All Buffalo coaching personnel are required to be certified in accordance with NYSPHSAA standards. As per state mandates, all coaches employed in our district are certified in CPR, First Aid and AED. In accordance with state mandates, Buffalo Athletics will always look to find qualified, certified educators to fill coaching assignments. If such a qualified educator is not available, the district may appoint a non-certified teacher as a coach. In addition to the NYSED requirements listed below, all Buffalo coaches must complete a Buffalo Police Department background check.


    • Each coach is responsible for guiding his/her student-athletes through practices, scrimmages and games appropriate for their age and level of play. These activities are conducted so that the physical welfare, health, and safety of the participants are protected and fostered. The coach is responsible for teaching each athlete: competition rules, sport specific development skills, moral values, sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play, in accordance with school philosophy. All activities should always be conducted in an appropriate educational environment. It is the responsibility of each individual coach to maintain their NY State coaching certification and mandated updates. Failure to do so can lead to the loss of a coaching position for that particular season.