Spring Conference 2016 Highlights
The northeast district held our annual spring athletic director’s conference and awards banquet on April 17 and April 18. This was our 51st Annual Awards Program. The Sunday night banquet was hosted at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. The Northeast district set a record this year with over 120 athletic directors attending our Spring conference. The agenda for the day was kicked off by OIAAA Executive Director Bruce Brown addressing the attendees to highlight the current initiatives of the OIAAA, particularly the new changes being proposed to the membership structure. The keynote presentation this year was delivered by Oliver Luck, the NCAA Director for Regulatory Functions. Luck, a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and native Northeast Ohioan, spoke eloquently about the state of the NCAA and the changes he has seen on the job. After the keynote presentation, the first breakout session was titled “Developing a Social Media Responsibility Policy,” presented by Zac Jackson from ProFootballTalk.com. The second breakout session was titled “Arbiter- Hands-On Training.” Special thanks go out to Brenda Murray and Jenn Close from the OHSAA, Paul Powers from Aurora and Zac Leister from the Arbiter for taking time to answer athletic director’s questions about the transition to the Arbiter. The third breakout session was titled “Increasing Efficiency in the Paperless Office.” This session was presented by Jim Doyle from Hawken School who gave attendees and overview of some very useful strategies to go paperless in our athletic department offices. The last session of the day was the OHSAA Town Hall and Referendum Update. Thank you to Dr. Deborah Moore and Mr. Jerry Snodgrass from the OHSAA for presenting at our conference and providing critical updates from the state office. Lastly, a special thank you to Phil Cassella for all of his help and organizational efforts in putting on this year’s conference.
To view the list of our distinguished award winners from Sunday night’s banquet, click HERE