Welcome to the home of the AECI Tigers! My name is Tara Napolitano, and I have been the Athletic Director at AECI for 6 years. Sports have been a part of my life for over 20 years. I knew at a young age that I wanted a career involving sports, helping others achieve their highest athletic ability and encouraging students to strive to their full potential. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Southern Connecticut State University. While I was studying at SCSU, I played rugby for three years. Shortly after graduating from SCSU, I received my master’s degree in Sports Management from Adelphi University.
Participating in several sports throughout high school and college, I find it important to maintain an excellent athletic program in a high school. Providing several sports options for our students gives them an opportunity to part of a team, explore leadership roles, and most importantly, be involved at AECI. Our sports teams cater to male and female students and any academically eligible student can try out. The teams at AECI have highly skilled coaches who also happen to be members of our teaching staff, making their connections with our students even stronger. Currently we offer 12 teams for students to choose from.
As a former student-athlete, I take the word “student” very seriously. I believe that academics come first. With that being said, any athlete that makes a team will be put on a progress report while in season, so that he/she does not fall behind in any classes. My top priority is for our students to excel, not only on the court/field, but also in the classroom.
I am extremely motivated in making sure our student-athletes strive for athletic AND academic achievement, and overall, have a great experience representing AECI. Go Tigers!