Sidney McCray Named as New Athletic Director at St. Maria Goretti Regional Catholic High School
St. Maria Goretti Regional Catholic High School President, Dr. Joseph Padasak is pleased to announce Sidney McCray as the Gael’s new Athletic Director. McCray will officially take the post beginning on July 1, 2023.
Dr. Joseph Padasak stated, “The faculty and staff really embrace this decision and are ready to support Sid in this new endeavor. He has been a vital part of the Goretti community for several years and we’re really excited to see what he does with this position.”
Sid McCray replaces the longtime Athletic Director, David Blenckstone, after he accepted a position with the New Atlantic League Baseball Team. McCray was chosen out of a pool of 10 highly qualified individuals.
“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity and a professional journey that I am ready to begin,” said McCray. “I feel honored to be appointed to a position that will continue the excellence of the Athletic Department at St. Maria Goretti while holding up the traditions of the Catholic Faith. I am looking forward to working with our coaching staff, student-athletes, and administration as we embark on this new journey together while continuing the growth and development of the Athletics Department.”
McCray has spent 10 years coaching Boy's Basketball at St. Maria Goretti Regional Catholic High School, 5 of which were spent as Head Coach. During these years at St. Maria Goretti Regional Catholic High School, Sid has worked as Dean of Students, and Registrar for 3 years, and 1 year as Assistant Athletic Director.
Sidney earned his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Fitness and Exercise Science, from Shepherd University, where he was a four-year member of the basketball team. During his time at Shepherd University, he helped run youth training for individual skills and hosted youth clinics with the coaching staff.
Prior to working at St. Maria Goretti Regional Catholic High School, Sid served as a Paraprofessional in the Summit Program for Washington County Public Schools for 5 years, where he aided students with special needs, learning accommodations, and emotional and behavioral accommodations. He assisted administration with students involved in crisis situations, while also tutoring and mentoring students in and out of the classroom. Sid stated, “Working as a Summit Paraprofessional, I met numerous community members and gained organizational, and communication skills that will help me thrive in this new position.”