Thomas Heinzelman appointed interim assistant principal/athletic
August 5, 2011 - Thomas
Heinzelman was appointed as interim assistant principal/athletic
director at Goshen High School. He will replace former assistant
principal/athletic director Robert Siracuse, who accepted a position in
another school district, until a permanent replacement is found.
A long career in education
Heinzelman has worked in education for 33 years. He
began his career in 1975 as a physical education teacher at the
Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, where he coached
football, wrestling and lacrosse. After three years, he became the
administrative dean of students.
In 1983, Heinzelman became the Director of Physical
Education and Athletics and head varsity football coach at Hudson Falls
Central School District, where he worked until his retirement in 2008.
Following his life-long dream
“I always knew since about the sixth grade that I
wanted to a physical education teacher,” said Heinzelman. “I had a lot
of great physical education teachers who were tremendous role models for
Those role models were none other than the teachers
at the Goshen Central School District – Heinzelman’s alma mater. He
graduated from Goshen High School in 1971 and proudly wore his Gladiator
uniform playing football, basketball and track. In fact, Heinzelman was
inducted into the Goshen High School Hall of Fame in the early 80s.
After retirement, Heinzelman admits that he had no
interest in going back to work – that is, until a former colleague from
his years working in Upstate New York called him and asked him to step
in as interim at his old stomping ground.
“I’ve known Superintendent Daniel Connor for about 25
years when we were both administrators working upstate, and when he
called and asked me to become an interim at Goshen High School, I
couldn’t say no,” said Heinzelman. “Goshen is the only place I would
accept a position such as this.”
The very first thing Heinzelman did upon returning to
Goshen was drive by his old homestead on Golden Hill Avenue.
“It brings back a lot of great memories to be here,”
said Heinzelman. “Goshen had a very caring and dedicated staff. The
coaches provided good programs and the community was very involved in
the schools. It was a great town to grow up in.”
As an interim, Heinzelman plans on providing
leadership to help continue the athletic program as he remembers it.
“Everyone wanted to wear a Gladiator uniform,” he said.
About Thomas Heinzelman
Graduated from Goshen High School in 1971
Received B.S. in physical education from Ithaca
College in 1975
Received Master of Science in
Education/Administration from SUNY Albany in 1980
Recipient of the New York State Athletic
Administrators Association (NYSAAA) Section II Athletic
Administrator of the Year Award in 2008
President of the New York State High School
Football Coaches Association (NYSHSFCA) from 2007-2010