Physical Education & Athletics

    • Athletics Highlights

      Highlights from the 2018 Baseball Championship vs. Buckley, the 2019 Track & Field Gotham Games, and the 2020 Basketball Championship game vs. St. David's

PE & Athletics at Allen-Stevenson

The Physical Education program at Allen-Stevenson develops the health and well-being of the whole child and serves as the skills foundation for our Athletics program. Our accomplished physical education staff, through the use of creative movement, modified games, and a sports education theme, provide our boys with the experiences and skills to succeed not only in athletics but in life. We strive to develop boys who are passionate about staying healthy and physically active.

At Allen-Stevenson, we believe in making the “big time where you are”… regardless of the grade level of the sport, striving to provide the finest coaching, scheduling, and facilities for its program. I feel confident in saying that we work tirelessly to provide that experience for our athletes and that the positive results our players achieve is revealed as they progress from high school to college.

Here you will find a small glimpse of our boys' athletic achievements as a result of the building blocks created by A-S.

Our program embraces the differences in each child and thus strives to expose them to a variety of athletic activities. ~ Rich Alifano, Director, Athletics/Physical Education

Explore the Athletics Department

Meet Our Department

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  • Richard Alifano - Director of Athletics & PE

    Coach Alifano has been the Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Allen-Stevenson for the past three decades. He has led the charge in advancing these departments into exemplary programs amongst our independent schools. As a coach at A-S, he has been the Varsity Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball coach, winning 7 League Championships amongst the sports.

    Beyond Allen-Stevenson, he has achieved recognition in the sport of high school basketball, where he has been awarded the Newsday Long Island Coach of the Year, Suffolk County Coach of the Year, and the New York Association of High School Basketball Class B Coach of the Year two times. 

    He received his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University and his master’s degree in education from Hofstra University.
  • Jon Burgos - PE & Athletics Instructor

    Jon Burgos began his career at Allen-Stevenson coaching wrestling for the Alligator Soup after school program while attending Hunter College. A former high school wrestler, he found his passion for coaching by working with younger children. Slowly expanding his role, Jon went on to become the Assistant Coach for Cross Country, Track and Field, and Wrestling teams for the Unicorns. He then joined the Allen-Stevenson Athletics department full-time. Jon is a member of the International Sports Sciences Association as a Certified Fitness Trainer specializing in Youth Fitness, Strength and Conditioning, and Bodybuilding. He is also a registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance. Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in English and media studies from Hunter College. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in exercise science from L.I.U Brooklyn.
  • Frank Peduto - PE & Athletics Instructor

    Frank Peduto began his career as a personal trainer for adolescents and adults. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville College in Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy and is a New York State Certified Physical Education teacher. He also holds certifications through AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and Kettlebell Conditioning Systems. Frank is the co-creator of Notthin But Sports, a popular after school sports program for the Lower School. Frank’s passion is helping students develop a lifelong love of fitness through sport and play.

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  • Billy Dransfield - Assistant Director of Athletics & PE

    Billy began coaching at Allen-Stevenson in the spring of 1999. Starting as the 5th and 6th Grade Lacrosse team coach, he currently coaches Varsity Flag Football and Lacrosse. Billy was a four-year starter in college and team MVP his sophomore year.  Billy was All-Conference goalie and nominated an All-American his senior year. Throughout his career at Allen-Stevenson, his teams have been very successful. He helped lead Varsity Lacrosse to a win in the 2001 Manhattan Private Middle School Lacrosse League, and under his coaching, the Varsity Football team won the East Side Classic against Buckley in 2009.
  • Tony D’Itri - PE & Athletics Instructor

    Tony D’Itri has been a Physical Education teacher for 17 years (13 of which have been at A-S.) He is the head coach for the Cross Country, Track and Field and Wrestling Programs. Tony began his education career very early when he taught Martial Arts in high school. He has black belts in various forms of martial arts, and has practiced for years in Krav Maga, BJJ, Aikido, TKD, Shotokan, among others. After graduating from Iona College, he went on to pursue his master’s degree in education at Manhattanville in Westchester. He is a certified personal trainer and group trainer specializing in sports performance. 

    In addition to teaching, Tony is an avid endurance athlete and has completed over 500 road races, triathlons, and obstacle course races. He has competed at a high level in Spartan Races, and raced against the very best in the sport domestically and internationally.
  • Ray Seeback - PE & Athletics Instructor

    Ray Seeback has coached the Allen-Stevenson Varsity Baseball team since 2003. He played Varsity baseball for Plainview Old-Bethpage High School and Division II hockey at Oswego State, where he was also Assistant Captain. He graduated with a master’s in physical education from Hofstra University. In addition to being an Allen-Stevenson Physical Education teacher, he is a highly successful baseball coach. He coached Varsity Baseball at Hauppauge High School and has coached Varsity Baseball at Allen-Stevenson since 2003.

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  • Brian Alifano - PE & Athletics Instructor

    Brian Alifano started at Allen Stevenson in 2017 after attending King’s College where he played on the men’s soccer team, winning two conference championships as team captain. He then went on to obtain his master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is currently working towards his Administrative Leadership certification from St. John’s University. 

    He has a U.S. Soccer Federation Coaching License and is certified in CPR and First Aid. At Allen-Stevenson, he coaches the Varsity Soccer, JV Basketball and Varsity Lacrosse teams while also teaching physical education in the Lower, Middle and Upper School.

    His favorite sports teams are Manchester United and the New York Yankees.
  • Michael DeGennaro - PE & Athletics Instructor

    Michael DeGennaro is a graduate of Queens College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Fitness and Exercise Science. He has continued his love for fitness as an educator here at Allen Stevenson. In addition to teaching Physical Education for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, Michael also coaches flag football, basketball and baseball for upper grades. As a teacher and coach, he emphasizes the idea of self-improvement. His objective is for students to know that they are competing against themselves and should strive towards being better than they were the day before. One of his favorite memories from his time at Allen-Stevenson is when, in 2018, the A-S baseball team captured the league title for the first time in 20 years! He hopes to celebrate similar milestones in the years to come.
  • Robert Wiseman - PE & Athletics Instructor

    Robert Wiseman has been teaching and coaching at Allen-Stevenson for 23 years. A graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a master in health education from Hofstra University. He coaches soccer, basketball, and baseball at A-S and has been part of several league championships.
    A former standout basketball player at Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School in Queens, NY, Rob’s wealth of knowledge has helped many alumni in their quest to play basketball beyond A-S. In addition, he has coached at St. Adalbert Catholic Academy, Shooting Stars AAU, and at the McClancy Girls H.S. Basketball Camp.

Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.

The Allen-Stevenson School actively seeks to forward the equity and diversity of our community in our admissions, programs and hiring. The Allen-Stevenson School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, ethnicity or any other characteristic protected by local, state and federal law. The Allen-Stevenson School actively seeks diversity in its faculty and student body.