Welcome to Athletics

  • A Message from the Athletic Director,

    As we embark on these difficult times I just wanted to take this opportunity to share a personal message with our entire athletic family. As an Athletic Director my duties include a plethora of responsibilities that range from scheduling games to making sure all student-athletes have the opportunity to be successful both on the field of play and in the classroom. It is times like this where I miss random students entering my office and engaging in meaningful conversations concerning athletics, academics, or simply life in general. It is times like this where I miss the smell of fresh cut grass in preparation of the spring season, the sound of coaches guiding children, the sound of students getting gathered in anticipation for practice just outside my office, parents calling to check up on their children, and all other things that exist within the realm of athletics . Although life has thrown us a massive curve ball, this is where you have to make sure you shift your weight on your back foot and drive the ball out of the park. In other words, as athletes what makes us most unique, is how we make adjustments, so we have a better chance of becoming more successful in either hitting a baseball, spiking a volleyball, perfecting a golf swing or more importantly, getting through these times. All the lessons you have received over the years have prepared you for this very moment. As athletes we are always taught the importance of teamwork, discipline, perseverance, unselfishness, and accountability. It is important that you now reflect on these traits and follow through by continuing to independently work on your craft and make sure to keep your eye on the prize as it relates to your academic pursuits. It is times like this where the term “Panther Pride” will be showcased at the highest level and everyone will have a clearer sense of what that term truly means through your efforts. It is times like this where you have to dig in, show some grit, and swing for the fences. As I have mentioned in our many conversations throughout the years together, we are here for you, support you, and will help guide you through whatever life tosses your way. Continue to keep your head down, work hard, and I will promise you when you pick your heads up and look at the scoreboard, we will be winning. Please continue to practice social distancing and read up on all the information accessible to you through our district website as it relates to our current status. I will be working closely with the NJSIAA in terms of updates and will share that information in a timely manner.

    Always remember, “Once a Panther, Always a Panther”……Have a Panther Day!


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    Mr. Nephtaly Cardona
    Director of Athletics
    Email:  nephcardona@paps.net   
    Phone: (732) 376-6200 ext. 23-408

    Ms. Adrianne Pegeron - Athletic Administrative Assistant
    Email:  adripegeron@paps.net
    Phone: (732) 376-6200 ext. 23-407
    Mr. Dominic Valentin - Athletic Trainer
    Email:  domivalentin@paps.net
    Phone: (732) 376-6200 ext. 23-446
    Mr. Anibal Hernandez - Athletic Trainer
    Phone: (732) 376-6200 ext. 23-446

  • A Philosophy of Excellence 

    The Perth Amboy School district believes that a dynamic program of student activities is vital to the educational development of the student. Athletics play an important part in the life of Perth Amboy High School. Young people learn a great deal from participation in interscholastic athletics. Lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, competition and how to win and lose gracefully are integral parts of our athletic program. Athletic participation also plays an important part in helping students develop a healthy self-concept as well as a healthy body. Athletic competition also improves school spirit and helps students develop pride in their school.

    The major objective of the athletic program is to provide wholesome opportunities for students to develop positive leadership habits and attitudes of social and group interaction. Coaching leadership should be of the highest quality and should provide athletes with examples of exemplary behavior. Measurement of leadership success should not be measured in terms of the tangible evidence of the victories and defeats. Instead character, courage and integrity will be major objectives of the athletic program.

    The athletic program will always be consistent with the general objectives of the school. The athletic administration should be oriented to general policies of the institution. At no time will the program place the total educational curriculum secondary in emphasis; program leaders will constantly strive for the development of well-rounded individuals, capable of taking their place in modern society. 

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