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Pearl River Hires Spring Varsity Coaches; Gaylardo Takes Over Softball Program

The Pearl River Board of Education approved the hiring of new varsity head coaches for three spring sports teams Wednesday - Carisa Gaylardo for softball, Michael McCafferty for girls track and field and Ken Driscoll for boys tennis. UPDATED with commen

Pearl River's varsity softball and girls track and field programs count themselves among the high school's most successful programs.

Both got new varsity head coaches Wednesday.

The Pearl River Board of Education approved spring sports coaches at Wednesday's meeting, including three new varsity head coaches -- Carisa Gaylardo for softball, Michael McCafferty for girls track and field and Ken Driscoll for boys tennis.

Gaylardo takes over for . She takes over a team that reached the Section 1 Class A quarterfinals last year after winning section championships the four previous seasons.

Gaylardo played college softball at SUNY-Cortland. She previously coached the varsity softball team at Manhasset High School, then last season at Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, where she is a physical education teacher.

"Carisa is an extremely well-rounded individual who brings a wealth of softball knowledge and experience to the Pearl River softball program," Pearl River Director of Athletics Todd Santabarbara said. "Her collegiate playing experience, high school varsity coaching experience and background as a certified personal trainer, working specifically with baseball and softball teams, are just several of the variables that make her a great fit for this position."

The graduate of North Babylon High School in Long Island has also coached travel softball.

McCafferty is an assistant coach with Pearl River's indoor track and field, team which won the Section 1 Class B championship Feb. 13.

Liam McGuirk coached the Pirates to their seventh consecutive spring track and field Section 1 Class B championship last March after taking over for long-time coach Dan Doherty. Both McGuirk and Doherty will be working with the team as volunteer assistants.

Driscoll most recently coached the girls swimming team at Pearl River before stepping down after the 2011 season. He also coached the junior varsity boys tennis team.

Check back with Patch for more on Pearl River's new spring sports coaches and Wednesday's Pearl River Board of Education meeting.

Sydney Smith February 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM
When I went to Pearl River, late 50's early 60's the teachers where the coaches. It was a good experience for all of the kids and it helped the teachers make a few extra bucks. Why bring outsiders in when the school probably has all the talent need on site now.
John February 21, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Syd I wouldn't exactly call them outsiders. One of them is an alumni. Also the school could be limited by the population of current teachers not qualified to coach varsity sports. Just saying.
Harvey Cedars February 21, 2013 at 04:21 PM
@Syd...I think nowadays some parents can be a bit more overbearing than in the 50's...might lead to less quality folks want to coach varsity sports at a high school for the meager stipend. Now if you don't have the gig as teacher but are promised that in return for coaching well than hmmm
Anon February 21, 2013 at 04:52 PM
There were plenty of 'qualified' teachers that applied. It is a shame they hired someone out of district.
NoName February 21, 2013 at 06:55 PM
There is always the possibility that they could be a good coach but, are they? If your kids go to that school, do you really want them coached by some wanna be who is trying to "make a few more bucks". Nothing against a teacher who is qualified and applies for the job but, I want my kids coached by someone who knows the sport so they dont end up looking like the Bad News Bears.
Rob February 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM
ridiculous: Good coaches come from all areas not just because they are an alumni of a school. In fact bringing somebody in from the outside has numerous benefits including making new relationships between athletes and the coach. The new coach is not a wanabee but a proven softball player with great coaching credentials. Phil Jackson played for the knicks but had seven championships with the bulls. Maybe the bulls should have made one of their employees of that era "the Coach" do you think they would have had the same success.

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