Jerry Baldelli 2016^


Frontier Central Schools / Section VI


Jerry Baldelli is a 1956 graduate of Lackawanna High School.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University at Buffalo in 1961 and a master’s degree in Education from Canisius College in 1966.  Jerry also holds School District Administrative Certification (1973) from Niagara University. 

During the early to late 60’s, Jerry coached three varsity sports (basketball, volleyball, and tennis) for Frontier Central High School. 

Jerry proudly served Section VI for 46 years in many different capacities and at many levels. 

In the winter of 1970, immediately preceding the sectional basketball playoffs, Jerry became a member of the Section VI Basketball Committee.  Soon thereafter, Jerry became the Section VI Basketball Chairman and served in that capacity for six years followed by 14 more years as assistant basketball chairman.  In 1975, he was chosen Section VI Principals’ Representative to the NYSPHSAA Central Committee and he retained that position for 10 years.  In 1985, he was   appointed chairman of the Extended Eligibility Committee along with representatives throughout the Section.  He remained chairman for 31 years, only to recently step down from the position in June 2016. 

During his career, Jerry also served as the President of the Erie County Interscholastic Conference (6 years), Frontier Central Schools Junior High and Senior High Principal (2 years and 11 years respectively), Frontier Central Schools Assistant Superintendent/Personnel Services (13 years), President of the Erie County Principals’ Association (2 years), and was a member of the Task Force on Athletics for the City of Buffalo Schools (2 years). 

Jerry was a member of  the National Association of Secondary School Principals (13 years), the Association of School Personnel Administrators of New York State (13 years), the School Administrators Association of New York State (13 years), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (13 years), the Erie County Principals’ Association (13 years), and the Western New York Association of School Personnel Administrators (13 years).  

Jerry is a Wall of Fame Inductee at Frontier Central High School for Contributions to/Support of the Athletic Program and Lackawanna High School for the Distinguished Alumni Award.  He is recipient of the Service to Youth Award (Town of Hamburg), Outstanding Commitment to Interscholastic Athletics in New York State Award (NYSAAA), Outstanding Young Educator Award (Hamburg Junior Chamber of Commerce), Erie County Superintendents’ Award of Appreciation for Dedication to Athletics, Erie County Interscholastic Athletic Conference President’s Award, Erie County High School Principals’ Association Service Award, Section VI Service Award, and the Michael Dundon Award for  Contribution to the Success of Youth in the Town of Hamburg. 

At the end of his service to Section VI, Jerry expressed the following: “...words fall short when attempting to describe the stimulating experiences and remarkable  people I have encountered over the past 4 1/2 decades.  Other than serving our Creator and our country, I am convinced there is no greater calling than to serve young people.  It has been both a tribute and an honor to do so.” 

Jerry currently resides in Lake View, New York with his wife Marie.  He has 2 sons, Gerald Jr. and Mark, and 2 daughters, Carla Williams and Elizabeth Hanley.  He is an active member in his church and community.

 We unfortunately just learned of Mr. Baldelli's passing at end of December 2020 at home peacefully with his family.