Farmer named Section VII AD of the year

— Saranac Lake Athletic Director Mark Farmer has been named the Section VII Athletic Administrator of the Year.

Each year, the New York State Athletic Administrators Association honors a member from each of the 11 sections at their Saratoga Conference.

Farmer, who is a Saranac Lake alum and has been a teacher and Dean of Students at the school, said there has been a lot to be proud of in the Red Storm athletic program.

“We were very proud of all our teams,” Farmer said. “We were well represented by our Nordic and Alpine ski teams at the State Championships in Lake Placid as well as our Indoor Track Team at Cornell. It goes without saying that our Boys Hockey Team making it to the Final Four in Utica was the crowning achievement of the winter.”

In the fall, the Red Storm football team captured the Class C title.

“We have great support among our administration, school board, faculty, students and community for all of our athletics and extra curricular activities,” Farmer said. “Saranac Lake is a great place for kids.”

Farmer himself was a three-sport athlete for Saranac Lake, competing in football, hockey and baseball (he was a defensemen for the Cortland State hockey team in college).

Since being hired in 1989, Farmer has coached JV Football, Varsity Football, Boys Hockey, Girls Hockey and JV Softball. His teams have won league, sectional and regional titles. His team reached the State semi-finals in 2009.

Farmer is also a member of the Saranac Lake High School Hall of Fame.

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