Penfield Patriots Soccer - Excellence Since 1949
About Us
Staff:  John Cotsonas, Varsity Coach....Kevin Quinn, Varsity Assistant....JV Coach Dugan Terwilliger....Don Sica, Freshmen....Wayne Smith, Jr. High....Chris Grayeski, Jr. High.....Pete Shambo, Director of Athletics
Section V Champions: 1949, 1952, 1955, 1958, 1966, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010
Western Regional  Champs: 1988-89-90-91-94-99-2001-02-04
New York State Champions2001, 2002, 2004
16-Time Winners of the Monroe County Public Schools Athletic Association Referees Sportsmanship Award
 Location: High School Drive, Penfield, New York  14526
Athletic Office Phone: 585-249-6733
Back in the 1990's........there was a "Section V Team of the Decade" announced for the 1990 through 1999 seasons, and six Chiefs players were selected: Todd Morris '92 was a two-time All-State midfielder and four-time Section V Champion who went on to play D1 soccer at Richmond.....Rick Zinter '99 was an All-State keeper who set the record for Monroe County's single season goals-against average with a miniscule 0.16 before heading off to Division 1 Rutgers.....Mike Cellura '95 was an All-America who set the Penfield seasonal goals record with 27 in 1994 before going on to Siena's D1 program.....Joe Mercik '93 was twice All-State in the PHS midfield before joining the Buffalo Bulls Division 1 program and being signed by the Rochester Rhinos.....Scott Drechsler '98 was All-State in his junior and senior seasons as he set the Penfield assists record on his way to D1 Niagara University.....Noah Simon '93 was an All-State sweeper for the Chiefs who led us to 45 shutouts in his 3 seasons.  He went on to Gettysburg College and conference player of the year honors. These six Penfield greats collected a total of 10 Section V Championship patches in their careers.
From 1954 through 1984 George Steitz led Penfield to 408 wins and 6 sectional crowns. Coach John Butterworth's teams accumulated 384 victories and 11 Section V championships to go with state titles in 2001, 2002, and 2004. The era of Steitz-Butterworth reached an amazing 59 years.  Butterworth served as the JV coach as well as varsity assistant to his mentor before taking over for Coach Steitz prior to the 1985 season.  Assistant coach Dave Heise was a strong presence alongside both head coaches from the fall of 1977 through 2010, when he retired.  Coach Heise  tutored the goaltenders for three decades and was responsible for making Penfield the first program in the state to regularly use video both for training sessions and for matches. New Varsity Coach John Cotsonas is in his 21st season at PHS and varsity assistant Tim Graves is in his 20th year at Penfield.
DID YOU KNOW........for the first time in memory, one player led all of Monroe County in both goals scored and in assists---it was Penfield's Alex Swanger with 19 goals and 13 assists in 2010.......that Steve Reynolds '71, who was a heckuva player for the Chiefs before going on to Colgate University, went down in Penfield lore as the guy who scooped up a ball with his hands, ran toward the Irondequoit net in a 1970 match while stopping for Heisman Trophy poses, and threw the ball into the goal.  He was immediately red-carded and ejected in the 4-0 win, saying "I always wanted to do that." ..........that Penfield was ranked #2 in the USA during the 1997 season, our highest-ever national ranking........that Coach Butterworth's first season at PHS, 1976,  his JV team was 14-0-0 and Coach Steitz's varsity won the Section V Championship........that in a 1976 match against Brighton, Penfield goalie Bobby Thompson  shut out the Barons AND scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 win! Coach Steitz used to push Thompson up on corner kicks because of his athletic ability and bring in backup Buddy Germuga to man the nets........that Penfield's best all-time regular season goals-against average is a microscopic 0.16, set by goalkeeper Ricky Zinter and the stout defending corps of the 1998 team........that the school record for goals in a season is the 27 scored by Mike Cellura during the 1994 season........that the team record for career goals is 55 by Jamarr Miller, recorded from 2001 through 2004.......that Todd Morris is the only player in Section V history to have been on 4 large schools sectional championship teams--PHS captured the 1988-89-90-91 titles during his four varsity seasons.  He also scored 18 goals as an 8th-grader on the JV team.......that in Coach Butterworth's 28 varsity seasons Penfield was in the Section V Championship game 14 times, going 11-3 in title matches.  The Patriots are unbeaten in three New York State Championship contests........that the Section V Champs of 1991 had an amazing 16 shutouts, including 8 in a row.  At one point they played approximately 13 consecutive hours without allowing a goal.......that Penfield has had 6 different seasons in which they closed out the year ranked in the top 25 in the country........that Coach Steitz and Coach Butterworth are the only coaches from the same sport at the same school to be recognized in the Frontier Field Walk of Fame........
Penfield's All-Greater Rochester History:
2011:  Dan Lynd, Paul Lentine
2010: Alex Swanger(AGR Player of the Year), Eric DeHond
2009: Steve Mounnarat
2004: Jamarr Miller, Brian Usinger(Jamarr and BU were AGR co-Players of the Year)
2003: Mike Lentine, Jamarr Miller
2002: Brian Annechino, Brian Usinger
2001: Mariel Lako, Josh Bolton, Taylor Smith, Coach Butterworth(AGR Coach of the Year)
2000: Josh Bolton, Charlie Bour
1999: Charlie Bour, Matt Elliott
1998: Ricky Zinter
1997: Scott Drechsler, Bala Iyer
1996: Scott Drechsler
1995: Peter Lauffer, Mark Allen
1994: Mike Cellura (AGR Player of the Year), Geoff German, Coach Butterworth(AGR Coach of the Year)
1992: Noah Simon
1991: Todd Morris, Dan Clementi
1990: Tom Gallagher, Todd Morris
1989: Jack Elliot
1988: Jack Elliot, Coach Butterworth(AGR Coach of the Year)
1987: Jason Thomas
Patriots News and Updates: Coach Steitz refereed modified level soccer matches last fall at age 92.........Coach John Cotsonas is Penfield's all-time winningest junior varsity coach.....The Patriots thank former assistant Coach Alissa Vanmulem Ingerick for her phenomenal contributions to the program from 2001-2008.  She is now a veteran teacher in Fairport.  Alissa also has two little boys who keep her awfully busy....
For Section V soccer information, including history, statistics, and schedules, go to   
"The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done." 
---Arnold Palmer
"When you lose, don't lose the lesson...." -- Dalai Lama
For decades the Penfield High School nickname was "The Chiefs."  The name "Patriots" replaced Chiefs in the fall of 2001.
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