Athletic Director


Phone: (315) 697-8350

Mr. Andrew J. Pino

Andy Pino is a 1969 graduate of Canastota High School and a 1973 honors graduate of the University of Tennessee. He has completed graduate work at SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, the University of Missouri and the University of Tennessee. Pino was employed as an elementary classroom teacher and coach for the Canastota district for 36 years retiring from teaching in 2009. Presently he is serving as Director of Athletics and Girls Track coach for the Canastota Central School system. Andy was the first coach in Canastota school history to achieve a state team championship and his athletes have captured several state championships along with numerous Section III honors. During his tenure he has coached varsity football, boys and girls track and boys and girls cross country. Pino was instrumental in designing of the present track and field complex at Canastota.

Under his leadership, his teams have captured 43 sectional championships, 3 New York State Cross country championships and seven individuals have won either individual or relay state championships. His overall accomplishments include a(316-22) record in Girls Track, (366-11) record in Girls Cross Country, (266-89) record in Boys Cross Country and (55-27) record in Boys Track. He is second among coaches in girls track victories in New York State history, as well fourth all-time in Girls’ Cross-Country and seventh in combined Boys and Girls Cross-Country wins in New York State. Andy recently recorded his 1,000th coaching victory this past April.

His athletes have competed at Millrose Games in New York City, the U.S. Olympic Developmental Track Championships, the Penn Relays along with many National and Eastern States championships meets. His Cross Country teams have competed in the Nike Championships in Cary, North Carolina along with several appearances at the Walt Disney World Cross Country championships. Numerous athletes of his have received All New York State recognition and several have received United States High School All-American status as well as USA Today All-American awards. His 1986 team had athletes ranked in the top 20 in 25 events among all High School female track competitors. He has been a coach for the Central New York Empire State track and field teams and have been a clinician at various conferences locally and nationwide.

Pino was one of the founder of the Canastota Running Club and organized the successful “Nate the Great Race”, held annually in Canastota.During his tenure he designed a “state of the art” 9 lane track and field complex which features not only a steeplechase but dual jumping pits and pole vault areas. During the past years Canastota have hosted numerous invitational, relay carnivals, and sectional events along with also hosting the New York State “Empire State Games”. He also established the Canastota Cross Country Classic which has been held at Green Lakes State Park and later at Verona Beach State Park. Pino also developed the Canastota Summer Running program for children which allowed them to compete at local and national AAU competition.

Throughout his forty years of teaching and coaching, he has been associated with numerous quality student-athletes with many who have competed at the various collegiate levels. Pino coached Patty Wiegand at Canastota, a seven time NCAA All-American and national champion at the University of Tennessee. Wiegand was named SEC Scholar-Athlete and NCAA Woman of the Year in 1991. On the same team was Mary Beth Duffy who became an All-American runner at Ithaca College and later an international competitor in the triathlon. Another of his pupils Melinda Watkins achieved All-SEC status at the University of Tennessee. Pino coached Allison Lasnicki to the New York State Class C championship in 2009 and she gained All-American status in the 10,000 meters at the University of Connecticut in 2013 and West Virginia University in 2014.. Another of his former runners Ruth Zehr captured the national Junior College championship competing for SUNY Delhi while her HS teammate Shanti Couch finished second in the same race. In his career Pino had 15 Division I athletes receiving scholarships along with over 70 athletes who have competed at all NCAA levels.

Pino 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 Section III executive committee in spring track, winter track and cross country. He has served a chairperson for track and cross country in Section III and the Tri-Valley League and was instrumental in developing many track and field and cross country related events for the Central New York running community.