Wayne Shierant

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George Curry and Jim Roth! – They are the two area coaches we would have to use to compare Wayne Shierant’s career winning percentage, with all winning over 80% of their games. Shierant, in 15 years as the head football coach at West Islip, New York, has maintained an .805 winning percentage. He has posted a 112-26-3 record from 1981-1995 and had his team in playoffs for 14 out of the 15 years at the helm. He has guided the Long Island team to 7 League Titles, One Conference Championship, 4 Big Four Championships, two Division County Championships, two Suffolk County Championships, symbolized by the Rutgers Trophy, one Long Island Runner-up trophy and one Long Island Class II Championship.

At West Islip, Shierant registered two undefeated seasons in 1985 (10-0) and 1994 (11-0). He has the most wins of any coach in West Islip history and had two winning streaks of 19 (1985-86) (1994-95). On a personal note, Wayne has been named League Coach of the Year on 6 different occasions, was the Suffolk Count Coach of the Year following the 1985 and 1994 seasons, and was named the Bay Shore Moose Lodge – Man of the Year in 1994. Sheirant culminated his career by being named to the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and was added to the New York State Century Club by virtue of his 100 Plus Varsity wins.

Wayne began his football career as a halfback for coach Joe Jazz Diminick in the 60’s. He would lead the 1964 team in rushing with 595 yards and a 6.6 yard average and would rack up 983 all-purpose yards. He went on to Sterling College, where he became a four-year starter at wide receiver and led the ’69 Kansas College Athletic Championship team with 38 receptions.

He would earn a Bachelor of Science Degree from Sterling in December of 1969 and would follow that up with a Master of Arts Degree from Adelphi University in 1975. In May of 1990, he added a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration from Long Island University. He is currently the Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Health and Recreation at West Islip. He is the President of the Suffolk County Athletic Directors Association and 1st Vice President of the Section XI Executive Board. He also serves on the Administrative Staff of the Boomer Esiason Empire Challenge Football Game between Long Island and New York City. Wayne is the father of three children: Simeon, Jessica, and Jonah. He currently resides in Westhampton, NY with his wife, Cindy.

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