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 Finley is putting two teams on the court this winter. (Darin Reed photo (2)

Finley Girls’ Volleyball Thrives

November 22, 2022
 Jack Steinberg goes up for the shot. (Darin Reed photo.)

Finley Boys’ Basketball Teams Enthusiastic

November 21, 2022
 Finley seventh and eighth grade girls can now participate in interscholastic gymnastics with Oldfields.

New Opportunity Created for Finley Girls’ Gymnastics

November 18, 2022
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Finley Girls’ Soccer-White a Work in Progress

November 15, 2022
 Coach Alex Nelson and the Finley-Blue boys' soccer team.

Finley-Blue Boys’ Soccer Enjoys 10-0 Season

November 14, 2022
 A free Finley girls' intramural lacrosse program will be offered. (Darin Reed photo (1)

Free Finley Girls’ Lacrosse Intramurals to be Offered

November 14, 2022
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Finley Cross Country Gathers Momentum

November 9, 2022
 Here come the Finley Blue Devils.

Finley Football Team Grows Together

November 7, 2022
 The Finley field hockey team enjoyed a great fall. (Darin Reed photo.)

Finley Field Hockey Finishes at 6-1-1

November 3, 2022
 Finley showcased many talented young players. (Darin Reed photo (1)

Finley Girls’ Tennis Maintain Competitiveness

November 2, 2022
 The Finley co-ed cross country team was superb at the county meet at Sunken Meadow.

Eric Heinz Paces Finley at County Invitational

October 31, 2022
 Finley Winter Season No. 1 sports signups are underway.  (2)

Finley Winter Season I Sports Start on November 7

October 27, 2022
 Coaches Alex Nelson and Travis Smith with the two Finley boys' soccer teams.

Finley Boys’ Soccer Teams Square Off

October 27, 2022
 Th 2022 J. Taylor Finley Middle School football team.

Finley Football Tops Stimson, 26-6

October 20, 2022
  Fencing intramurals are underway on Tuesday nights in the STEM School gym. (Darin Reed photo.)

Free Fencing Intramural Program Offered

October 3, 2022
  Finley's two girls' soccer teams appear to be powerful

Finley Girls’ Soccer Teams Appear Powerful

September 29, 2022
  The Finley football team opens at home on Friday against Northport

Finley Football Plays First Game on Friday at Home

September 29, 2022
  Finley Winter Season No. 1 sports signups are underway.

Finley Cross Country is Off and Running

September 23, 2022
  The Finley field hockey team opens its season this week. (Darin Reed photo.)

Finley Field Hockey Ready for Season Opener

September 19, 2022
  The Finley field hockey team in action last fall. (Darin Reed photo.)

Finley Fall Sports Begin on Tuesday, September 6

August 1, 2022

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Finley Middle School Sports

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School athletic program is developmental in nature. It seeks to encourage participation at several achievement levels on teams spread across four different seasons.

Schools competing at the “modified” level in New York State field teams consisting of seventh and eighth graders. Schools on this level attempt to equalize competition to prevent the overmatching of teams or individuals to the extent possible.

The Finley athletic program stresses the development of strong fundamentals, sportsmanship, the proper respect for authority and the establishment of a healthy balance between sports and all the other activities that seventh and eighth graders normally participate in to prevent an excessive load for any youngster.

Modified athletic programs strive to attain a minimal loss of school time, limited publicity, competent officiating and awards focused on participation.

Finley students are able to explore four different sports in each of their two years of middle school. There are fall and spring seasons along with two separate seasons during the winter months.

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James M. Hoops

James M. Hoops assumed the position of district director of health, physical education and athletics on July 1, 2021. He previously served for three years as coordinator of physical education, athletics and special projects. He has worked full-time in the district since April 1984 and has been a physical education teacher since September 1990. He is also certified as a social studies teacher.

A graduate of John H. Glenn High School, Mr. Hoops obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees at Stony Brook University, through which he also obtained his school administrator certification. He has coached wrestling on the high school level and boys’ and girls’ tennis and girls’ soccer on both the middle school and high school levels. He has also coached middle school boys’ and girls’ soccer and baseball.

While serving as assistant coach to iconic Hall of Fame head coach Lou Giani, the Blue Devil wrestling team won several Suffolk and state team championships along with 17 individual county and eight state champions.

Mr. Hoops has also served as the district’s public information coordinator since July 2001. He maintains Huntington UFSD’s website content and also prepares items for the district’s various social media platforms.

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Michael Marinello

Michael Marinello has been the district’s coordinator of physical education, athletics and driver education since July 1, 2021. He has been a Huntington physical education teacher since September 1995. He earlier taught at Western Suffolk BOCES for five years.

A graduate of Sachem High School, Mr. Marinello earned an undergraduate degree at Springfield College in physical education and a master’s degree at Stony Brook University in liberal studies with a concentration in health science. He has coached high school golf, high school and middle school wrestling, JV tennis and middle school baseball and boys’ track and field.

Currently the head coach of the Huntington High School varsity golf team, Mr. Marinello is also an assistant varsity wrestling coach. He has been a well-known and well-liked faculty member and athletic coach who also lives in the community and has sent his own children through Huntington High School.

Mr. Marinello is a CPR and First Aid trainer. He has also been a volunteer emergency medical technician. He has taught driver education for many years and he leads the district’s program.

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  1. To be eligible for participation, a student must have passed a physical examination for the activity he/she wishes to participate in. Physical examination reports completed by private physicians must be submitted to the school nurse for approval. SPORT PHYSICALS ARE VALID FOR ONE (1) YEAR FROM DATE OF EXAMINATION. The district reserves the right to require a physical examination by the school physician.
  2. All students must submit a health history form in order to be re- qualified by the school nurse prior to each season.
  3. Anystudentwhosustainsaninjuryduringpracticeorgame must report it immediately to their coach, athletic trainer and the school nurse.
  4. Any student whose safe participation is in question as a result of the health history interview, an injury, or prolonged absence (5 days) must obtain a medical release from a physician and bring it to the school nurse prior to continued participation in the sport.
  1. To be eligible for interscholastic athletics, a student must be taking at least four subjects including physical education, and be in regular attendance 80 percent of the school time.
  2. To be eligible for an athletic contest or practice, you must be in school a minimum of six (6) periods for that school day. If you must miss any part of the school day, a note from your parent/guardian is required. This note must be presented to the Athletic Director. Only legal excuses/absences are acceptable.
  3. Students are expected to be in all scheduled classes. If you are reported cutting, this information will be given to the Athletic Director and your coach will consult with you. Repeated cutting may result in temporary or permanent suspension from the team.
  4. Attendance at all practices and games is mandatory. It is the athlete's responsibility to notify the coach in the event it becomes absolutely necessary to miss a practice or game. This should be a rare occurrence and if you are unable to contact your coach, you must contact the Athletic Office at 673-2018.
  5. If an athlete leaves the team prior to the completion of the season, post-season recognition, awards, and credit may be forfeited. The season consists of the regularly scheduled competitions as well as any playoff or post-season competitions the team or individual has qualified for.
  6. Athletes serving In-School Suspension (ISS) or Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) are not permitted to practice or participate in games/scrimmages.

All students are expected to pass all subjects. Passing physical education is a requirement for participation in interscholastic sports. Failure to maintain a passing average in all other subjects may result in being placed on probation from the activity, until improvement is displayed, as judged by the Athletic Director. Students on probation will be required to attend study sessions to concentrate on the subject failed. Participation may or may not continue during the probation. Continued academic failure may result in being suspended from the activity.

As an athlete, you are responsible for the care and the return of all athletic equipment that is issued to you. Any equipment that you do not return must be paid for. Failure to return or pay for equipment issued to you will result in your not being permitted to try out for the next sport season. In addition, if you have in your possession any athletic equipment that has not been issued to you, it could result in the immediate suspension from the team you are participating on. Such items should be turned into the Athletic Office immediately. These rules will be enforced to protect the community’s investment in the athletic program.

No athletic equipment is to be worn without the consent of the coach. Athletic uniforms are NOT to be worn during physical education class. If the student-athlete fails to return or pay for uniforms at the end of a season, he/she may not be eligible to try out for the next sport season.

The school district is not responsible for personal property. It is recommended that all valuables be left at home. Students must provide their own lock to store items in team locker rooms.

The district requires that a Transportation Release Form be completed, signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the athletic office at least 24 hours prior to the contest each time the release of a student-athlete is sought from the return transportation provided by the district.

  1. Sportsmanship:
  2. It is important for athletes to remember that participation is a privilege that is not to be abused by unsportsmanlike conduct. The District athlete is to demonstrate self-control and respect for other students, teammates, other athletes, officials, and spectators at all times. District athletes are expected to treat opponents with respect before, during and after competitions. Congratulations, shaking hands and other acts of good sportsmanship are expected.

    Students are expected to display good citizenship during the school day, on the athletic field, and in the community. You are representing the school district, so you are expected to act accordingly. Behavior that is less than acceptable will lead to temporary or permanent suspension from the team.

    SPORTSMANSHIP CODE: The athlete must understand and comply with the following code:
    1. Follow the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
    2. Eliminate all possibilities which tend to destroy the best values of the game.
    3. Stress values derived from playing a game fairly.
    4. Show cordiality and courtesy to visiting teams and officials.
    5. Establish positive relations with visiting teams and hosts.
    6. Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.
    7. Follow the Section XI, NYSPHSAA and the High School rules of eligibility.
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    9. Encourage leadership, use of initiative and good judgment by teammates.
    10. Recognize that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, moral, social and emotional well being of the individual player.
    11. Remember that an athletic contest is ONLY A GAME, not a matter of life or death, for any athlete, coach, school, spectator or community.
  3. Student Code of Conduct:
  4. All student athletes must comply with the District’s Code of Conduct in addition to the Athlete’s Code of Conduct.

Hazing, defined as any activity directed against another for the purpose of initiation into any school district sponsored activity, organization, club or team, is a form of harassment whether it is physical or verbal. It is prohibited and should not be condoned by a victim, coach, staff, school administration, fellow students and especially team members. Any student found to have committed an act of harassment against any student in the District, including team members, will be faced with disciplinary action which may include suspension from their athletic team and suspension from school. Team members are fully expected to notify a coach and other school officials if any such behavior is observed.

An athlete may not use or be in possession of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances such as illicit drugs or steroids at any time. An athlete may not use prescription drugs that have been prescribed for another person. Any student found to use alcohol, tobacco, or any illegal drug on or off school property at any time, including weekends, during the sport season will be suspended from participating in that sport. You have a commitment to your team not only during and after school, but also in the evening and on weekends. If a student-athlete discloses and informs a coach or other school official about his/her substance abuse problem, suspension may be waived if the athlete is willing to take active steps to remedy the problem.

Foul language and insulting remarks are not permissible. Students will not be permitted to fight or strike teammates and opponents unless in the context of a contact sport where such physical conduct is required or permitted. Athletes are expected to obey a coach’s directions. Disobedience, unwarranted comments, and other insubordinate behavior may interfere with the coach’s ability to conduct a practice and may distract from the time a coach should spend for the purpose of the team. Athletes are expected to communicate with coaches before or after practice to avoid distracting team practices and team goals. Athletes are expected to follow the rules and protocol of their sport and should not intentionally violate the rules of the sport that they are playing during practice or competition.

As a representative of the Department of Athletics and the Huntington Union Free School District, you are always in the public eye. Please keep the following in mind as you participate on social networking web sites:

  • Understand that anything posted online is available to anyone in the world. Any text or photo placed online is out of your control the moment it is placed online—even if you limit access to your site.
  • You should not post any information, photos, or other items online that could embarrass you, your family, your team, the Department of Athletics, or the Huntington Union Free School District. This includes information, photos and items that may be posted by others on your site.
  • Behavioral expectations in the online world are the same as in the real world. Student-athletes could face discipline or sanctions for conduct committed or evident online that violates this code in the Student Code of Conduct.

Spectators are an important aspect of the District’s Athletic program and enhance the accomplishments of the individual athletes. Spectators are expected to conform to the accepted standards of sportsmanship and may never distract from the accomplishments of the District’s athletes. Spectators are capable of creating a negative impression of the District’s athletic program and embarrassing District athletes. The following rules of conduct must be followed by all spectators:

  1. Respect officials, visiting coaches, visiting players, visiting cheerleaders and visiting spectators. Treat all visitors as guests to our community and extend all courtesies to our visitors.
  2. Booing, whistling, stamping of feet, disrespectful remarks and obscene gestures must be avoided and will not be tolerated.
  3. Bells, horns or other noise devices will not be allowed during contests.
  4. All spectators must refrain from making derogatory comments toward any District player, coach or spectator.
  5. Absolutely no comment of a personal nature may be made toward a player, coach or official.

These rules and regulations will be enforced. They have been devised to help maintain the integrity of the athletic program here in Huntington and to help each and every student athlete have a safe, successful and enjoyable athletic experience.


Beginning in the seventh grade, in order to remain eligible to participate in co-curricular activities, a student who fails two or more subjects on the informals, quarterly grade reports and/or June final grades shall be required to attend extra help before, during or after the school day. Extra help is defined as attending a set number of minutes per week per subject of tutorial assistance. A teacher certified in the required subject area must administer extra help. If no such teacher can be scheduled, the building administration will arrange for alternative tutoring. Extra help shall continue until the student is failing less than two courses. A student failing physical education, even if it is the only course failed, shall not participate in extracurricular sports.

Students, teachers, advisors and coaches will be notified in writing of the failures. Upon notification, tutorial support will be put in place for the students as will the use of daily/weekly student progress reports. The written student notification will state the effective date of ineligibility. The student has the opportunity to appeal before the Eligibility Committee. Such a committee will be selected from administrators, counselors, teachers, advisors, coaches, and will closely review student progress to determine terms of eligibility or ineligibility for each student reviewed.

A school-sponsored student organization has the right to establish criteria for membership provided such criteria are relevant to the purpose and activities of that group.

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Last Name First Position Season Contact
Ioviera Jordan Head, Football Fall 631-673-2018
Garland Jonathan Assistant, Football Fall 631-673-2018
Dieterich Greg Assistant, Football Fall 631-673-2018
Bergmann Marissa Field Hockey Fall 631-673-2018
Smith Travis Boys' Soccer Fall 631-673-2018
Nelson Alex Boys' Soccer Fall 631-673-2018
Scully Shea Girls' Soccer Fall 631-673-2018
Furman Alicia Asst., Girls' Soccer Fall 631-673-2018
Richter Jarrad Cross-Country Fall 631-673-2018
Triolo Eric Girls' Tennis Fall 631-673-2018
Madden Tim Boys' Basketball Winter I 631-673-2018
Postel Carrie Girls' Volleyball Winter I 631-673-2018
Madden Tim Girls' Basketball Winter II 631-673-2018
Taylor Chris Head, Wrestling Winter II 631-673-2018
Annunziata Anthony Asst., Wrestling Winter II 631-673-2018
Richter Jarrad Head, Baseball Spring 631-673-2018
Bergmann Marissa Head, Softball Spring 631-673-2018
Bilello Matthew Boys' Lacrosse-B Spring 631-673-2018
Kowelchuck Jonathan Boys' Lacrosse-B Spring 631-673-2018
Smith Travis Boys' Lacrosse-W Spring 631-673-2018
Annunziatta Anthony Boys' Lacrosse-W Spring 631-673-2018
Stanford Hildi Girls' Lacrosse, Head Spring 631-673-2018
Gonzalez Ysreal Girls' Lacrosse, Asst. Spring 631-673-2018
Romano John Boys' Tennis' Spring 631-673-2018
Madden Tim Head Girls' Track and Field Spring 631-673-2018
Reynolds Brian Head Boys' Track and Field Spring 631-673-2018

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Finley Girls' Tennis

October 6, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

18 Photos


Finley Girls' Soccer

October 6, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

73 Photos


Finley Football Lacrosse vs Northport

September 30, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

55 Photos


Finley Girls' Lacrosse vs Oldfield

June 3, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

33 Photos


Finley Girls' Lacrosse vs Northport

May 23, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

48 Photos


Finley Baseball

April 26, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

40 Photos


Finley Boys' Volleyball

March 11, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

33 Photos


Finley Girls' Basketball vs. Lindenhurst

March 4, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

68 Photos


Finley Baseball

April 26, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

40 Photos


Finley Boys' Volleyball

March 11, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

33 Photos


Finley Girls' Basketball vs. Lindenhurst

March 4, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

68 Photos


Finley Boys' Volleyball vs. Candlewood

March, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

75 Photos


Finley Wrestling vs. Copiague

February, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

81 Photos


Finley Boys' Basketball

January, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

35 Photos


Finley Girls' Volleyball

January, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

77 Photos


Finley Girls' Soccer vs Elwood

October, 2021. Credits: Darin Reed

30 Photos


Finley Boys' Soccer vs Northport

October, 2021. Credits: Darin Reed

41 Photos


Finley Boys' Soccer

October, 2021. Credits: Darin Reed

51 Photos


Finley Football vs. Northport

October 20, 2021. Credits: Darin Reed

43 Photos


Finley Field Hockey vs Commack

October, 2021. Credits: Darin Reed

38 Photos

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J. Taylor Finley Sports Program

20 Greenlawn Rd, NY 11746

Grades: 7-8

Mascot: Blue Devils

Facilities: Finley Gymnasium

Finley Fields

Jack Abrams Gymnasium

Director: James M. Hoops

Coordinator: Michael Marinello

Ath Secretary: Nicole Haas

Ath Secretary: Rosemary Fleming

1-631-673-2017 Athletic Director

1-631-673-2018 Athletic Office

1-631-425-4725 FAX

School Hours: 8:05 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.