The OIAAA is saddened to announce that Ralph T. Young, the longtime Treasurer of both the OIAAA and OHSAA Central District Board, has passed away. Ralph (along with his wife, Nancy) have lived in Delaware in recent years.

Ralph served on the OIAAA Board of Directors beginning in 1985 and became the OIAAA Treasurer in 1989, a position he held until his retirement from that post in 2012. In addition to his duties with the OIAAA, he served the OHSAA Central District Board of Directors in numerous positions before he became their Treasurer.

Ralph was also instrumental in helping form and administrate the Ohio Capital Conference in the greater Columbus area. He served in various roles for the OCC and was part of several league expansions and division re-alignments. For his OCC efforts, he was selected as a charter member of their Hall of Fame in 1997.

He received numerous awards at both the state and national levels of athletic administration associations. In addition to receiving “Athletic Director of the Year” accolades, Ralph was inducted into the OIAAA Hall of Fame in 1987, while receiving the NIAAA’s Distinguished Service Award and the NFHS Citation Award in 1990 and 1997, respectively.

In 2016, the OIAAA Board of Directors added an additional student scholarship in honor of Ralph and Nancy Young and continue to award the scholarship on an annual basis.

Our sincere condolences to the family of Ralph Young. Please keep Nancy and the family in your thoughts and prayers.‬

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