- Cheltenham School District
John Seman Named Director of Athletics and Activities at CHS
With more than 10 years of experience in interscholastic athletic administration, John Seman has been named the director of athletics and activities at Cheltenham High School. Seman assumes the reins of the 24-sport athletics program that competes in the Suburban One League American Conference, and will oversee Cheltenham High School’s more than 60 student clubs and activities.
“I aspire to provide our students with opportunities to grow socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally while reinforcing high expectations for academic excellence, sportsmanship, and commitment,” said Seman, a certified athletic administrator (CAA). “We will strive to provide experiences that will lead to productive and meaningful lives, including preparing our students for their next level, whatever that may be.”
For the past six years, Seman served as the director of athletics for ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania, overseeing more than 5,000 students in athletics programs at Olney High School (PIAA 6A, District 12), Antonia Pantoja Charter (grades K-8), John B. Stetson Charter (grades 5-8) and Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter (grades K-8). In that position, Seman was responsible for budgeting, transportation, scheduling, professional development, adherence to PIAA rules and mandates, contest management, evaluating coaches, facility management, and capital projects, among others.
Seman served as the lead administrator on numerous projects to support student involvement in athletics, including a gym floor renovation at Olney; gym renovation at Stetson; concussion handbook; COVID-19 return to play athletics handbook; and Olney’s athletic handbook.
During his athletic director tenure, Seman won the 2017 Metropolitan Philadelphia Athletic Association Athletic Director of the Year award, was named a sports “Under 40” award recipient by “Coach & Athletic Director” magazine, and published the article “Leading through Learning” in “Coach & Athletic Director.”
Before being named athletic director for ASPIRA, Seman was the K-8 health and physical education senior lead educator from 2015-2016 at ASPIRA’s Antonia Pantoja Charter (grades K-8), John B. Stetson Charter (grades 5-8), and Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter (grades K-8). He started at ASPIRA in 2010 and spent five years as the health and physical education educator at John B. Stetson Charter.
Seman, who resides in the Lexington Park section of Northeast Philadelphia with his family, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg in 2008 and completed an M.Ed. in education from Cabrini in 2015.