Board of Education Honors Athletics Accomplishments
The Kingston City School District Board of Education honored two amazing men in the Athletics Department at their meeting on May 8, 2019.
Dave Johnson is the Head Custodian at the KHS Kate Walton Field House who was nominated for and awarded the Section 9 Distinguished Service to Athletes Award from NYSAAA (New York State Athletic Administrators Association), earlier this year. This is an award given to a person, not an Athletic Administrator, who has made a significant contribution over the years to athletics within their local chapter.
Mr. Johnson was presented with his award by Rich Silverstein, KCSD Athletics Director. "Dave, you are always there in your maroon and white to cheer on our kids. You make sure that every aspect of our school district’s athletic program is top of the line," said Silverstein, while commending Dave for deserving this award. "On behalf of NYS Section 9, on behalf of the Kingston School District, on behalf of the entire community here in Kingston, we would like to give you this award, thanking you for all of your hard work and dedication in taking care of our athletes here in the KCSD."
Dr. Paul J. Padalino, KCSD Superintendent, added "When I go into the school or the gym, he’s always got that smile on his face. He is always doing something to get the gym area ready for our contests. Thank you for everything you do."
Also honored was Coach Ron Kelder, for earning 300 wins in 23 seasons as the KHS Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach. He earned the 300th win on January 27, 2019, while the team was on their path to KHS Varsity Boys Basketball’s first ever Final Four, where they finished in the Top 3 of New York State. This was an amazing accomplishment for both Kelder and the entire team.
“One of the things that is extremely difficult to do is to win in high school basketball,” Mr. Silverstein said, as he spoke of the coach. “To win 300 basketball games while representing Kingston School District not only is unbelievable to accomplish, but to accomplish it in such a short period of time (is quite the feat),”
“Basketball is my favorite thing in the world, aside from being the superintendent,” said Dr. Padalino “Coach Kelder was nice enough to let me come in and speak to (the team) before they left for the final 4, and they are a great group of young men. I am so glad we had Coach Kelder there to lead them through that unbelievable journey.”