Athletics Department

Welcome to Jamestown Athletics…

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Ben Drake, Director of Athletics

Phone number:  716-483-4378

Ben Drake, Athletic Director

J.H.S. has a proud tradition of athletic excellence and 2014 has been a special year!  Our football team recently won the 2014 NYS Class AA State Championship (their 4th state championship)!  Our boys’ basketball team advanced to the NYSPHSAA state championship game in 2014 and 2011 and has won 12 sectional championship and 15 league championship in school history. The girls’ basketball program also won it’s 6th sectional championship in 2014. Other varsity sports include baseball, wrestling, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls golf, boys and girls indoor track, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls track & field, boys and girls bowling, softball, and girls volleyball.

Our young athletes are able to develop their skills by competing on the modified level in 7th and 8th grade at our three middle schools (Jefferson, Persell, and Washington). These student-athletes are able to play on the following teams: boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, girls volleyball, softball, and wrestling.
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Ben Drake, Athletic Director
Mr. Drake is a former Red Raider who graduated from J.H.S. in 1990. He then attended SUNY Brockport, earning a B.S. in Physical Education, a Masters degree in Athletic Administration and his Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration. He was an Academic All-American basketball player and was inducted into the Golden Eagle Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. After coming to J.H.S. as a P.E. teacher 1998, he spent 4 years as an assistant principal at J.H.S. before being named the district’s athletic director in 2004. He is also entering his 18th year as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at J.H.S. where he has won 300 career games. He lives in Jamestown with his wife, Karen, and 5 children: Morgan, Marley, Trey, Micah, and Avery.


Jamestown is proud to boast one of the premier athletic facilities in all of New York State. The football and track teams compete at Strider Field, complete with artificial turf and 8-lane all-weather track. The facility also includes an updated scoreboard, concession stand, bleachers, and press box. In the last decade, we have added an athletic field house and beautiful soccer, baseball, softball, and practice fields at our athletic complex at Jefferson Middle School as well. Jamestown High School is the home of the Red Raider basketball teams, who compete at James McElrath Gymnasium, also known as “The Mac,” one of the best gyms in Western New York. J.H.S. has also expanded its weight room with state-of-the-art equipment for its student-athletes, a new wrestling room, new tennis courts, and updates to the pool, allowing our student-athletes to enjoy the best facilities and training equipment around.