NORTHPORT, New York, September 18
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Leaving one’s roots is a feeling Paul Klimuszko has become familiar with over the last few months.
Klimuszko always felt at home with the Sewanhaka Central High School District. He is a grad of one of the district’s schools, New Hyde Park High School, and from there made it a point to work within it – in different positions, but most notably as its supervisor of athletics.
However, the 46-year-old now has a new “home” – and from what he’s said, it’s welcomed him with open arms.
“I just heard nothing but good things about the Northport-East Northport School District,” Klimuszko, the district’s newly appointed director of physical education, athletics and health, said. “The staff is terrific… The coaches are great, they’re really dedicated… And the community is very supportive of both the school and athletic department.”
Before he made the move to Northport-East Northport, Klimuszko said he had always dreamed of being a district’s athletic director. While the supervisor of athletics position at Sewanhaka came close to that, he said, it didn’t exactly hold the full responsibility he hoped for.
“I always thought if I was going to do it [become an athletic director], it would have to be in the right place, with the right district,” Klimuszko, who resides in West Islip, said. “At some point around May or June I saw that Northport-East Northport had the position open and after a couple of discussions with my wife I decided that if I was ever going to become an athletic director that this was where it was going to be.”
Klimuszko said he was thrilled to be selected by the district to fill the position – he takes the place of former Athletic Director Drew Cronin – and couldn’t have asked for a better welcoming upon his arrival.
Moving forward, Klimuszko hopes to help further Northport-East Northport’s athletic programs while continuing to investigate its ins and outs.
“The first year is always a year for me to learn about the district even more than what I already know,” he said. “My expectation is to keep the program moving forward.”
While his favorite sport season has yet to come through the district – he’s a “baseball guy” – Klimuszko can be seen in the meantime walking the grounds of the district’s schools, cheering on its teams, helping out with injuries and shaking hands with the parents and students that have surrounded him at his new home.
“I really did the right thing by coming here,” Klimuszko said.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record (Thursday, September 18, 2014; A22)