NIAAA/OIAAA: Professional Development Opportunity

News Release
NIAAA/OIAAA: Professional Development Opportunity
Quality Program Award (QPA), National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA)
Ohio Athletic Administrators that are interested in pursuing the distinguished NIAAA

Quality Program Award are invited to attend one of two virtual informational meetings
conducted by:
Randy Tevepaugh, CMAA, NIAAA QPA Mentor
Don Bales, CMAA, NIAAA QPA Coordinator

The virtual meetings will be conducted on Wednesday, February 8th at 9:00 a.m. and
Sunday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m. Those administrators interested in participating
should contact Randy Tevepaugh at An email notification will be sent prior to the meeting
time(s) detailing pertinent information regarding participation.

The Bruce Brown Award of Excellence will be awarded to those administrators and
school districts achieving this level of Professional Development from the OIAAA.

Additionally, a national recognition will be made at the National Athletic Directors Conference in December of each year.

Past Bruce Brown Award Winners

Year School Athletic Director
2015 Gilmour Academy Jeff Walrich
Worthington Kilbourne Jeff Todd
Ottawa Hills Tim Erickson
Streetsboro Randy Tevepaugh
2016 Wyoming Jan Wilking
2017 Anderson Kyle Bing
Brush Mike Murphy
Mason Scott Stemple
2018 Hilliard Darby Chris Ludban
Proctorville Fairland Jeff Gorby
Galion Kyle Baugh
Marietta Rick Guimond
Rocky River Mark Wagner
St. Joseph Academy John Manuszak
Sycamore Phil Poggi
2019 Findlay Nate Weihrauch
Loveland Brian Conaster
Woodridge Nick Mayer
2020 No Winners Covid
2021 Turpin Tony Hemmelgarn
Brunswick John Justice
Streetsboro Randy Tevepaugh
Shenandoah Eric Scholtis
Plymouth Josh Calame
Fort Frye Barb Sleek
2022 Madeira Joe Kimling

2022-2023 OHSAA Regional Update Meetings

OHSAA Regional Update Meetings and Virtual Administrator Workshop Upcoming The Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director’s Office will be conducting
in-person Regional Update Meetings later this month and in September for school superintendents, principals and athletic administrators in each of the six OHSAA athletic districts.
The meetings are designed to provide updates and reminders on key issues, and attendance is highly recommended.

All meetings will run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,
and staff will be available afterward to answer questions.

The dates and locations are:

Thursday, Aug. 25, Columbus (Quest Conference Center, Westerville)
Tuesday, Sept. 13, Cleveland (DoubleTree by Hilton, Independence)
Tuesday, Aug. 30, Cincinnati (Sharonville Convention Center)
Thursday, Sept. 15, Cambridge (Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center)
Wednesday, Sept. 7, Athens (Ohio University Inn & Conference Center)
Wednesday, Sept. 21, Findlay (Findlay High School Auditorium)
To register, please go here:

For questions, contact the OHSAA Executive Director’s Office at 614-267-2502.

OIAAA 3rd Strategic Plan

OIAAA 3rd Strategic Plan


Building a Committee of OIAAA Members – April 25, 2021


SWOADA – Chris Weaver, Kettering Fairmont High School (unable to attend)

NWOIAAA – Jeff Hill, Eastwood High School

NEOIAAA – Ryan Peters, Beachwood High School (unable to attend)

SEOIAAA – Keith Dettwiller, Piketon High School

CEOIAAA – Heath O’Neal, Dublin City Schools

EOIAAA – Chip Amicone, Garaway High School



Julie Renner: OIAAA Assistant Executive Director

Joe Roberts:  Southwest District Representative

Joe Kimling:  OIAAA Secretary

Gary Spinell: OIAAA President-Elect

Rick Guimond: OIAAA President

Bill Schumacher: NEOIAAA Representative in attendance 

Tony Williams: SEOIAAA District Representative 

Heather Beck:  Female Representative

Randy King:  OIAAA Treasurer

Glen Gillespie: OIAAA Executive Director 


Ken Baker: Strategic Plan Lead


OIAAA Successes 

  1. PD/Conference
  2. NIAAA Relationship
  3. Networking
  4. Mentoring Opportunities
  5. Respect Profession
  6. Recognition
  7. Becoming Involved
  8. Scholarships
  9. Structure
  10. Transparency
  11. Social Media
  12. Status
  13. Nuts and Bolts (Procedures)


OIAAA Challenges

  1. Diversity
  2. Membership Balance (Dues)
  3. Mentoring
  4. Licensure/Certification
  5. Outreach/Visibility
  6. Finances
  7. P.D. (options)
  8. Relationships
  9. Influence w/other Professional Associations in the state of Ohio
  10. Promotion
  11. Social Media/Communication 


OIAAA 3rd Strategic Plan starting 2021



The OIAAA will increase dual membership to reach 800+ members.

1.1: Promote an all-in initiative of 10% of leagues.

1.2: Explore alternative membership -1.3: Relevance to nonmember ADs (why Join)

1.4: Increase Middle School AD, Female ADs, and Minority ADs, to address the diversity of overall membership, by 20% over 5 years.

1.5: Continue to develop mentoring programs with current and retired ADs.



The OIAAA will maintain current financial stability based on:

2.1: Review/Audit committee to promote complete transparency.

2.2: Keep a “Rainy Day” and Endowment Fund with ___% or ___(set amount)

2.3: Maintain a general fund balance sufficient to operate the next fiscal year.

2.4: Pursue investment options and opportunities to benefit the entire association.

2.5: Set aside ___% of the general fund each fiscal year for outreach and professional development.



The OIAAA will identify a professional development format to benefit our membership

3.1: Create a New AD Workshop to include the OHSAA and support the new standards of the business.  

  1. Create within “So You Want to Be an AD” workshop

3.2: Collaborate with all associations to bring professional development and training to new ADs (3 years or less)

3.3: Enhance our professional development delivery method

  1. Increase virtual opportunities through workshops and LTIs
  2. Build the AD Toolbox to function as a Best Practice Guide
  3. Plan quarterly Hot Topics roundtable sessions

3.4: Place emphasis on the CAA designation in our LTI offerings to increase this certification amongst our members

  1. Increase CAA certifications by 10%
  2. Increase Members with CAA’s to CMAA by 2%



The OIAAA will promote the mission to our audiences.  In addition, solicit the input and needs from our membership.

4.1: Use various forms of social media and surveys to gather input from members on athletic policies.

4.2: Create a sub-committee to work with the Executive Director to assess needs and find resources to promote Education-Based Athletics 

4.3: Use social media and awards to celebrate and promote the profession of Athletic Administration

4.4: Network with other state associations to learn different ways to promote Education-Based Athletics

2022 OIAAA State Conference Registration and Agenda

2022 OIAAA State Conference

November 13, 14, 15

at Columbus Easton Hilton

Event Registration for Members

Log in to the OIAAA AMP site:

1. Click on the “MEMBER” icon

2. Enter your email address for your username and the password for your OIAAA AMP account

3. On your Main Member Page, locate the “Current Events” section on your account page

4. Find the OIAAA event you want to register for (Conference or LTI) and click on the “Register” button next to the event

5. You will be taken to the cost and fees page, Click the “Yes Register” button

6. Complete the registration form of the event you are registering for and when the form is complete, type your name in the signature field and submit the form (Please note the Hotel information is also listed in the form)

7. You will be taken to the checkout page where you can download a “Generated Invoice” if needed for your Treasurer’s Office and/or to mail in with a check payment.  You can also choose to pay online by credit card.

Please remember, your OIAAA Membership fees must be paid to register for the conference and/or the LTI events.


OIAAA and OHSAA “The Bruce Brown Award of Excellence”

2021-2022 Award Winners


“The Bruce Brown Award of Excellence”


Purpose:  To recognize on-going and consistent efforts on the part of Ohio interscholastic athletic departments that demonstrate best practice in the endorsement and promotion of education-based athletic programming.  Specifically, this award recognizes schools that demonstrate intentional efforts to shift the culture of school-based sport programs as an on-going process.

The name was changed to honor the first Executive Director of the OIAAA, Bruce Brown.

Award Criteria:

  1. Ohio interscholastic athletic departments may submit their data (as indicated below) at any time of the school year.  
  2. An individual school may win the award once during a 36-month period.  
  3. All data submitted must have been deployed, created or accomplished within the past 12-month period at the time of submission.
  4. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee comprised of OIAAA membership and OHSAA staff.
  5. Recognition of schools/athletic departments for attainment of the award will be made at an appropriate OHSAA-sanctioned state tournament site (An alternate site may be instituted)


Criteria Domains:

  1. Philosophy of Education-based Athletics
  2. Education Strategies
  3. Risk Management
  4. Access/Equity
  5. Assessment
  6. Technology/Media
  7. Sports Medicine
  8. Innovation/Creativity
  9. Continuous Improvement


Provisions for submission of evidence:


Philosophy of Education-based Athletics:

  • Athletic department philosophy statement which specifically identifies the mission of interscholastic athletic programs as extensions of the curricular/academic program within the school district.  Statement should include educational objectives of the athletic department/programs.
  • Evidence of Board of Education adoption of athletic department philosophy.
  • Evidence of athletic department philosophy posted in/on following:
    • Athletic Department handbook
    • Coach/Athlete/Parent handbook
    • Athletic department statement on school website


Education Strategies:

  • Evidence of the athletic administrator’s personal professional development activities specific to interscholastic athletics within the 12 months prior to submission for the Award.  Examples would include, but not limited to:
    • Attendance at the OIAAA State Conference
    • Completion of at least one Leadership Training Course (LTC)
    • Acquiring one or more of the following designations:
      • RAA  (through NIAAA)
      • RMSAA  (through NIAAA)
      • CAA  (through NIAAA)
      • CMAA  (through NIAAA)
      • AIC  (through NFHS)
      • CIC  (through NFHS)
    •  Earning a Master’s degree in Education or Athletic Administration
  • Evidence (copies of agendas) of meetings and in-house sessions for purposes of training, educating, updating in-house coaching of athletic staff members.  Examples might include regular coaches meetings (pre- and in-season), in-services specific to interscholastic athletic topics, mentoring, strategic planning, etc.
  • Evidence of support and promotion of coach education beyond sport-specific (offensive/defensive strategies) training.  Examples of such tactics could include in-house seminars on media/public relations, promotion of Accredited Interscholastic Coach certification (NFHS online courses), etc.
  • Provide a brief (one page or less) overview of the process for mentoring new coaches currently within the athletic department.
  • The applicant school’s athletic administrator must be a member of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) for the school year of award submission.


Risk Management:

  • Provide evidence of cautionary statement provisions shared with parents and students (per sport)- Click HERE for example of a Cautionary Statement
  • Describe protocols currently in place to assess atmospheric (heat, humidity) and severe weather (lightening) emergencies for athletic teams.



  • Evidence of assessment plan for athletic department and programs relative to accessibility and equity parameters.  Some examples of evidence may include:
    • Facility inventory (listing of boys and girls facilities, age/condition of facilities, fiscal support for upkeep, etc.)
    • Line-item budget comparisons (by sport; by gender)
    • Title IX surveys and/or studies
    • Provisions and accommodations for students with disabilities (“How are special needs students engaged within your interscholastic athletic programs?”)  



  • Description of the process utilized to evaluate and assess coaches within your interscholastic athletic program.  More than just the evaluation tool (form), what protocol is utilized to review and target improvement within the coach(es) and the sport-specific program?



  • Provide five (5) examples the interscholastic athletic department utilizes technology/media in support of education-based athletics.  Examples may include, but not limited to:
    • Posting and accessibility of team schedules
    • Availability of public-access information
    • Utilization of “push” data (e.g., parent alerts, text messaging, Twitter/Facebook feeds)
    • Local/School/Public media access to interscholastic sport programs and events
    • Feedback and survey opportunities for stakeholders and/or community


Sports Medicine:

  • Provide evidence of “Emergency Action Plan” protocols that are utilized by interscholastic teams within the school’s athletic department.  Click HERE for example of an Emergency Action Plan
  • EACH team’s plan should include:
    • Facility layout
    • Entry and exit routes (particularly for EMS and evacuation routes)
    • Location of rescue and first aid equipment
    • Location of landline telephones with emergency numbers and personnel posted
    • Location of a cell phone and the person responsible for carrying it
    • Location of keys that may be necessary for access to phones and equipment
    • Location of rescue equipment and first aid kit(s)
    • Location of emergency supplies (e.g. flashlights, fire extinguishers, masks, gloves, etc.)



  • Provide examples and description of non-contest engagement of students and/or adults within the scope of the school’s interscholastic athletic program.  Examples of such may be:
    • Varsity team members traveling to elementary school to read to students
    • Choir students who audition and perform the “National Anthem” at athletic events
    • Non-participant student involvement; e.g., student media crew for graphics or video board at game events, student host squad for guest teams or game officials, etc.
    • Student-Athlete Advisory Council
    • Community stakeholder engagement with planning, advisory or feedback groups related to interscholastic athletics


Continuous Improvement:

  • Identify at least one organized event/activity where the educational mission and purpose of interscholastic athletics is clearly and intentionally addressed.  Specifically, how is the question of “What is the true purpose of having sports within our schools?” being answered with your stakeholders?
  • Provide an example of how the athletic department delivers a continuing message and supports “Respect the Game” and Sportsmanship initiatives within your school and league.


The objective of the “Award of Excellence” is to recognize those Ohio interscholastic athletic departments who are purposefully educating and supporting the mission of education-based athletics in Ohio.  Defining success based solely based upon “wins and losses” or the number of championship trophies a school/team possesses misses the mark of what our interscholastic athletic programs should be targeting.  The award is designed to honor and celebrate those school athletic departments that are attempting to shift the sport culture toward the genuine purpose of why sports are a part of our school and community culture in America.


As such, the collection and submission of data is meant to be a reflection of what schools are already doing to underscore the mission of education-based athletics.  To create a level of consistency and to maintain an appropriate level of professionalism, submission of school data should follow this protocol:


    • Submission of materials should be inclusive of all data that is to be considered.  “Part and parcel” submissions (scattered or segmented submission of data over time) will not be accepted.
    • Electronic OR hard-copy data submissions are permissible.
    • Submission for the award can be made at any time of the year; once all criteria have been met, corresponding data can be submitted.


  • Data submission should be sent electronically to:  Glen Gillespie, OIAAA Executive Director at:


    • Awards will be presented annually at the Girls/Boys State Basketball Championship games in Columbus (March).
    • Please include the attached “Cover Sheet” with submission. click HERE for the “Cover Sheet”
    • A “checklist” to assist the gathering of all related data – click HERE for the checklist

Deadline date is  Jan. 31, 2023

  • Questions regarding the award and data submission can be directed to Glen Gillespie per the above e-mail address.




APPENDIX:  A—Award Data Submission Cover Sheet




“Award of Excellence”

Submission of Data


Submitting school: ______________________________________


Athletic Director: _______________________________________


Contact e-mail: _________________________________________


Contact phone number: ________________________________


Date of Submission: _______________________________


Type of submission (check one): ______  Hard copy


______  Electronic copy

Please organize your data in the following order and identify each category within your data. Where multiple examples are provided within a category, please title each example for clarity.


  1. Philosophy of Education-based Athletics
  2. Education Strategies
  3. Risk Management
  4. Access/Equity
  5. Assessment
  6. Technology/Media
  7. Sports Medicine
  8. Innovation/Creativity
  9. Continuous Improvement


Submit your data to: (Electronic copy): Glen Gillespie:


(Hard copy): Glen Gillespie, OIAAA

9558 Arbor Mist Court

Sylvania, OH  43560

APPENDIX:  B—Example of Sport-specific Cautionary Statement




Basketball is a highly competitive, fast-action game that places demands on the individual player. For this reason, coaches will implement conditioning regimens that are based on scientific principles, and designed to enhance player endurance, quickness and playing skills. While contact and rough play are prohibited by rule, a certain amount of inadvertent physical contact is predictable. To enhance stability and strength, certain weight room workouts may also be prescribed along with a regular practice activity. In addition, the following considerations and cautions will enhance player enjoyment and safety.



  1. Wear all pads, braces and supportive undergarments to all practices and competitions.
  2. Clothing and shoes should fit properly, be comfortable, and allow for maximal physical efforts.  Clothing should be kept clean and sanitary.
  3. Clothing should prevent heat dissipation, or restrict movement.
  4. Players should ingest the equivalent of 4 – 6 glasses of water each day.
  5. Feet should be covered with a thin cotton sock followed by a heavier wool sock. If blisters are a chronic problem or begin to appear, coaches or trainers should be consulted for appropriate responses or preventive actions.
  6. Players who require corrected vision must wear shatterproof glasses or lenses. Glasses must be mounted in break resistant frames, and be held in place by an elastic strap.
  7. Players requiring preventive taping, padding, or bracing should arrive early enough to receive treatment and be able to participate in specialty work.
  8. Remove all jewelry, metal hair clips and hats.
  9. No horseplay, rough-housing, hazing or initiations.
  10. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or diseases, must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
  11. High top basketball shoes are suggested and they should be- properly laced up.
  12. The use of braces is recommended.
  13. Mouth guards are highly recommended. IN THE LOCKER ROOM:
  1. Be alert to slippery floors.
  2. Be alert to changes in floor texture and elevated thresholds between lockers and shower rooms.
  3. Keep floors free of litter. Place all personal belongings in assigned lockers.
  4. Close and lock locker doors when away from your assigned locker.
  5. Keep soap and shampoo in the shower area.
  6. Use foot powder in designated areas.
  7. Refrain from rapid movements, rough-house or horseplay in locker/shower areas.
  8. Identify incidents of foot or skin infection to coach(es) immediately.
  9. No hazing or initiations.



  1. Be alert to ramps leading to practice/contest area.
  2. Be alert to variations insurfaces of locker room, ramps, stairways, or playing floors.
  1. Be alert to the following:
    1. Ball carts.
    2. Basketballs in flight, rolling, rebounding or bouncing.
    3. Wind sprints or fast break drills.
    4. Proximity of bleachers and walls to playing surface.
  2. Stretch thoroughly and jog easy laps to warm up.
  3. Do not accept rides home from strangers.
  4. Be alert for possible hazards when conditioning in the halls.
  5. Be aware of and avoid contact with bleachers, curtains, and any other miscellaneous peripheral equipment.
  6. No horseplay, .rough-housing, hazing or initiations. HAZARDS SPECIF1C TO BASKETBALL:
  1. Be alert to dehydration symptoms. Dry mouth, inability to cool down, dizziness/light headed. Ingest 4-6 glasses of water during the school day and additional amounts at practice.
  2. Frequent drink breaks will be built into the practice plan and players should make use of each one.
  3. Foot Problems ·Refer to coach(es) or athletic trainer
    1. Blisters.
    2. Calluses.
    3. Ingrown toe nails.
    4. Fungus infections or plantar warts.
  4. Other Skin-Problems ·Refer to coach(es).
    1. Boils.
    2. Rashes.
    3. Floor bums, cuts.
  5. Ankle and other orthopedic problems.
    1. Sprains • new – ice, compression, elevation, rest.
    2. Sprains • old .taping, easy workouts, rehabilitative exercise
  6. Weight training regimens will have separate standards and progressions designed to enhance safety and physical conditioning.
  7. Respiratory diseases can be a major problem. A vitamin supplement, fluids, regular rest, proper nutrition and dress contribute to the maintenance of health. Notify coach about use and location of inhalants.
  8. Check your weight. Sudden or large losses over a month should be brought to the coaches’ attention, especially if you are feeling tired or ill or if you demonstrate cold symptoms and swollen throat or neck glands.
  9. DO NOT hang on the rims or nets.
  10. DO NOT engage in rough, thoughtless play.
  11. DO NOT run under a player who is in the air to shoot or receive a pass. 12. DO NOT swing elbows excessively when clearing a rebound.
  1. Taller players may need to be alert to their proximity to the lower surface of the backboard
  2. DO NOT take an intentional foul that might cause an injury to an opponent.
  3. When taking a charge or screening an opponent, assume a weight-balanced, protected position.
  4. lf a backboard shatters, notify the coach  and keep people away from the broken glass. BROKEN BACKBOARDS ARE THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THOSE WHO BREAK THEM!
  5. Notify the coach or trainer of any injury, no matter how slight it may seem.
  6. DO NOT share water bottles, towels, or anything else that might transmit body fluids or pathogens.



Because of the nature of basketball, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s attention. Most will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, an occasional situation may require more intense management and may also necessitate involvement of squad members as follows:


  1. Be alert to any injury that the coach may not see. He/she will manage the person in trouble.

DO NOT move the victim! Assist by:


    1. Stop all practices, scrimmages.
    2. After calling the coach to manage the situation, help with the injured person;
    3. Telephone for additional assistance (phone numbers and information are posted on the telephone); obtain first aid supplies or equipment.
    4. Keep onlookers away.
    5. Sit or kneel in close proximity.
    6. Direct rescue squad members to the site.
  1. Fire or Fire Alarm:
    1. Evacuate and remain 150 feet from the building.
    2. Be prepared to implement emergency procedures.
  1. Bomb Threat:
    1. Evacuate building and remain-200 yards from building.
  1. Tornado:
    1. Go to basketball team room, sit on floor next to and facing lockers.




We certify that we have read, understand, and agree to adhere to the cautions, considerations and responsibilities required for participation on the xxxxxxxxx High School Basketball Team.


Parent/Guardian  Signature Date


APPENDIX:  C—Emergency Action Plan sample




Team:_______________________________________ Coach:__________________________

2021-2022 Sport Season Coach’s Cell Phone: ______________________________

  1. Each coach must complete all requested data within the first two days of official practice start.  
  2. An Emergency Action Plan PRACTICE must be completed within the first week of each practice season (see notes at bottom of this page).
  3. One copy of this completed page must be on file in the High School athletic office within seven days of the first official start date of practice.
  4. Additional copies of this data should be provided to each coaching staff member, designated first-aid responder and the athletic trainer.


Practice site and official address: _______________________________


Specific directions to practice/home site from nearest major intersection: _______________________________



Where should EMS come to have quick access to the injured athlete:



Who is to provide primary care to the athlete:_________________


Where is the First-Aid kit located: ______________________________


Where is the AED located from your area: _________________________


Where are the Emergency Medical Information forms: _______________


Who calls EMS: ______________________________________________________


Where is the phone from which to call EMS:________________________


Who notifies the parent(s) that athlete is being transported: ______________


Who notifies the trainer and athletic director: ________________________


Who manages the remainder of contest/practice: ______________________


Who opens doors/gates for EMS: _______________________________


Who travels with injured athlete: _________________________________


Who does follow-up with parent: __________________________________


Who documents the injury: ______________________________


Where is the closest weather shelter: _______________________________


Who has keys/access to weather shelter: _____________________


Who performs daily safety check of field/court area:____________________


Date of “Emergency Action Plan” Practice: ___________________________


Verified by: ______________________________________


Date: __________


APPENDIX:  D—“Award of Excellence” Data checklist



Order of submitted data


____     “Award of Excellence” cover sheet

____     Athletic Department philosophy statement

____     BOE adoption of Athletic Department philosophy

____     Athletic Department philosophy posting in: Coaches handbook, Athlete/Parent Handbook, online

____     Athletic Administrator’s professional development example

____     Example agenda of in-house coaching staff meeting/training session

____     Example of promotion of coach education

____     Example of Budget process

____     Verification of Athletic Administrator’s membership in OIAAA

____     Example of sport-specific “Cautionary Statement” (identified with school name)

____     Accessibility/Equity example

____     Description of Coach/Program assessment process

____     Five technology/media utilization examples

____     Example of “Emergency Action Plan” (identified by sport-specific and school data)

____     Example of non-contest engagement within interscholastic athletic program

____     Example of promoting educational mission of interscholastic athletics within school/community

The Return of SUMMER INSTITUTE in 2021!!!!! Save the Dates!


The past five summers’ “Summer Leadership Institute” have proved to be one of the most successful professional development opportunities for athletic administrators on record. Nearly 1,200 class roster spots were filled over three days of training the past four years which assisted school leaders in our interscholastic settings.

We will again be hosting this educational event in the summer of 2021!  The Summer Institute is a collaborative project between the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and is scheduled for June 8, 9 and 10, 2021. 

The purpose of the Summer Institute is to provide appropriate training and professional development for audiences directly involved with the education-based athletic programs within Ohio schools.  Target audiences include, but are not limited to, newly appointed athletic administrators, experienced athletic administrators, coaches, building principals, superintendents and other school personnel who have a connection with school-based athletic programming.

With more and more attention being shifted toward the training and certification of Ohio athletic administrators, the Summer Institute can provide coursework credits toward RAA, CAA and CMAA certifications.  Also, additional training will be provided to ensure a more comprehensive and knowledge-based of the OHSAA governance and proactive guidance through the individual sessions.

Below are courses for our 2021 Summer Institute.  Look for specific course information and registration information coming to you this week through your OIAAA AMP account.


2021 Summer Institute—June 8, 9 and 10, 2021 on Zoom

  • Leadership Training Courses 501, 502, 503, 504, 506, 508:  These are the core courses which cover “Athletic Administration, A to Z”.  These courses are also required for the national certifications.

  • For those looking to join the Ohio teaching faculty we will offer LTC 790

  • Updates from OHSAA:  As Ohio moves into its fourth full year of working with programs of the OHSAA, like Arbiter and Competitive Balance, we will provide learning sessions to improve and enhance great efficiency and success with athletic department personnel.

Leadership Training ELECTIVE Courses: 640, 709, 714, and 715 . With 40 high-quality and nationally certified courses provided through the NIAAA, Ohio will offer courses that reflect the needs and wants of our membership.  These courses will also provide necessary credit toward CMAA national certification.


Six Ohio Schools Tapped for “The Bruce Brown Award of Excellence” 

In 2020 six Ohio high school athletic departments were selected to receive the Annual Award of Excellence. The award, a collaboration between the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) recognizes schools that provide exemplary support and promotion of education-based athletic programming in their school and community. 


These awards were to be given at the boys state basketball tourney that was cancelled. This was our former Executive Director Bruce Brown’s award that he created and with the help of the OHSAA presented at the last three state tournaments. Unfortunately Bruce was sick most of the 2020 year and passed in June. The award was not given and was forgotten. OIAAA would like to apologize for this oversight and award the six Athletic Administrators their awards. The award has been changed in name to the Bruce Brown Award of Excellence in honor of the man who created it and to remember the first Executive Director of the OIAAA. 

Recipients of the award are Brunswick High School (John Justice, Athletic Administrator), Fort Frye High School (Barbara Sleek, Athletic Administrator), Plymouth High School (Josh Calame, Athletic Administrator), Shenandoah High School(Eric Sholtis, Athletic Administrator), Streetsboro High School (Randy Tevepaugh, Athletic Administrator) and Turpin High School (Tony Hemmelgard, Athletic Administrator).

The focus of the award is to recognize on-going and consistent efforts on the part of Ohio interscholastic athletic departments that demonstrate best practice in the endorsement and promotion of school-based athletic programming. Specifically, this award recognizes schools that demonstrate intentional efforts to exemplify the mission and culture of educational-based athletic programs as an on-going process. 


Doug Ute, Executive Director of the OHSAA, Rick Guimond, President of the OIAAA and Glen Gillespie, Executive Director of the OIAAA issued the following joint statement on the presentation of the award:    “Ohio Interscholastic athletic programs have always been considered some of the most exemplary programs in the country in reflecting the value our schools and communities place upon education-based sports. The recipients of the ‘Bruce Brown Award of Excellence‘ have demonstrated a consistent and well-developed plan to keep focus of their sport programs upon delivering life-long skills for all participants and mirroring the educational mission of their respective institutions.”


The OHSAA and the OIAAA believe there are several benchmarks which identify quality educational based athletic programs: 

School athletic programs are inherently educational

School athletic programs compliment the educational experience 

School athletic programs enhance the educational mission of the school

School athletic programs serve as an extension of the academic classroom 

School athletic programs teach life lessons not regularly available in the academic classrooms

School athletic programs have courts, fields, tracks, pools and courses as teaching classrooms 

Each of the recipient high schools will be honored in a ceremony at the OHSAA offices on March 1.  For additional details on the “Award of Excellence” criteria, go to the OIAAA website