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The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

will award NFHS Citations to eight high school athletic directors

December 14 in Orlando, Florida, during luncheon festivities at the

46th annual National Athletic Directors Conference sponsored jointly

by the NFHS and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).


NFHS Citations are presented annually to outstanding athletic

directors in recognition of contributions to interscholastic athletics

at the local, state and national levels. State associations nominate

athletic directors for NFHS Citations, and the NFHS Board of Directors

approves recipients.


This year’s award winners are Bruce Brown,CMAA, executive director,

Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, Strasburg, Ohio;

Lane Green, CMAA, director of school administration and athletics and

activities, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kansas; Bobby Hill,

CMAA, athletic director, Hillside High School, Durham, North Carolina;

Paul Neidig, CAA, district athletic director/chief of staff, Evansville (Indiana)

Vanderburgh School Corporation; Ted Petersen, CAA, athletic director,

Weber High School, Pleasant View, Utah; Robert Rossi, CMAA, supervisor

of athletics, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington, New Jersey;

Craig Rothenberger, CAA, athletic director, Junction City (Oregon) High School;

and Ed Warken, athletic director, Cypress Fairbanks Independent School

District, Cypress, Texas.


Following are biographical sketches on this year’s NFHS

Citation recipients:


Bruce Brown, CMAA, Strasburg, Ohio


Bruce Brown, CMAA, is executive director of the Ohio Interscholastic

Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) after completing a highly

successful 16-year career as director of athletics at Uniontown (Ohio)

Lake High School in 2014.


Brown began his administrative career at Lake High School in 1998

while concluding his career as a basketball coach. Brown won more

than 220 games as a high school basketball coach, which included several

league championships and coach-of-the-year awards. As athletic director,

he oversaw the development of five major facility projects, including new

softball and baseball field enhancements and dugouts, artificial turf for the

school’s multi-use stadium and a new press box. He also served as tournament

manager for numerous Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) events.


Brown became the first executive director of the OIAAA in 2012 and has

helped membership increase more than 83 percent in the past three years.

He has served on the state conference planning committee since 2004, and

represents the OIAAA on the National Executive Directors Council.


Brown was the first Ohio instructor trained to teach “Fundamentals of Coaching”

and has done so to nearly 650 coaches. He also presented the NFHS course at

the first three National Athletic Directors Conferences after it became available.

Brown is a National Leadership Training faculty member and is co-chair of

Leadership Training Course (LTC) 723, a course he helped revise. He has also

been a member of the NIAAA Certification Committee and serves as a CAA and

CMAA project reader.


An accomplished writer, Brown has had numerous articles published at the

national and state levels, including the NFHS Coaches’ Quarterly and NFHS

Coaching Today. He currently chairs the NFHS Coaches Publications Committee.


Among his many awards, Brown was selected OIAAA Athletic Director of

the Year in 2007, Ohio Association of Secondary Schools Principals’ Athletic

Director of the Year in 2009 and the NFHS National Coach Educator of the

Year in 2011. In addition to earning his CMAA designation as an athletic

director, Brown has earned his Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) and

Certified Interscholastic Coach (CIC) through the NFHS.


In 1999, Brown helped create Hoops 4 Healing, Inc., a non-profit foundation

that has generated more than $250,000 to support liver disease research,

organ donor education and individual assistance to stricken families.



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