Mr. Charley Kiss, Athletic and Activities Director/Title IX CoordinatorCharley was born at McKeesport Hospital and grew up in upper Versailles Boro. As a 1998 graduate of McKeesport Area High School, Charley completed his high school career with academic honors and is most proud of setting and achieving the goal of perfect attendance after his junior school year. He was a member of the honor roll throughout his high school career.
Charley was no stranger to the Athletic Department during his years at MAHS. He played three sports for four years for the Tigers. He was a starting outfielder for the baseball team for four years and was WPIAL AAAA 1st team All-Conference Outfield at the end of the 1998 season. He began his basketball playing days with the school’s freshmen team and then the junior varsity team as a sophomore. He started for the varsity basketball team as a junior playing the point guard position. His senior basketball season was hampered by an ankle injury but the team was able to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs. In football, Charley’s playing career took a similar path to basketball where he played on the freshmen and JV teams. As a junior, he started several games and appeared in several others at quarterback and was the full time starting quarterback for Coach George Smith during the 1997 season. They finished with a 6-4 record. Charley was able to receive the honor of WPIAL All-Conference 2nd team Quarterback out of a conference that included Central Catholic, Penn Hills, Gateway, Plum, Kiski, Franklin Regional and Fox Chapel.
In the fall of 1998, Charley enrolled in Saint Vincent College, in Latrobe, PA, on a partial baseball scholarship. He was a four year starter for the Bearcats in the highly competitive NAIA Division II American Mideast Conference. He became all-conference as a sophomore in the spring of 2000. He graduated from Saint Vincent College in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Business Administration Management. He also has a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from California University of Pennsylvania.
The 2016-2017 school year will be Charley's 13th year as Athletic Director. He has been recently appointed an additional title as the district's Title IX Coordinator in charge of the district's compliance with Title IX. He is a member of the District 7 (WPIAL) Athletic Director's Association, The Pennsylvania State Athletic Director's Association (PSADA), The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator's Association (NIAAA) and a member of the WPIAL Football Steering Committee.Charley is most proud of the relationships that have been built with adults and students. The most gratifying moments are being able to watch shy and timid freshmen become determined and respectful graduates.
Once a Tiger...Always a Tiger!
Charley and his wife, Jill, a school teacher in Plum Borough School District, reside in Plum Borough with their children: little boy Cameron (4) and Carlee who was born on March 14, 2014.