.

He has coached in Westmoreland for the last seven years. He was an assistant varsity football coach and junior varsity baseball coach, and will coach his last season in the football program this fall.

Fiorini is a Rome Free Academy graduate. He went to Herkimer County Community College, where he played lacrosse, then earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He earned a master’s degree in health and physical education at SUNY Cortland.

“I’ve been in teaching a long time,” Fiorini said. “I knew that Mike Adey was ready to get out. I have been talking to (district Superintendent) Rocco Migliori about coming over. I love being involved in athletics. I love getting out of the classroom and out on the athletic fields with everybody.”

He continued, “It’s a perfect fit for me. I grew up with Rocco Migliori. We were next door neighbors.” He also worked with Westmoreland High School principal Joshua Saxton when he was in Utica. “They’re all familiar faces to me. They’re all outstanding at what they do. It’s a great school. It’s a great community. The community gets behind their athletics. It’s a place anybody would want to be.”

He also got some advice from family. His cousin Aaron Fiorini was the athletic director in the Camden school district, where he is now an assistant principal of the middle school. Jerry’s father, Gerald J. Fiorini, was a longtime coach at Rome Catholic High and New York Mills. “It’s in our bloodline,” the new athletic director. “My father was a coach forever at RCH and New York Mills.” He added, “My father is real excited about it. He’s happy for me.”

Fiorini said he’s excited for the transition. The advancements in technology such as online scheduling tools “will be a challenge for me at first until I get up to speed on it. Other than that I’ll be fine.” He said Adey’s help in transition has made it much easier.

“I definitely have ideas I want to bring,” he said. He said he hopes to be able to add more assistant coaches in various sports and at various levels. He said he’d also like to hire additional athletic trainers.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity,” he said, noting that he’d like to be in the role for a while. “I know Mike came in to fill a spot for three months, and three years later he’s still there. I know he’ll miss it. He did a great job.” Previous athletic director John Sharrino, “who I coached under, he did a great job. I hope I don’t miss a beat because they were both outstanding.”

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