December Proud to be MACS: Dominick Anthony
Dominick Anthony, December 2021
The Board of Education honored high school physical education teacher and varsity girls basketball coach Dominick Anthony as its Proud to be MACS recipient for December 2021.
Dominick grew up in the North Syracuse area and graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School in 2002.
After graduation, Dominick attended Herkimer Community College before transferring to SUNY Brockport where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education. He then earned his master’s degree in adaptive physical education from SUNY Cortland.
When asked why he chose physical education, Dominick says he has always enjoyed physical activity beginning as a youth when he played soccer, basketball and lacrosse.
After college, Dominick would substitute and coach for Liverpool schools before joining MACS in 2010. In his first five years, he split time between the physical education department and also worked as a teaching assistant between Mexico Elementary, Mexico Middle and Mexico High schools.
When the longtime, well-known Ron Jardin retired from his physical education instructor post at New Haven in 2015, Dominick stepped in and has lived up to the strong reputation of his predecessor. He remained at New Haven until this year when he returned to the high school.
In addition to instructing, Dominick has served as a coach for modified boys soccer, JV girls lacrosse and JV and varsity girls basketball teams. His 2020 Tigers varsity girls basketball team went undefeated at 10-0.
Modified Boys Soccer, JV Girls Lacrosse, and JV and Varsity Girls Basketball teams.
Along the way, Dominick married Molly, a math teacher in the Jamesville-DeWitt district, and had two daughters named Grace and Taylor.
“I have heard consistent feedback that students already feel that Mr. Anthony is making personal connections with them and listening to their ideas and feedback about how to make PE an enjoyable and beneficial experience,” writes nominator Shannon Bigelow. “His presence at the high school is a huge plus for our students!”