Alyssa Di Fabio is moving up to take the lead coaching position for the Shenendehowa High School girls' swimming and diving team.
Di Fabio will be replacing Sandy Stanislowsky, who spent the last four years as the Plainsmen's head coach before stepping away. Di Fabio served as Stanislowsky's assistant over that four-year span.
"I am over the moon right now," Di Fabio said of her new position. "It's a great program with a great group of girls. I am excited to take over these girls."
Di Fabio worked with 7th and 8th-grade girls and boys this past winter as the head coach of Shenendehowa's newly-formed modified swim program, after assisting Stanislowsky with the varsity girls in the fall.
"She did the modified kids and did a great job with that. She did a great job with me," Stanislowsky said of the former Saratoga High School swimmer. "She knows her stuff. They're in good hands."
Di Fabio has been a coach with the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Piranhas swim club for the past eight years to go with her high school mentoring duties.
"I want the girls to work hard, learn lessons, and grow as individuals, as students and as athletes," Di Fabio said. "I want them to take things away from here and be able to apply them wherever the future takes them."
Shenendehowa for many years has been among Section II's elite teams, and posted a 34-3-1 dual meet record under Stanislowsky.
"There's no pressure," Di Fabio said of taking over a team that's won six Section II titles and logged six unbeaten dual meet seasons since 2008. "If it was my first year with the program, maybe I'd feel that way, but I've been a part of it for four years. I am comfortable and I have a great support staff. It's a great group of people to work with."
Last season with a lineup of mostly underclassmen, Shenendehowa went 8-0-1 in dual meets and placed second to Bethlehem at the Section II Division 1 meet. Shenendehowa's 2018 squad went 9-1 in duals, won the Section II large-school team championship and finished No. 1 in the state rankings.
"What she [Stanislowsky] has done in the sport of swimming is phenomenal," Di Fabio said. "I've gained so much from her, and if I need something, I know she'll be there for me."
Stanislowsky's 46-year coaching career included stints at Attica, Saratoga and Ballston Spa high schools, as well as Skidmore College, and for several years she served as the Section II girls' swimming and diving coordinator.
In the 2016-17 school year. Stanislowsky turned in a unique double when she led the Shenendehowa girls in the fall season, and afterward, directed the Ballston Spa boys' team in the winter season. She ended a lengthy run with the Ballston Spa program after that season.
"I've been at it a long time," the Ballston Spa graduate said. "I feel fortunate that I've been able to work with so many great people over the years,"