02/21/14 8:00am
02/21/2014 8:00 AM

McGann-Mercy athletic director Paul Mastronardi, who previously coached at Eastport-South Manor, said he will coach football and lacrosse at Mercy, but would not be the head coach. (The Press News Group/Kerry Monaco photo)

From Mercy High School’s humble beginnings in the 1950s, when 47 students in a temporary building on Roanoke Avenue made up its inaugural class, the small Riverhead school has served as the East End’s home for secondary students seeking a Catholic education in a close-knit community. As the school expanded, eventually becoming Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in 2002, students there continued to gravitate toward athletics as a part of their education.

The Monarchs, while successful at times in certain sports, have never been known as a powerhouse program.

Administrators now hope to change that.  (more…)

01/08/14 5:00pm
01/08/2014 5:00 PM

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Bishop McGann-Mercy High School hired Paul Mastronardi to become the school’s athletic director starting in mid-January, the school announced today. Mr. Mastronardi will replace John Lonardo, who resigned to pursue a business opportunity in the private sector, the school said.

Mr. Mastronardi has been a longtime coach and physical education teacher. He’s coached on the collegiate level at Villanova, St. John’s University and Stony Brook University. He earned the rank of lieutenant of special operations for the FDNY and coached two years with the semi-pro FDNY Bravest Football Club.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Mastronardi to Bishop-McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School,” said principal Carl Semmier in a press release. “He comes with a strong leadership track record as well as high marks for his commitment to quality athletic programs.”

Mastronardi recently coached the Eastport-South Manor varsity football team. The Sharks went 7-1 this past fall in the regular season.

He’s also coached at Port Washington, Centereach and South Side.

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