The J. Taylor Finley Middle School football team opens its season this week. The squad will play a six game schedule.
The team’s roster includes dozens of seventh and eighth graders. Finley is led by head coach Jordan Ioviero. Patrick Reilly and Andrew White are the team’s assistant coaches.
Finley opens at home on Wednesday against Kings Park. Games with Candlewood, Stimson, Nesaquake (Smithtown), East Northport and Northport will follow.
The roster features seventh graders Frank Algieri, Sean Egan, Jacob Guzik, William Kim, Austin Krywak, Walter Kusterbeck, Justin Manzanares Quintanilla, Christian Mitchell, Nicholas Normoyle, Chase Northrop, William Peters, Vincent Pupillo, Jose Rodriquez Alvarez, Kashiem Sexton, Fergie Sierra Ortega and Ronan Sosnowski.
Finley’s eighth grade players include Joseph Boeckmann Jakeem Casey, Geovanny Castillo, Trystan Clark, Brandon Cohen, Gavin Deegan, William Fallon, Dylan Heller, Geoffrey Hoffmann, Thomas Kline, Jonathan Kraft, Kevin London, Timothy McDonald, Ethan Naima, Sean Posillico, Thomas Smith, Joseph Tavarez-Hernandez, James Taylor, Jordan Thorbourne, Adrian White and Nile Williams.
Mr. Ioviero is in his second year as a district physical education teacher. He has worked at J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Woodhull Intermediate School. A 2007 graduate of John H. Glenn High School, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and adapted PE at Dowling College in 2011. He earned a master’s degree at Touro College in 2015. Prior to being appointed in Huntington, he worked as a physical education teacher at Riverview School-PS 277Q in Queens since September 2015
The Blue Devil varsity basketball team’s head coach, Mr. Ioviero has coached football at John H. Glenn, Locust Valley and Smithtown West high schools, winning county and Long Island championships along the way. He was an assistant varsity basketball coach at Half Hollow Hills East, again winning county and LI titles and reaching the state finals. He is also Huntington High School’s Unified Basketball coach.