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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
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
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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