ARMONK, N.Y. -- Ridgefield resident Rob Castagna spent 21 years at Rye High School - the last 12 as Rye's athletic director - before bringing his zest for his profession to Byram Hills High School this year.
Castagna went to high school at New Rochelle, where he played football (All-County and All-State), ran track and wrestled, before attending Connecticut State University and Iona College (he also played football at both schools), and then returned to New Rochelle.
He said Byram Hills felt like the right fit.
"I think that Byram has a lot of offer," Castagna told Daily Voice. "I've followed their programs, because they compete against Rye. I believe in what Byram has to offer, and I want to be a part of the program here."
Castagna said he sees the multiple sport concept as one of the top challenges facing today's young athletes.
"I think one of the challenges is encouraging athletes to participate in multiple sports," he said. "I think the athletes today are specializing too early in their young careers, and I don't think they realize that when you're in high school, you should be playing as many sports as you can.
"Because once that's finished, that time is gone. I think that's a big challenge - more so each year. And I know athletic directors around the county are trying to encourage kids to be multiple sport athletes.
"But it's a great atmosphere here, a great staff here, and the administration is extremely supportive," he added. "It's really working out well."
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