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Athletes Score New Director

Manhasset Secondary School sports have scored with the addition of Jim Amen, Jr. as the school’s athletic director.  Amen brings to the table an impressive background in physical education. He was considered a legend in the Cold Spring Harbor School district, where he was athletic director from 1999 until this spring; they even named a field after him when he retired.

But just a few months later he’s back on the field, this time in Manhasset. “I made a good decision [to quit retirement],” he said. Amen, a native Long Islander, graduated from Massapequa High School and received his degree from SUNY Cortland. He worked in the Plainview/Old Bethpage school district. For three years he coached men’s soccer at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point and was named Metropolitan Coach of the Year after leading the team to the championships.  He coached soccer at Hofstra University in 1977 and was assistant lacrosse coach there as well.

Amen moved to Maryland where took a position as head nasketball coach and assistant lacrosse coach at John Hopkins. In 1982, Amen returned to Long Island to teach and coach in Levittown, and then to Bethpage as atheltic director.  Currently, Amen is the Nassau County boys lacrosse coordinator and the president of the Boys Lacrosse New York State Public High School Athletic Association.  

After being in the physical education field for some time, he is familiar with all the players from surrounding school districts.  

He has the utmost respect for Carolyn Pagnano, Manhasset’s former athletic director, who took the special retirement package offered between the first (failed) budget vote and the revised budget vote. The revised budget compressed the athletic director’s position from a full time employee to .5 FTE.

When asked how he was looking to change things here in Manhasset, he said was going to “look, listen and learn.”  Amen indicated he had already met with the coaches and the faculty and is looking “to improve what is good here.”  He enjoys students and especially likes the students in Manhasset because even if they do not know you, they always respond politely when addressed and say “hello.”

Amen resides in Northport with his wife and has raised three children Scott, Lauren and Brian. His dad, a teacher, was a great influence on him.  He speaks humbly about his past accomplishments. Superintendent of Schools, Charles Cardillo’s words of introduction to the SCA parent meeting ring true: “The district had the good fortune of hiring an incredibly respected individual who has a trmendous work ethic in regards to athletics.  Despite .5 position, the district has hired an individual who is totally dedicated to getting the job done at a high level.”