Ohio was extremely well-represented at this year’s NIAAA National Athletic Directors’ Conference in Anaheim, California on December 14-17, 2013.  There were 34 athletic administrators from the Buckeye State along with Dr. Dan Ross and Jerry Snodgrass of the OHSAA in attendance during a beautiful (75+ degrees!) four days in the “Golden State”.

There were several of our Ohio people who were involved with national presentations of Leadership Training Courses in Anaheim.  Teaching classes this year were Dave Bell, Ray Ebersole, Glen Gillespie, Jon Payne and Jeff Kurtz.  National co-chair for LTC 723, Bruce Brown, also helped with that course’s presentation.

Many of our members are part of national committees and attended meetings for their group throughout the conference:  Tom Barone (Avon Lake HS)—Credentials Committee, Bruce Brown (Uniontown Lake HS)—Certification Committee and Coaches Education Committee, Ray Ebersole (Hudson HS)—Sports Turf Committee, Tim Erickson (Ottawa Hills HS)—New LTC Course Development Committee, Glen Gillespie (ret, Sylvania Southview HS)—Publications Committee, Paul Moses (Strongsville HS)—Certification Committee, Tom Nerl (Mariemont HS)—Hall of Fame Committee, and Matt Shomper (Tippecanoe HS)—Certification Committee.

Additionally, three of our members presented national workshops to the 1,500 attendees at this year’s conference:  Bruce Brown, Uniontown Lake HS (“Evaluating Coaches”), Phil Poggi, Kings HS (“Promoting Multi-sport Participation”) and Jeff Harrison, Medina HS (“Working with your Booster Club”).

Phil Poggi (Kings HS) presents at National Conference in Anaheim
Phil Poggi (Kings HS) presents at National Conference in Anaheim
Jeff Harrison (Medina HS) presents at National Conference in Anaheim
Jeff Harrison (Medina HS) presents at National Conference in Anaheim













Paul Moses:  2013 Recipient of the NIAAA “Distinguished Service Award”:

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Paul Moses (Strongsville High School) receives NIAAA Distinguished Service Award from NIAAA President, Phil Rison (L) and NIAAA Executive Director, Bruce Whitehead


After graduating from Concordia (Illinois) College with dual teaching certifications in business education and physical education, Paul Moses, CMAA, began an influential career in education.Combined with teaching and coaching football and wrestling, Moses began his role as an athletic director 27 years ago, culminating with his current position as athletic director of Strongsville (Ohio) City Schools, where he oversees 55 athletic teams.

Moses is a member of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NEOIAAA), and has served as a representative and member of the executive committees for both groups. Moses is past president of the NEOIAAA and he has also been a member of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators’ State Athletic Advisory Council.

Moses has served on the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s (OHSAA) Blue Ribbon “Length of Seasons” Committee as well as the State Soccer Advisory Committee. He has also been host to a number of OHSAA sub-state tournaments, including basketball, wrestling and track. Currently, he is a tournament manager in Northeast Ohio for volleyball and baseball.

In 2011, Moses was selected NEOIAAA Athletic Director of the Year, and he has been honored with the OIAAA/NEOIAAA Distinguished Service Award (2010) and Award of Merit (2005).

Through the NIAAA, Moses has taught several Leadership Training Institute courses, been a workshop speaker and served as a CAA exam administrator. He is a member of the NIAAA Certification Committee and was recently named as Ohio’s NIAAA State Certification Coordinator. Moses has also been an instructor for the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course.

Moses earned his master’s degrees from Cleveland (Ohio) State University and Ashland (Ohio) University. In 1995 and 1997, his school district received national interscholastic athletic recognition with the WAVE grant award.

Tim Flannery:  2013 Inductee into NIAAA “Hall of Fame”:

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Ohio contingent with national award winners: Tim Flannery (Hall of Fame inductee), Paul Moses (Distinguished Service Award

Even though he had enjoyed a highly successful career as a high school athletic administrator during his 30 years in Ohio, Tim Flannery’s, CMAA, career was only beginning when he joined the staff of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 1998. During his first nine years on the NFHS staff, Flannery was director of the NFHS Coaches Association and editor of the NFHS Soccer Rules Book. He also was in charge of the NFHS Officials Association for two years and editor of the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Book for three years.

But in his remarkable career, Flannery saved the best for last. In 2007, he was responsible for starting the NFHS Coach Education Program – and six years later he has built one of the most successful programs in the 94-year history of the organization.

As a result of this professional development program for coaches featuring online courses, the profession of interscholastic coaching is being transformed. Starting with two core courses – Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches – Flannery has led the growth of the program that now features 34 courses.

In addition to the two core courses, 14 sport-specific courses have been created, along with 14 free courses and four elective courses. Almost two millions courses have been taken by coaches, administrators, parents and others, including about 1.2 million who have taken the free Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know course. Many NFHS-member state associations require all new coaches to take the Fundamentals of Coaching course, and the majority require coaches to take the Concussion course.

In 2009, Flannery led the development of the NFHS Coach Certification Program to help coaches minimize the inherent risks faced by participating students, to improve the sport experience of participating students and develop a sense of personal and professional accomplishment. The NFHS Coach Education Program is the only training program specifically for interscholastic coaches.

Flannery was influential in forming the USA Coaching Coalition in 2001, which was started to promote coaching education as a means of improving the sport experience for participants. In addition to the NFHS, other members are the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Prior to joining the NFHS staff in 1998, Flannery was director of athletics of the North Olmsted (Ohio) City Schools for 15 years. He was responsible for 21 varsity sports at the high school level and 10 middle school sports.

Among his accomplishments at North Olmsted, Flannery formed an all-sports boosters club, established a new teacher mentoring program, developed a coaches in-service day, organized the building of an all-weather track with private money, and planned, organized and compiled a handbook for parents and athletes.

During his stint at North Olmsted, Flannery was president of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and was elected to the NIAAA Board of Directors. In 1995, he was elected president of the NIAAA, during which time he started the development of Leadership Training Course 501, which was the foundation of the Leadership Training Program.

Flannery, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cleveland State University, has received countless honors, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration Distinguished Service Award in 1989, the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1993, NFHS Citation in 1996 and the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 1998. He was inducted into the OIAAA Hall of Fame in 2001 and the NASPE Sport Hall of Fame in 2012.

In December of 2014, the NIAAA National Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. at the “National Harbor Conference Center”, literally a stone’s throw from the center of our nation’s capital.  We hope to see many more Buckeyes in attendance at this conference where the “best of the best” go  to become great athletic leaders!


Steve Conley (Fairbanks HS, Paul Powers (Aurora HS), Jeff Kurtz and Ray Ebersole (Hudson HS) attending NIAAA workshops in Anaheim
Steve Conley (Fairbanks HS, Paul Powers (Aurora HS), Jeff Kurtz and Ray Ebersole (Hudson HS) attending NIAAA workshops in Anaheim
Tom Baron (Avon Lake HS) and Jerry Snodgrass (OHSAA Assistant Commisoner)
Tom Barone (Avon Lake HS) and Jerry Snodgrass (OHSAA Assistant Commisoner)

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Coach Licensure Bulletin – New Pupil Activity Permit Info for Coaches and A.D.s

ACT NOW – starting Jan. 1, 2014

ALL Pupil Activity Permit (PAP) applications must be submitted, reviewed and approved online.

You need to ensure that applicants have SAFE accounts

How do our coaches set up SAFE accounts?

Remind those who will apply for educator licensure or pupil activity permits that they also will need SAFE accounts. When setting up an account, the system will ask for date of birth and the last four numbers of the person’s Social Security number. It also will ask for an Ohio driver’s license or state of Ohio identification number (available from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles). Those who do not have one of these forms of identification should allow a bit more time. They will find instructions within the SAFE account creation menu about how to submit another form of identification.


Once the department validates the SAFE account, the user should log in to verify that his or her email address is entered correctly. They may do this by clicking on the “change email” link.

I have paper applications to submit. Will the department accept them?

Any paper applications must be received by Dec. 31 to be processed. Thereafter, applicants and authorized reviewers must complete the process online.

For more information:

Visit education.ohio.gov and search: educator licenses or click here. Or, contact the Office of Educator Licensure at: (877) 644-6338 or (614) 466-3593.

Area athletic directors thankful for lessons high school sports provide

As high school sports around the area take a break over the Thanksgiving holiday, here is a look at what Fairfield football head coach Jason Krause and athletic directors from Lakota West, Lakota East and Colerain are thankful for in regard to high school athletics.

Fairfield football head coach Jason Krause:

What are you thankful for in regard to high school athletics and how they impact the athletes, students and the community?

“What I’m thankful for is obviously the opportunity to be in the position that I’m in and deal with great high school kids on a daily basis and watch them grow and see all the positive things that they do to excite your community and, this year that we had, our community seemed to kind of grow and live through our guys on Friday nights and all the hard work they’ve put in to change the atmosphere at our high school as far as athletics goes.”

Are there any examples of the athletes at your school giving back to the community?

“Our kids do a great job of it… probably the biggest one for us this year [was] over an eight week period we went every Saturday morning to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League… we were taking 20-25 players a day in their jerseys to assist the kids and playing in the games at Joe Nuxhall Miracle field and just to see our kids interact with some of those kids… it really put a different thought in my mind of what we’re all about and the impact we truly can have on families and the community.”


Lakota West Athletic Director Scott Kaufman:

What are you thankful for in regard to high school athletics and how they impact the athletes and the community?

“I’ve always been very thankful for the individual skills and character development that sports provide to student athletes and the leadership qualities that take them far beyond what sports themselves have. It’s their experiences in sports that prepare them for everything that they’re going to do in the future.”

What are your thoughts when you see high school athletes take on leadership roles in the community or perform charitable work to help the less fortunate while they’re still in high school?

“I think that’s the most powerful component of what we deal with is, you know, the lessons that sport in itself teach kids with character and leadership and discipline and commitment… when you can see those carry over into non athletic venues, that’s the most rewarding thing that you can see. So when you see somebody step up in a leadership position whether it’s to run a coat drive or whether it’s to raise money for a specific charity or just to help somebody else on the street, to me that’s the biggest exclamation point you can put at the end of what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Are there any examples of the athletes at your school giving back to the community?

“There’s too many to really count… there’s been coat drives, there’s been canned food drives, there’s been cancer awareness fundraisers; I hate to underplay it but it’s become common place in what we do every day of finding ways to give back and our kids really step up to it when they can.”


Colerain Athletic Director Dan Bolden:

What are you thankful for in regard to high school athletics and how they impact the athletes and the community?

“I think what high school sports can do is bring a community together. You know, there’s nothing better than on a Friday night looking up into the stands and seeing the community up there cheering on the team or if it’s a basketball night and you look in the gym and the gym’s packed with fans from the community or people who just want to come see good basketball or people who want to see good football or people that want to come out and see a good softball team play on a March day when the suns out.”

What are your thoughts when you see high school athletes take on leadership roles in the community or perform charitable work for those less fortunate?

“That makes you feel good, as an athletic director, it makes you feel like the coaches you’ve hired are doing the right thing; they’re instilling a sense of pride, of community, of feeling, of leadership and of giving to those kids; and they’re watching it actually happen. I equate it sometimes to when you watch your kid take their first steps… a lot of people outside the education world don’t understand when teachers can see that kid who struggled in their grades or that coach can see a kid who as a freshman was awkward and uncoordinated and by the time they’re a junior they’ve become this aspiring athlete who leads and listens and has a heart the size of the room and when you see that happen as a coach, there’s nothing better than that, than to watch that actually happen.”

What’s it like to watch these kids develop and grow not just as athletes but also as people?

“That’s the great thing about coaching that’s outside of teaching… as a coach you’ve seen them as a freshman and you see them the next season and you see them all the time and you watch them grow and then that’s why I think people don’t understand when a season ends why kids and coaches are so emotional about it… those coaches have watched those kids grow for four years and they’ve worked together for a common goal and they’ve been through the highs and the lows together and when they get to that point when it’s all over, they’re emotional because they’ve formed a bond and an attachment that will last forever… that’s a lasting bond that never breaks.”


Lakota East Athletic Director Rich Bryant:

What are you thankful for in regard to high school athletics and how they impact the athletes, student, staff and the community?

“I believe that the court, the football field, the swimming pool or the cross country course are extensions of the academic classroom and the life lessons that our student athletes take from the experiences that they draw upon are invaluable.”