ANDREAS "ERNIE" MODUGNO
Athletic Director/Activities Coordinator
Ernie Modugno is beginning his 32nd year as the Athletic Director and Activities Coordinator at Naples High School. Ernie came to NHS in 1981, working as a Youth and Public Relations Deputy (YRD) with the Collier County Sheriff’s Department. In 1983, he became Naples High School’s first ever varsity soccer coach. Ernie also coached tennis and was an assistant in the Golden Eagle football program. After obtaining his teaching certification in 1985 and teaching at NHS, he was named Florida’s American History Teacher of the Year in 1988. During Ernie’s tenure as the athletic director at Naples High School, Golden Eagle athletic teams have achieved 168 District Championships, 61 Region Championships, 36 State Championships and two National Championships. Naples High School is regularly recognized among the top public high school athletic programs in Florida and in 2009 ESPN ranked NHS as the #16 best high school athletic program in the United States and the # 1 program among all schools (public and private) in the State of Florida. Since Ernie became the AD in 1988, over 400 Naples High School student-athletes have gone on to participate in athletics at the collegiate level and numerous NHS coaches in a variety of sports have earned local, state and even national recognition. Ernie has been active in the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (FIAAA) and from 2006-2009 he served as a Board Member on the Florida High School Athletic Association’s (FHSAA) Board of Directors. In 2019 he was inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame. Ernie has earned B.A.’s in both history and education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, all from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
Assistant Athletic Director/Activities Coordinator
The new Assistant Athletic Director/Activities Coordinator at Naples High School is Chris Bettridge. He replaces Bob Bowe who retired from CCPS in July, 2018.
Chris has been a math, science and engineering teacher at Naples High School since 2013. Before that he taught physics and math at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School. Chris was also the Head Wrestling Coach at NHS from 2009-2013. And for the past five years, he has been an assistant coach in the Golden Eagle wrestling program.
Chris grew up in Michigan where he lettered in football, wrestling and track at Lake Orion High School. After high school, he wrestled at Muskegon Community College in Rochester, Minnesota. Chris also began his high school wrestling coaching career in Minnesota, first as an assistant coach and then as a head coach, quickly developing a struggling program into both District and Region Champions.
After graduating in 2008 with a B.S. in History from Oakland University in Rochester, Minnesota, Chris moved to Naples to teach and coach. Chris has teaching certifications in Math, Science, CTE and Social Studies. This school year he will be teaching Principles of Engineering, physics and physical science. Chris and his wife Kelly (also a teacher at Naples HS) have two lovely children: Hannah age 7 and Carys age 4. Chris is excited about the new school year and he is looking forward to using his athletic and administrative skill set to support the athletic and activities programs at Naples High School.
Athletic /Activities Office Assistant
Trish Hendry is beginning her fourteenth year at Naples High School as the athletic/activities office assistant. She works with coaches, club and class sponsors, and student-athletes and their parents to provide the best possible support and service for all. Her duties are varied, but include: preparing and maintaining the online eligibility database for all NHS athletes, processing all athletic and non-athletic, extra and co-curricular transportation requests for coaches and sponsors (school buses, charter buses and activity vans), preparing and maintaining accurate and up-to-date sports rosters for all sports teams, maintaining accurate and up-to-date physical, insurance, academic eligibility and parent consent information for all student-athletes, processing all reserved seat season ticket sales every football season, preparing game-day programs for non-football sports teams, preparing all athletic awards (letters, pins, plaques, and certificates, etc.) for all NHS sports teams. She also assists in the coordination of all school facilities usage. Trish’s daughter, Tori, age 26, is a graduate of Naples High School and Florida State University. Trish is proud to be a part of the Golden Eagle family and is looking forward to yet another exciting year of Naples High School athletics and activities!