Chapter 7 of the New York Athletic Administrators’ Association (NYSAAA) is proud to congratulate Eric Bennett for his accomplishments as its Outstanding Athletic Administrator. Eric was given the honor March 14th at the awards banquet of the NYSAAA’s annual conference hosted at the Saratoga Hilton. Eric is a strong leader at Saranac Lake where he is currently in his fourth year as Athletic Director. “Eric is insightful and observant within the CVAC and Section VII. Eric has played an integral role in helping to push for the use of online scheduling and helped navigate Section VII towards improved communication through the use of specific software,” stated Matt Walentuk, Executive Director of Section VII and Chapter 7 representative for the NYSAAA. Josh Harrica, current CVAC president, has the following to say about Eric Bennett, “In the four years I have known Eric Bennett, I have known him to be a proponent of athletics within Section VII and his own school district. Serving as the head football coach and athletic director, Eric is a role model to student athletes and has been an outstanding colleague to fellow Athletic Directors throughout Section VII. Eric understands the value of athletics in education and wants to ensure that the student athletes have a positive experience.”
As Athletic Director at Saranac Lake, Eric has implemented Unified Basketball, helped structure a successful girls’ hockey merger with Lake Placid, and worked to afford student-athletes the ability to compete in two-sports in the same season. Eric has also served as the NYSAAA Assistant Chapter 7 Representative since 2016. Prior to becoming athletic director, Eric has coached high school football since 2003 and been head varsity coach since 2010. In 2012, he was named CVAC football coach of the year.