Canandaigua City School District names the next Director of Athletics

The Canandaigua City School District is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mrs. Caroline (Wenzel) Chapman as our next Director of Athletics. She will be taking over for retiring Director of Athletics, Mr. Jim Simmons. Mr. Simmons succeeded Mike Foster and between the two, they held the position of Director of Athletics for the past 44 years. Mrs. Chapman intends to continue the tradition of excellence which was so very present under the leadership of both Mr. Foster and Mr. Simmons.

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Mrs. Chapman, the first woman to hold the position for the Canandaigua City School District, has worked as the Interim Director of Athletics for the previous 15 months and has gained both valuable experience and enthusiastic endorsements among the coaching staff, the student-athletes, and the families of our community. Her outgoing and approachable nature, complemented by her organizational and communication skills, make her a natural selection for this important position.

Mrs. Chapman has worked in the Canandaigua City School District for 18 years, first as a social studies teacher and a coach and most recently as the district’s Director of Communications where she excelled. Prior to her professional career, Mrs. Chapman was a four-year member of the legendary William Smith College Women’s Soccer Team and played in the 2002 NCAA Division III Final Four. She still maintains her strong ties to her alma mater as she continues to support athletics by serving on the Heron Society Board of Directors for the past 16 years. Additionally, Mrs. Chapman is a member of the Geneva High School Sports Hall of Fame as she starred in soccer and track/ field in high school.

Mrs. Chapman is thrilled to take on this leadership position in such a storied school system with a tradition of excellence. Mrs. Chapman shared, “I am honored to lead our athletic programs. We have an outstanding team in the athletics department and a dedicated coaching staff. I look forward to working with our student-athletes to create strong relationships and positive experiences. Many of my favorite memories are connected to being an athlete or coach. I hope to create similar opportunities for our students at the Canandaigua City School District.”

Mrs. Chapman will now hold the title of Director of Athletics and Communication for the Canandaigua City School District and will officially begin this new role on Monday, March 13, 2023. There will be a mentorship period with Mr. Simmons and Mrs. Chapman to help ensure a smooth transition of leadership. Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Chapman!

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2022-2023 Start Dates For Varsity, JV, & Modified

  • Winter 2022- Varsity & JV - Monday, November 14, 2022
  • Winter 2022- Modified - Monday, November 28, 2022
  • Spring 2023- Varsity & JV - Monday, March 13, 2023
  • Spring 2023- Modified - Monday, March 27, 2023