DARIEN, Conn. – Darien’s school board has chosen Christopher Manfredonia as the district’s new director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics, officials said Tuesday.
Manfredonia comes to Darien from Fairfield, where he was most recently athletic director for Fairfield Warde High School. He will take over for Michael Sullivan, who has been named Darien High School’s new assistant principal.
“Mr. Manfredonia is described as a ‘student-centered’ leader who has ‘excellent rapport with coaches, students, and parents,’” Schools Superintendent Stephen Falcone and Board of Education chair Elizabeth Hagerty-Ross said in a joint news release.
Before starting at Fairfield Warde seven years ago, Manfredonia spent nine years as an educator in Westport, first as a physical education teacher at Bedford Middle School and then as chair of the Physical Education and Health Department at Staples High School. He also coached girls’ basketball at Staples.
Manfredonia holds a bachelor's degree in public relations with a minor in psychology from Mount Saint Mary College, as well as a master's degree in school health and a sixth-year degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University. He lives in Newtown.
Manfredonia will official take over his new post in October. Until then John Keleher will come out of retirement on an interim basis to oversee the Physical Education, Health and Athletics department.