- Cheltenham School District
Suni Blackwell Named Cheltenham’s Coordinator of Athletics and Activities
A three-sport student-athlete at Chester (Pa.) High School and varsity men’s basketball player at West Chester University (WCU), Suni Blackwell has been named the coordinator of athletics and activities at Cheltenham High School. After being approved for hire at the January Cheltenham School District Legislative meeting, Blackwell began his tenure on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Blackwell assumes the reins of the 25-sport athletics program that competes in the Suburban One League American Conference. He will also oversee Cheltenham High School’s student groups.
“I am humbled and honored for this opportunity to lead Cheltenham’s athletics and activities programs,” Blackwell said. “Together, we will provide our student-athletes and leaders with the highest quality academic, athletic and social experiences. Our athletic and activity programs will be a tool used to teach life lessons and develop the whole student in and out of the classroom. The Cheltenham High School athletics programs will continue to grow and compete at a high level.”
For more than four years starting in 2015, Blackwell served as the director of wellness, athletics and recreation at Delaware County Community College (DCCC) in Media, Pa., where he was responsible for the oversight and management of the college’s eight intercollegiate sports.
Under Blackwell’s leadership, the Phantoms thrived in the classroom and on the field. During his tenure, nine student-athletes were named to the national junior college all-academic team, twenty-nine earned conference all-academic accolades and ninety-eight made DCCC’s honor roll. During Blackwell’s tenure, DCCC totaled one national all-American, eight all-region selections and seventeen all-conference selections, and claimed three national qualifiers in Golf and one in women’s track and field. Two DCCC coaches earned league co-coach of the year honors, and nine Phantoms moved on from the junior college ranks to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Prior to his tenure at DCCC, Blackwell served as the dean of students and director of athletics at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, where he created the school’s discipline system and athletics program. He’s also held coaching positions at his alma mater Chester High School and Drew University in Madison, N.J.
As a collegian, Blackwell was a two-time WCU Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year and helped lead the Rams to two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships and two berths in the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball tournament.
Blackwell earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from WCU and a Master of Education degree from Temple University.