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East High School's Sue Cornelius named PIAA 2019 Region I Athletic Director of the Year

East High School Athletic Director Sue Cornelius East High School Athletic Director Sue Cornelius

West Chester East High School athletic director, Sue Cornelius has been named the 2019 Region I Athletic Director of the Year by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Ms. Cornelius is a graduate of West Chester East High School, West Chester University, and Immaculata University. In 2009, she earned the Certified Athletic Administrator designation from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Ms. Cornelius has been with the West Chester Area School District for 33 years. She began her career as a health and physical educator at Stetson Middle School. From 1979-2004, she coached field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, softball, and volleyball at the high school and middle school levels. In 2004, she became East High School's athletic director.

"I've loved sports my whole life," said Cornelius. "I was going to play field hockey and lacrosse at West Chester, but I dislocated my knee, so I went into coaching."

In addition to her role as East's athletic director, Ms. Cornelius has spent the past six years serving on the PIAA District I Committee. She has also held the title of PIAA District I Girls Lacrosse Chairperson for the last ten years, as well as the PIAA District I girls Lacrosse Tabulator for the previous three years.

Throughout her professional career, Ms. Cornelius's passion has been to provide the best academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes.

"I enjoy kids. I like to see them experience success when they work hard to get there. It means a lot to me," said Cornelius.

Click here to view a video interview with Ms. Cornelius about her thoughts on her students, her career, and what the award means to her.