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10/12/15 - Welcome our new Athletic Director, Peter Scarpelli
Peter Scarpelli, who has 17 years experience coaching high school athletics and has spent the last 15 years leading Amador Valley’s successful track and field program as a coach, began his tenure as Dublin High School’s new Athletic Director last week. “I am elated to have the opportunity to join a school such as Dublin High,” Scarpelli said. “Seeing first-hand how the district and community values not only education, but the athletic program makes this a great opportunity.” Principal Carol Shimizu said Scarpelli’s experience will be put to good use in the Dublin High athletic department. “He brings 12 years of successful coaching in the EBAL, in addition to his expertise as a health and fitness instructor,” Shimizu said. “We are thrilled to have Peter on staff at Dublin High. He will be an excellent Athletic Director.” This is Scarpelli’s first stint as an athletic director, but his long experience coaching in the East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) will greatly aid Dublin High as the Gaels transition to the EBAL at the start of the 2016-17 season. “Transition is never easy and there will be some growing pains,” Scarpelli said. “But with the continued support of the administration, district, staff, coaches, parents and athletes, I feel strongly that we can build an athletic program that continues to make the City of Dublin proud.”
Scarpelli began his coaching career at Clayton Valley High School, but has coached and taught for the last 15 years at Amador Valley. He took over as the head track coach 12 years ago (also spending six years as the cross country coach), leading the program to East Bay Athletic League titles in 2012, 2013 and 2015, NCS Area Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and NCS Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Born in West Islip, New York, Scarpelli grew up in San Rafael, having moved to California as a young boy.
Scarpelli graduated from Terra Linda High in 1986 and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sacramento State. Scarpelli initially went to work in his family’s printing business before his first experience coaching young athletes compelled him to earn his teaching credential. “From the first day I started coaching and working with kids, I knew that is where I wanted to be,” Scarpelli said. Scarpelli taught physical education in the Mt. Diablo School District and middle school in Lafayette before he began teaching and coaching at Amador. Scarpelli oversees a growing Dublin High athletic department, which includes 22 sports at the varsity, junior varsity and frosh levels and now includes more than 900 student-athletes.