June 16, 2016—For the last three years, the Cohoes football program has operated without a junior varsity (JV) squad. Dwindling interest from student athletes and consistently low participation rates has resulted in running a modified team for 7th and 8th graders, and a varsity team for students in grades 9-12, since 2013.
In the 2016-17, the football program will forgo having a varsity team. With too few varsity football players to field a complete team, the athletic director recommended to the district’s athletic committee that Cohoes run a modified and JV program only in the upcoming school year.
“This decision was not made lightly,” said Athletic Director Tom Kostrzebski, “Careful consideration for our athletes’ safety and the physical demands of performing on the varsity level was taken into account.”
According to Mr. Kostrzebski, “25 players made up of mostly upperclassmen is a minimum to keep a varsity program running. With only 14 potential upperclassmen on the roster, there would be a team largely made up of younger players with minimal high school football experience. This was a concern.”
The decision impacts 11 incoming seniors and 3
incoming juniors who were on the team in the 2015-16 school year.