The Northeast District held our annual spring athletic director’s conference and awards banquet on April 7th and April 8th. This was our 54th Annual Awards Program. The Sunday night banquet was hosted at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. The Northeast district had over 110 athletic directors attending our Spring conference.

The agenda for the day was kicked off by NEOIAAA Presiddent Kevin Leigh addressing the attendees to highlight the current initiatives of the OIAAA. The keynote presentation this year was delivered by the Cleveland Indians Bob Dibiasio.  Bob has been with the Cleveland Indians for 39 years and is currently the Vice President of Public Affairs.

The workshop also included presentations from Solon Soccer Coach Ryan Conner on Building Positive Relationships with parents. Coach Conner was followed by John Smith who spoke about Emergency Action Plans.  Finally, Mike Elder, Human Resources Director at Avon High School, presented on building relationships and culture in your school and community.

The OHSAA also provided us with the Town Hall and Referendum Update.  Thank you to Dr. Deborah Moore and OHSAA Commissioner Jerry Snodgrass 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. Phil announced his retirement this year as Treasurer of the NEOIAAA.  In honor of Phil, the NEOIAAA Scholarship will now be named the Phil Cassella Scholarship.  Thank you Phil for our your years of service!  You will be missed!

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