Andrew J. Pino

Andy PinoAndrew J. Pino is a 1969 graduate of Canastota High School and a 1973 honors graduate of the University of Tennessee. He was employed as a teacher and coach for the Canastota district for 36 years retiring from teaching in 2009. He has served as Director of Athletics since 2010. During his tenure, Andy has coached varsity football, boys’ and girls’ outdoor and indoor track, along with boys’ and girls’ cross-country. He was the designer of the present track and field complex at Canastota. He has been recognized with several awards by the Canastota PTA for his service to the district and twice was named Outstanding Alumnus by the Canastota Athletics Association.

Andy was the first coach in Canastota school history to achieve a state team championship. Under his leadership, his teams have captured 45 league championships, 43 sectional championships, and three New York State Cross Country championships. Seven of his former athletes have won either individual or relay state championships. His cross-country record for girls is (366 – 11) and for the boys (266– 89). In outdoor track his girls’ teams comprised a record of (316-22) while his boys’ teams were (55-27). He is second all-time among coaches in Girls’ Track victories in New York State history, fourth all-time in Girls’ Cross-Country wins and seventh in combined Boys’ and Girls’ Cross-Country victories. His athletes have competed at Millrose Games, the U.S. Olympic Developmental Track Championships, the Penn Relays, and the Nike Cross Country Championships along with several appearances at the Walt Disney World Cross Country championships. Numerous athletes of his have received All New York State All-State recognition and several have received United States High School All-American status as well as USA Today All-American awards.

Andy has been awarded the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association “Coach of Distinction” award, the New York State Track Coach of the Year, and has been a two time recipient of the USA Track “Niagara Region” coach of the year. He has served on the coaching staff of the Empire State Games and has conducted numerous clinics and broadcasts on track and field training. Andy has served on the Section III executive committee in spring track, winter track and cross country. He has been a chairperson for track and cross country in Section III, the Center State Conference and the Tri-Valley League. He was instrumental in developing many track and field and cross country related events for Canastota including the New York State Empire Games.

Andy was one of the founders of the Canastota Running Club and organized the successfulPino Yearbook “Nate the Great Race”, held annually in Canastota. He also established the Canastota Cross Country Classic along with track relay carnivals and championships. He developed the Canastota Summer Running program for children which allowed them to compete at local and national AAU competitions. Over the past 35 years, Andy has been actively involved in the organization of the Special Olympics hosted by the Canastota District. Andy has been honored by the March of Dimes and DARE for his service and contributions to those organizations. He also has also been involved with the American Cancer Society, the Bishop Hope Appeal and the American Heart Association.

For over a decade, Andy was a national writer of fantasy football, producing articles for numerous magazines and national websites. He was one of the original writers for Fantasy Football Today, and Many of his stories and articles have been published in fantasy annuals including several for the Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports websites. He was a weekly contributor to several radio fantasy football programs along with several podcasts.

Andy is the son of Andrew and Olive (Smith) Pino. He is married to the former Martha Kinney. They have three children, a daughter Carrie Elizabeth McNally of Cary, NC, and two sons A. Joseph Pino of Middleburg, Florida and Stephen Michael of Canastota. They have four granddaughters Kaia, Rachel, Bridget and Bryn. His parents along with his brothers Concetto and Ross; and his sisters Olivia, Ann Marie, Andrea, Christine, Mary Katherine, and Lori are graduates of Canastota while his youngest sister, Julie, attended Canastota before graduating in Rhode Island.