The New York State Athletic Administrators Association will honor Beacon High School's Eric Romanino tonight as the Section 1 Athletic Director of the Year at the organization's conference in Saratoga Springs.
A committee of athletic directors within the section determines the award each year. This is the first time Romanino received the honor since his appointment as Beacon's athletic director in 1996.
"It's nice to be recognized by my colleagues for the hard work I've put into my district and section," Romanino said. "In everything I've done in athletics, I've always tried to make the school district proud and better the section."
Beacon has received several awards over the years under Romanino, including the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship Award in 2009 and the Section 1 Sportsmanship Award in 2012.
"I'm really proud of how the program has elevated our academic and sportsmanship programs," Romanino said. "Our student-athletes deserve the best, and that's been my goal since taking over as the athletic director."
Poughkeepsie athletic director Matt Cameron will present Romanino with the award at the banquet. Cameron spoke highly of Romanino's contributions to Beacon and Section 1, both during Romanino's tenure as athletic director and his earlier experiences with Beacon athletics.
"Eric does a lot for the section. He's on several different committees," Cameron said. "I think it's very nice he's being recognized for all the work he's put in over the years both on the local and state level.
"I'm honored to be presenting, as I've always looked at Eric as one of my mentors. Eric was a guy I leaned on a lot and looked to for guidance when I started. He's supported me a lot over the years."
Romanino's contributions to Beacon range from assisting in the design of Beacon's new high school and athletic facilities to expanding the program's size as well as introducing new teams in recent years, including girls' lacrosse.
"Eric puts long hours in to make sure that everything is run smoothly and he's got great organizational skills," Beacon boys basketball coach Tom Powers said.
"Our sports program took off in the 2000s, and he had a lot to do with that."
Romanino, a member of the Section 1 executive committee and president of Conference I since 1999, has also been the section wrestling chairman for nearly two decades.
"I started on a mission to make Beacon one of the best athletic programs in the county, and my work is not complete," Romanino said. "I'm looking at retirement, but I'm not done yet."