Contact the Athletic Department
Phone: 845-687-2400 Fax: 845-687-0998

RV Ganders

Ron Montalto
Interim Athletic Director
e-mail: rmo

Deana DeGrote 
Athletics Secretary - ext 4287
e-mail: ddeg

To e-mail Mr. Montalto or Ms. DeGrote, use the e-mail
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Welcome Mr. Ron Montalto!

Ron Montalto was appointed to the position of Interim Athletic.
Ron comes to Rondout with 40 years of experience in high school athletics. He has won multiple awards including New York State Section IX Basketball Coach of the Year: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1999. Ron retired from Monroe-Woodbury Central School District in 2016 after serving as the Athletic Director for 34 years. Since 
Mr. Montalto’s retirement in 2016 he has served as an interim athletic director in seven other districts throughout the state. Ron also served with distinction in the US Military serving in Vietnam as a 1st LT Airborne Ranger Infantry Platoon Leader with the 101st Airborne Division. Awarded: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, New York State Conspicuous Service; award presented by Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Combat Infantry Badge (CIB)

We are honored and privileged to have Mr. Montalto assist in our Athletic Department and we are thankful for the values he will bring to our student-athletes while he is here.

Mr. Montalto can be reached in the Athletic Office at 845-687-2400 ext. 4287
Email: rmontalto
To e-mail Mr. Montalto, use the e-mail 
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Section IX Athletics

September 10, 2020:  The Section IX Athletic Council approved a resolution establishing an opening start date for athletics for all schools in Section IX.  Athletics will begin on November 30, 2020.  The fall season will follow from March to April and the spring season from May through June, with exact start dates to be determined.    

This resolution was presented to the Athletic Council by the Section IX COVID-19 Task Force.  This decision was based on two main determining factors: the safety of the students and the fact that so many of our Section IX school districts are conducting all classes via remote learning.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues Section IX in conjunction with our school districts will monitor developments and make changes when needed. 

(see link below)

Section IX Covid-19 Press Release Sept 10 2020.docx

Section IX Start Dates: 

All High School Winter Sports – November 30, 2020
Modified Winter Sports – December 7, 2020

All High School Fall Sports - March - April 2021
Modified Fall Sports –  March - April 2021

All High School Spring Sports– May - June 2021
Modified Spring Sports – May - June 2021

2020-2021 Athletic Sports Family ID Registration Dates:

Winter Varsity/JV - registration begins on October 31, 2020
-   registration begins on November 7, 2020

Fall Sports Varsity/JV - registration begins -  TBD
Modified– TBD

Spring Sports Varsity/JV registration begins TBD
– registration begins TBD

Sports Physicals: Sign up will be in respective Health Offices

Celebrate Fall Coaches Appreciation Days 
10/6/2020 - 10/8/2020



Take a minute and say thank you to a fall sport coach who goes above and beyond for student-athletes. #NYSPHSAACoachesDay


Please click below to view a message released on September 9th from NYSPHSAA regarding Football and Volleyball.

NYSPHSAA FBall VBall Cheer 090920.pdf

Please click below to view the "Return to Interscholastic Athletics" document released on September 11, 2020 by NYSPHSAA.

Return To Interscholastic Athletics REVISED FINAL 091120.pdf


The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has announced the following adjustment to the Fall 2020 athletic season: Originally scheduled for August 24th, the anticipated start date for Varsity and Junior Varsity sports is now Monday, September 21st.  The anticipated start for Modified sports remains TBD, pending a final decision from NYS on educational procedure.


 Attention all athletes:  We have moved to a secure online platform called Family ID for our sports registrations. Family ID Open registration starts on: 10/31/20 for the Winter JV/VARSITY sports.  You must register for your intended sports, even if you played a winter/spring sports.

a button that reads 'Register Now' with a 'Powered by FamilyID' stamp on the bottom of it

For more information and detailed instructions, please click this link.

Dates for sports physicals are as follows:
JV/Varsity Sports at RVHS    
8am-11am, by appointment only
Modified sports at RVJHS   
8am-11am, by appointment only

Fall sports physicals can be scheduled by calling the Rondout Valley Athletic Office, 845-687-2400, x4287. 

COVID rules will be in effect. All persons must wear a mask while in the school building.  Please use social distancing and hand-washing protocol. You will be screened, which includes temperature check, prior to entering the building. Athlete may be accompanied by one parent or guardian.  We will ask that you wait in the parking lot until nurse is ready for your appointment. Please provide phone number so that you can be contacted when it is time for you to enter the building.  

**Due to COVID - FOR FALL SPORTS ONLY- schools may permit student athletes to participate in the fall 2020 sports season if they have previously had a health examination for school attendance in the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 school years and provide a health history completed (Sample Recommended NYSED Interval Health History for Athletics) and signed by the parent/guardian within 30 days of the start of the season. Student athletes who have not previously had a health examination must still obtain a health examination prior to participation in the fall 2020 sports season. Please contact your school's nurse if you are unsure about your physical currently on file in the health office. 

*** At this time, students should plan to obtain the required health examination prior to participation in the winter or spring 2020-21 seasons, although that may change depending on the status of COVID-19 in the fall. The Department will provide updated information as needed.

Please contact the Athletic Office or your school nurses with any questions or concerns.

Regional Office of Interscholastic Athletics first Webinar series featuring Certified Mental Performance
Consultant Danielle Delisio.  

 When: Sep 29, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Press Pause On Play: How to Cope With Unexpected Disruption of Your Sport Season

Here is the link to the Zoom webinar:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 572645

Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 646 518 9805  or +1 646 876 9923
Webinar ID: 962 3768 6154

Please see the workout link below from Coach Frenza for the Modified Football team athletes:

Dante Catalfomo and Katherine Hardy named Senior-Scholar-Athletes!

Congratulations to seniors Dante Catalfomo and Katherine Hardy who have earned the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award!

Catalfomo served as captain of the Varsity Cross Country Team and played Varsity Soccer and Indoor and Outdoor Track. In addition, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Band and Pit Orchestra. Catalfomo will be studying Business Administrating with a concentration in finance at Babson College.

D. Catalfomo

Hardy played Varsity Soccer, Tennis, and Alpine Skiing. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Team, Science Olympiad, All County Band, Stage Crew and recipient of the Junior Stockholm Water Prize for her Science Research Project. Hardy will be studying Biology at Binghamton University.


K. Hardy

Congratulations to Bryan Chorzempa !!!

Bryan placed 4th in the State in the 200 Free (3rd for public high schools) and 3rd in the State in the 100 Backstroke (2nd for public high schools). At State Championships, he was also awarded the Sportsmanship Award for Section IX. 

At Sectionals in February, Bryan qualified for every individual event, he swam the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke. He was Section Champion in both events. He also won the Outstanding Swimmer Award for Section IX. 

Bryan will be reporting to the United States Naval Academy in July majoring in Engineering.  He is hoping to earn a spot on the Navy swim team.


#RondoutStrong #GanderNation

Congratulations to Darrian Slater who was a 4 year varsity basketball player and was recognized  the last 2 seasons as one of the Top Fifty Players in Section lX. During her 4 year varsity career at Rondout, Darrian scored 623 points.  Darrian will be continuing her educational and athletic career at Ulster County Community College.

D. Slater

#RondoutStrong #GanderNation


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Doug Morse was voted Section IX Modified Wrestling Coach of the year!!!!

Senior Bryan Chorzempa Medals at the NYSPHSAA Swim Championship

A huge congratulations to Bryan Chorzempa who placed in the top four in two events this weekend at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's swim championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island. Chorzempa placed third in the backstroke in 50.90 seconds and captured fourth in the 200-meter freestyle with a 1:40.80. He was the only area athlete to reach the championship finals. Congrats Bryan! #GanderPride #BleedBlue

Rondout Valley Football Player Jimmy Brush participated in the Section 9 Golden 50 College Showcase. He was selected as 1 of 8 Quarterbacks from the section. He had a great showing including a 60 yard TD pass on the last play of the showcase.  Great Job Jimmy!”



Section IX Parent Information

An Important Reminder :

There is no smoking and no dogs allowed on campus, including all sporting events