A Special Message from OIAAA President Matt Shomper

I want to thank all of the District Athletic Administrator Associations for allowing me to attend your spring functions to give the “State of the OIAAA Address”. I have been to five of other six districts and look forward to getting into the Southeast something this coming fall. All of the districts that I attended put on an excellent and very worthwhile activity for their membership. I would highly encourage every athletic administrator to be active within their district association.

As I discussed in those meetings, membership is vital to our organization. We have over 800 high schools in Ohio and just as m any middle schools. Yet, our membership numbers are in the low three hundreds. My hope is that you review the membership information that we have provided and that you strongly considering joining OIAAA this each and every year that you are in the profession.

One significant improvement to the OIAAA Member Benefits is that every member will now be provided a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy. In today’s litigious society, this benefit alone is well worth the $50 membership fee.

With the addition of this insurance policy, we have modified the dates of our membership calendar. Membership for each year now begins on July 1 (or the day you going if after July1) and will run through June 30. This change requires us to start our membership drive now instead of in the fall. You will be able to join the OIAAA anytime during the year, but your membership will end on June 30 of that school year.

I would also encourage all athletic administrators to join the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. We have also provided a list of the NIAAA membership benefits on the Membership Information tab of the website along with the dual member application form. With this membership form, you can join the OIAAA, the NIAAA or both. I would highly encourage that you going both associations – along with your local district association each and every year.

The annual OIAAA Fall Conference will be November 1-11, 2012. It will be held at the Hilton Easton this year. Conference information and registration will be available in the fall.

I hope each and every one of you have a very relaxing and safe summer with your family!

USA Coaching Coalition Members Team Up for 2012 National Coaching Conference

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 1, 2012) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), along with other members of the USA Coaching Coalition, will host the 2012 National Coaching Conference June 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

Other members of the USA Coaching Coalition involved in this year’s conference are the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

This year’s theme is Sports – Take Part, Get Set for Life, with the conference looking to “educate, collaborate and influence” by bringing coaches, coach educators, organizations and sport scientists together to share research and new ideas.

“We are bringing together people who are from the university setting, governing bodies, state associations and interscholastic sport, as well as coaches associations,” said Tim Flannery, CMAA, NFHS Director of Coach Education. “The conference is really for providers of coaches education, and for those individuals who value training coaches.”

The conference offers 23 workshops and general sessions presented by university researchers, practitioners and athletic administrators. Presiding as the keynote speakers this year are Dr. Darren Treasure and Dr. Stephen Norris.

Treasure, former tenured associate professor at Arizona State University, worked with the NFHS in the design and development of the highly successful “Fundamentals of Coaching” course. He has had more than 60 scientific articles published, and has made keynote presentations at conferences in France, the United States, Norway, Canada, Finland and the United Kingdom. He is currently the performance director for the Oregon Project, working with famed coach Alberto Salazar and the United States distance runners.

Norris, vice-president of sport at WinSport Canada based in Calgary, Alberta, was previously the director of sport physiology & strategic planning at the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary, where he was responsible for Canada’s Winter Olympics sports teams. He also was adjunct assistant professor of applied physiology within the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Calgary. He was a consultant to several national sports teams, taught and supervised graduate students specializing in applied physiology and sport science, as well as having a heavy involvement in coach education.

Conference registration fees are $350 – $150 for students – before April 15, and $425 – $225 for students – after April 15. The fees cover five meals, including two breakfasts, two luncheons and the Opening Reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions, as well as a free tour of Lucas Oil Stadium with registration.

Registration for the conference, along with a listing of the various workshop topics and descriptions, are available on the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org/Conferences. Click on “National Coaching Conference.”

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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org.

The OIAAA is proud to present Harvey Alston for the State Administrators Conference

The OIAAA is proud to present Harvey Alston for the State Administrators Conference

Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America. Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who
have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Harvey Alston brings to the finish line.

Harvey Alston’s unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, and changed lives. His powerful, soul-searching presentations uplift audiences to a higher standard, and to a level where they strive only for the best. Harvey Alston believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings.

As one of the most in-demand speakers in America, Harvey Alston’s career has spanned positions from head football coach of Columbus East High School in Ohio in 1968, to assistant director of
student financial aid at the university level. As an educator he’s taught English, biology, health, life sciences and math curricula. Over the years, Harvey Alston has received recognition and awards from such diverse groups and organizations as the Ohio House of Representatives as one of Ohio’s Finest Citizens, the City of Columbus declared a Harvey Alston Day, and he was commissioned a
Kentucky Colonel, and has received numerous national recognitions and awards. However, none has more impact than the response from those individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed. People walk away from Harvey Alston’s presentations knowing they have just heard someone who “has been around the track a few times” and one who shares it in a way that people do not forget. He has the courage it takes to remind people that life is only what they make it, that self respect does not come with the job, but is brought to the job by people who do the best they can do, with whatever work is available to them.

Harvey Alston’s enterprise is called Best Inc., based on his philosophy and his book titled “Be the Best.” He is a member of the National Speakers Association and serves on the advisory board to the Olentangy School District, the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School and many civic boards, panels,and commissions. “I’ve seen Harvey not just excite, but ignite those who have long cashed it in.” Todd Alles

For more information go to www.harveyalston.com

OIAAA Recommends Executive Director Position

During the 2010-2011 school year, the OIAAA Executive Committee appointed an Ad Hoc committee to research and study the benefits of creating a position of Executive Director within the organization. Currently, over 40 state Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Associations (IAAAs) deploy an organizational model which operates by utilizing an Executive Director working with an Executive Board. This trend (utilizing an Executive Director) continues to evolve at the national level as state IAAAs look to become more efficient and deliver enhanced service to its members and member schools.

Although each state IAAA varies in how they conduct their affairs, those IAAAs which utilize the Executive Director model have indicated several significant benefits of such a plan. Areas of noteworthy advantages include (but not limited to):
1. Provides organizational and leadership continuity.
2. Preserves the historical integrity of the organization.
3. Provides a consistent resource base.
4. Creates additional revenue and overall savings for the organization.
5. Fosters stronger partnerships with other state associations.
6. Provides a focused communication conduit within the organization.
7. Encourages visionary and best practice leadership.
8. Creates a more professional and educational-oriented organization.
9. Provides a constant strategic plan focus.
10. Creates a consistent avenue of information exchange between the state IAAA and the NIAAA.
11. Enhances the working relationship between the state IAAA and the respective state High School Athletic Association.
12. Provides necessary support services.

The OIAAA Ad Hoc committee identified specific focus areas that an Executive Director would be of most benefit to the OIAAA. Among these services would be to:
1. Serve as a direct liaison between the body membership and the OIAAA Executive Board:
1. Advise and work with the sitting OIAAA Executive Officers and Board in implementing goals related to the mission of the OIAAA.
2. Work with the OIAAA Executive Board in the development and execution of a long-range (five year) Strategic Plan.
3. Note: The Executive Director would NOT have voting privileges
2. Promote Membership and Member Services:
1. Facilitate strategies to Increase membership in the OIAAA and NIAAA
2. Work with a Membership Chairperson in maintaining an accurate listing and status of members as well as oversee the annual membership drive.
3. Communicate with District directors the status and years of service of membership.
4. Collaborate with OHSAA and the New Athletic Administrators annual conference.
5. Continual promotion and development of benefits of membership to OIAAA members.
3. Oversee direct communication between OIAAA and NIAAA including, but not limited to:
1. Requesting print materials for state membership and state conference
2. Submission of Ohio nominations for NIAAA recognitions (HOF, State Award of Merit, Distinguished Service Award, Certificates of Merit, Kovaleski Award, and Award of Merit).
3. Coordination of student scholarship applications
4. Assist with administration of Professional Development and LTI programs
5. Endorsement of NIAAA board and delegate representation
6. Promotion of the NIAAA Certification Program (RAA, CAA, CMAA)
7. Additional collaboration between OIAAA and NIAAA
4. Be the key communicator (liaison) and nurture relationships with Ohio and national professional administrative organizations in the promotion of the role of interscholastic athletic administrators:
5. Ohio Department of Education
5. Chairperson of Annual State Workshop and Conference:
1. Work closely with host District Workshop coordinator in development of conference agenda.
2. Administer and assist with successful operation of overall conference (including areas involving vendors, registrations, awards, facility contracts, conference printing needs).
6. Organize and maintain the housing of permanent properties of the OIAAA:
1. Records
2. Publications
3. Corporate agreements
4. Conference materials and hard copy items
5. Updating of OIAAA Constitution as necessary
7. Develop and increase OIAAA partnerships/sponsorships:
1. Establish records and contracts upon approval by OIAAA Executive Board
2. Coordinate with OIAAA webmaster sponsorship information and signage per corporate agreements.
3. Nurture opportunities for partnerships that provide value and assistance to members and member schools.
8. Associated duties may include:
1. Association correspondence and mailings
2. Oversee all association publications
3. Assist with coordination of website data and information
4. Serve as legislative liaison
5. Active participation in the National Executive Directors Council (NEDC)
6. Maintain other strategic alliances
7. Assist with coordination annual Section 2 meetings and activities.

Associated duties or expectations:
1. In coordination with the OIAAA Executive Board, initiate a short- and long-term plan (Strategic Plan) to clarify the mission, vision and values of the organization. Within this initiative should be considered:
1. Review of current committees and assignment of duties. Assess efficiency of such programs and determine future action plans.
2. Update and project fiscal pro-forma based upon recent fiscal history and projected revenue from memberships, conference fees and corporate sponsorships
2. Chief promoter of professional development opportunities for athletic administrators:
1. LTI courses (RAA, CAA, CMAA)
2. NFHS Coach Education

Initially, the position will be served on a volunteer basis to insure good fiscal stewardship to the organization. Other state IAAAs currently utilizing an Executive Director have established compensation in the range of volunteer to stipends; in some states, the stipend contains steps for longevity and/or tiered based upon new corporate partnership contracts that are initiated. The OIAAA Executive Committee may consider some level of compensation at a future point in time if the support is fiscally appropriate.

The consensus of the OIAAA Ad Hoc Committee and the OIAAA Executive Committee is to recommend that the position of Executive Director be established and to create an organizational infrastructure which could support a long-term position.

To move forward with such a plan, the proposal of creating a position of Executive Director
will be in the form of a vote among OIAAA members attending the November state conference in Columbus. In addition to the information contained within this article, there will be material included in each attendees packet at the state conference along with a posting on the OIAAA website (www.oiaaa2.wpengine.com).

For additional information regarding the Executive Director position, please contact your OIAAA District representative.

OASSA Update For OIAAA Executive Board May 15, 2011

I. House BiIl153 -The Budget Bill

The House Finance and Appropriations Committee has rolled a substitute version of Governor John Kasich’s budget bill (HBI53) that increases funding to schools by $80 million over the next biennium.
The $40 million per year increase is he result of a $23 per pupil increase each year ofthe biennium and a maximum 20% reduction in state formula aid for all districts. The increase to schools will result in a decrease for other state agencies, and city, county and local governments.

Another ofthe governor’s proposals removed in the House version is the plan to *shift 2% of pension contributions from employers to employees. The Kasich team had marketed the shift as a cost-saving measure for schools and other public employers, projecting that schools alone would save about $230 million as a result.

A few other education-related in the new bill include:

  • Requires the Ohio Department ofEducation (ODE) to report annually to each district its ratio of administrative vs. instructional spending;
  • Allows the State Board of Education to act as a sponsor for a community school and grant a direct charter to the school;
  • Clarifies that a community school building is a public building for taxation purposes;
  • Exempts community schools from BMI testing;
  • Exempts e-schools from immunization requirements;
  • Permits an individual aged 22-29 who does not have a diploma or certificate of equivalence to enroll for up to two years in a dropout recovery program free of tuition and earmarks $1 million per year for this purpose;
  • Provides two new options for schools to make up calamity days: electronic make-up and “blizzard bags” (homework);
  • Allows more than one charter school to operate in the same building;
  • Reinstates the e-school moratorium;
  • Permits the establishment ofhybrid community schools that provide both remote technology-based and classroom-based instruction and permits existing community schools to restructure themselves as hybrid community schools.
  • *Note: The bill is now in the Senate Finance Committee where there is talk of re?instatingthe shiftofthepensioncontribution.

    II. House Bill 202 -Retire Rehire Legislation
    House Bill 202, introduced on April 12, 2011, by Representative Richard Hollington (R-Chagrin Falls) would reduce the pension payment of any person who receives retirement benefits from a public pension system and is employed in a position covered by one of Ohio’s public pension plans.

    SB 165 School Curriculum (Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township) Includes content
    on specified historical documents in the state academic standards and in the high school American history and govermnent curriculum. Introduced May 3. (See HB 211

    B 146 Teacher Tax Credit (Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster) Allows a credit against the personal income tax for amounts spent by teachers for instructional materials. Introduced on April 12, this bill is assigned to the Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee.

    HB 155 School Bullying (Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo) Enacts the “Jessica Logan Act” to require that public school bullying policies prohibit bullying by electronic means and address certainactsthatoccur offschoolpropertyandrequires stafftrainingonthe bullying policy. HB ISS is a companion bill to SB 127 and is in the House Education Committee.

    HB 157 Dyslexia Education (Kirk Schuring, R-Canton) Authorizes educational service centers to provide teacher professional development on dyslexia. Introduced March IS, the bill is in the Education Committee.

    HB 191 Length of School Year (Bill Hayes, R-Harrison Township) Establishes a minimum School year based on hours ofinstruction rather than days as follows: each school so provided and each chartered nonpublic school shall be open for instruction with pupils in attendance, including scheduled classes, supervised activities, and approved education options but excluding lunch and breakfast periods and extracurricular activities, for not less than four hundred eighty hours in the case of pupils in kindergarten unless such pupils are provided all-day kindergarten, as defined in section 3321.05 ofthe Revised Code, in which case the pupils shall be in attendance for nine hundred sixty hours; nine hundred sixty hours in the case ofpupils in grades one through six; and one thousand fifty hours in the case ofpupils in grades seven through twelve in each school year.

    This bill was introduced April 7 and assigned to the House Education Committee. Similar bills have been introduced in previous General Assemblies.

    HB 205 Community Schools (Tim Derickson, R-Oxford) Permits the establishment of hybrid community schools that provide both remote teclmology-based and classroom?based instruction. Introduced April 20.

    HB 208 School Bullying (Michael Stinziano, D-Columbus) Requires that school anti?bullying policies prohibit harassment, intimidation, or bullying that is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of a student. Introduced April 20.

Dale Ridenour, AD and OIAAA Hall of Famer Passes Away

Dale Ridenour, Athletic Director at Lemon-Monroe HS passed away on Tuesday April 12. Dale was the AD at Monroe for thirty-two years. He entered the OIAAA Hall of Fame in 2000. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

NFHS Coaching Available Online February 1st

Publication of the NFHS Coaches Quarterly ended with the Winter 2010 issue. Effective February 2011, the new NFHS Coaching Today will be available

All high school coaches and other leaders in high school sports will be able to access NFHS Coaching Today at www.nfhs.org and www.nfhslearn.com
on February 1, 2011.

NFHS Coaching Today will have its own Web page and will be updated on a regular basis. Major feature articles, department columns and sport-specific articles will be updated monthly. Coaching tips, facts, quotes and other helpful information will be provided on a daily and weekly basis. Topics such as coach-athlete relationship, sport specialization, proper nutrition, motivating athletes, coaching life skills, dealing with media, injury prevention and structuring practice will be addressed in the first few months.

Glenn Edward Moberly Sr., educator and coach, passes away

Glenn Edward Moberly Sr., 69, of Buford, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 at the Batavia Nursing Care Center.

He was born May 19, 1941 in Buford, the son of the late Lawrence and Harriett Louise Shoemaker Moberly.

Mr. Moberly was a 1959 graduate of Buford High School and a 1966 graduate of Morehead State University. He taught and coached for more than 33 years with his career beginning at Jefferson High School in Adams County. He later moved to the Bright Local Schools and completed his career with 26 years in the Lynchburg-Clay Local School District. He was not only an educator, but also a coach his entire career and was recognized for his efforts by being named and inducted into the Ohio Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame. In addition to his coaching for the schools, he also served as director and coach of the Buford Knothole Association.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Shaw Moberly, whom he married June 1, 1968 at the Buford Church of Christ; one daughter, Jeanna Moberly (Danny) Morgan of Hillsboro; three sons, Glenn “JR” (Katie) Moberly Jr. of Hillsboro, James “Jamie” (Serena) Moberly of Pricetown and Jason (Samantha) Moberly of Buford; 13 grandchildren; three brothers, Larry (Erma) Moberly of Lynchburg, Eugene Moberly of Buford and Gerald (Teresa) Moberly of Buford; one sister-in-law, Linda Moberly of Buford; mother-in-law, June Shaw Stephan of Mount Orab; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, David James Moberly; one brother, Ronald Moberly; one nephew, Brandon “Bo” Moberly; and his father-in-law, Earl Shaw.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Davis-Turner Funeral Home in Lynchburg. Burial will follow in the Buford Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227.

To send condolences to the family, visit www.turnerfuneralhomes.cc.

Longtime Hillsboro AD and OIAAA Hall of Famer dies at age 77

David L. Larimer, 77, of Hillsboro, died Saturday, March 6, 2010 at his residence.

He was born May 5, 1932 in Clarksburg, W.Va., the son of the late Frank and Irene Norman Larimer. Mr. Larimer was a graduate of Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg, W.Va., received his bachelor of science degree from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va., his masters degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. and continued his education receiving graduate hours form the University of Cincinnati and Miami University.

He served as an educator, coach and administrator for more than 31 years in Ohio. He had been a teacher and coach at Ansonia High School from 1955-1958, teacher and coach at Frankfort High School from 1958-1966, high school principal and athletic director at Felicity-Franklin High School from 1966-1969 and high school assistant principal and athletic director at Hillsboro High School from 1969-1986.

He also worked 16 summers as an Ohio park ranger for the Department of Natural Resources. He served in many professional positions including president of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic Directors, secretary of the Ohio High School Athletic Directors, vice president of the Ohio High School Athletic Directors, president of the Ohio High School Athletic Directors and liaison person of the Ohio Athletic Directors to the national association.

He also served as basketball tournament manager for 14 years and a baseball tournament manager for 16 years.

In 1965, Mr. Larimer was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, in 1979 he was named the Ohio High School Athletic Director of the Year, in 1982 he was inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Directors Hall of Fame and in 1983 was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

He was a member and past secretary of the Hillsboro Benevolent and Protective Order Elks 361 and the United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Geso Larimer, whom he married Aug. 20, 1955 in Clarksburg, W.Va.; two sons, David (Linda) Larimer of St. Louis, Mo. and Gary (Debi) Larimer of Johnson City Tenn.; one daughter, Cathy (Ben) Teeters of Hillsboro; and three grandchildren, Ross, Andrea and Mary Jo Larimer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jean Cornett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillsboro Recreation Commission, P.O. Box 158, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133; or Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

To send condolences to the family, visit www.turnerfuneralhomes.cc.

NIAAA to Present Seven Distinguished Service Awards

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Seven individuals who have made outstanding contributions to interscholastic athletics have been named recipients of the 2009 Distinguished Service Awards given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

These individuals will be honored December 15 in Dallas, Texas, during the banquet at the 40th annual National Athletic Directors Conference conducted jointly by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NIAAA.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to individuals from within the NIAAA membership in recognition of their length of service, special accomplishments and contributions to
interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels. Nominations are submitted by state athletic director associations, screened by the NIAAA Awards Committee, and selected by the NIAAA Board of Directors.

This year’s winners include Maurice “Bud” Campbell, retired athletic director, Murray (Utah) High School; Barbara Deichl, CAA, retired athletic director, Waterford (Wisconsin) Union High School; Dennis Fries, CAA, retired district athletic director, West Irondequoit (New York) Central School District; Paige Hershey, CMAA, director of athletics, Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, Texas; Mike Maghan, CMAA, athletic director/assistant principal, McNary High School, Keizer, Oregon; Michael Purdy, CAA, executive director, Nebraska State Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association; and Bill Schumacher, CMAA, athletic director, Richfield (Ohio) Revere High School.

Following are the biographical sketches of this year’s award winners:

Maurice “Bud” Campbell, former athletic director at Murray (Utah) High School, is now retired after an outstanding 28-year career as an athletic administrator. Prior to entering athletic
administration, Campbell coached football, basketball and baseball and was selected Baseball Coach of the Year in 1967, 1968 and 1971.

Campbell was a huge contributor to the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (UIAAA), serving as chair of the UIAAA Publications Committee and the UIAAA Board of Directors. He was UIAAA president in 2007-08 and past president in 2008-09.

Campbell has received numerous awards from the UIAAA, including Athletic Director of the Year in 1997, and induction into the UIAAA Hall of Fame in 2001. Currently, Campbell continues his work as president of the UIAAA Retired Athletic Directors Association, which he has done for eight years.

Campbell was active in providing athletic opportunities to the community and organized numerous camps and clinics to reach kids. He has hosted basketball camps in conjunction with the National
Basketball Association, and was the director and host of the Utah Junior Jazz Clinic for six years. Many of the camps helped support the Murray athletic budget.

Campbell also was involved in numerous civic activities, including the Boy Scouts of America (B.S.A.), where he has served as a scoutmaster for 34 years. He has served on the B.S.A. Council Executive Board and Council Leadership Board. He received the Silver Beaver Award and the district Award of Merit.

Barbara Deichl, CAA, retired as athletic director at Waterford (Wisconsin) Union High School this past June after 17 years in the position. She was a teacher for 30 years at Union High School and served as the head volleyball coach for 19 years, the girls basketball coach for 10 years and the head track and field coach for two years.

Three of Deichl’s volleyball teams qualified for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) state championship. As an assistant basketball coach in 1985, Deichl helped Waterford Union win the WIAA state championship.

While athletic director at Waterford, Deichl wrote a “Coaches Handbook,” established three additional varsity sports, and started a Three-W Award for three-sport varsity athletes.

Deichl has been active in many professional organizations. She served on the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association (WADA) Board of Directors for 12 years, and was one of four regional mentor coordinators for southeast Wisconsin. She was the first woman to serve as president of the WADA in 2002, and was a member of the first WADA Strategic Plan Committee.

Deichl has served on the WIAA Volleyball Coaches Advisory Board and the WIAA Sports Advisory Board, where she was chairperson for two years. She was tournament manager for numerous WIAA regional and sectional tournaments, including sectionals in gymnastics, track, wrestling and golf.

Diechl, who earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and her master’s from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, has served on the NIAAA Credentials Committee and has been NIAAA liaison for Wisconsin five years. She has attended 10 national conferences and has served on the NIAAA Delegate Assembly five times.

Dennis Fries, CAA, who earned master’s degrees in both education and educational administration from Brockport (New York) State College, retired in 2006 after 39 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the West Irondequoit Central School District in New York.

From 1984 to 2006, Fries was district director of physical education and athletics in West Irondequoit. After his first two years with the district, Fries was promoted to assistant athletic director, a position he held for 15 years before becoming district director.

Fries has taught workshops at state and national athletic administrators conferences regarding Internet surfing, computer office program management and personal data assistant use.

At the state level, Fries served as president of the New York State
Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA) in 1996-97, and has
been the organization’s treasurer since 1998. From 1987 to 1996,
Fries was the Section V representative to the NYSAAA, and he was
president of the NYSAAA’s Chapter 5 from 1989 to 1991. In 1992,
Fries was named Section V Athletic Administrator of the Year, and a
year later, he received the Section V Distinguished Service Award.
In recognition of his achievements in athletic administration, Fries
received the New York State Director of Physical Education of the
Year award in 1998.

Fries has served as the executive director since 1997 and as
treasurer since 1989 of Operation Offense, Inc., a national,
award-winning drug and alcohol prevention program for scholastic
athletes. He served on the NIAAA Board of Directors from 2002 to
2006, culminating with a one-year term as president. He served six
years on the NIAAA Publications Committee from 1997 to 2003 and was
selected to the Finance Committee of the third NIAAA Strategic Plan
in 2009. Since 2004, Fries has been co-director of the Section 1
NIAAA Summer LTC Institute.

Among his other awards, Fries received the NIAAA State Award of
Merit in 2000 and the NFHS Citation in 2003.

Paige Hershey, CMAA, has served the Spring Branch Independent School
District in Houston, Texas since 1984. She was a highly successful
girls basketball coach for 14 years at Spring Woods High School, and
also coached softball, cross country and volleyball.

In 2001, Hershey was appointed director of athletics for the Spring
Branch Independent School District. She oversees athletic programs
for seven middle schools, as well as high school volleyball,
basketball and softball. She handles staff development for 200
coaches and is responsible for hiring all new coaches.

Since 2007, Hershey has served as site director and chair of the
planning committee for the Texas Girls’ Coaches
Association-University Interscholastic League (UIL) Houston Team
Sports Clinic. She also has been tournament director for UIL
regional volleyball and basketball tournaments for eight years.

Hershey has been involved with athletic administration on the state
level for many years. In 2003, she served on the registration
committee at the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association
state conference, and in 2006, she worked on the state conference’s
planning committee. As a state faculty member for Leadership
Training Courses since 2006, Hershey has also contributed her
talents by educating other athletic directors.

Hershey has continued her dedication to interscholastic athletics
through her involvement with the NIAAA. She served on the NIAAA
Publications Committee for four years, and is currently vice chair
of Leadership Training Course 511. She is a member of the Leadership
Training National Faculty and has had several articles published in
Interscholastic Athletic Administration magazine.

After a highly successful 14-year coaching career, Mike Maghan,
CMAA, has become one of Oregon’s top high school athletic directors
and is a state and national leader in the promotion of coaches

Since 1995, Maghan has served as assistant principal/athletic
director at McNary High School in Keizer, Oregon, after six years in
a similar position at Dallas (Oregon) High School. He started his
career as a teacher, coach and athletic director for four years at
Sacred Heart Academy in Salem and 10 years in a similar position at
Gervais Union High School. Overall, he has been a high school
athletic director for 31 years.

During his coaching career, Maghan led the girls basketball and
girls softball teams to Oregon state championships. He has named
1987 Oregonian A/AA Coach of the Year and he was chosen 1988 Girls
Basketball Coach of the Year by the Oregon High School Coaches

Maghan, past president of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association,
has tirelessly promoted and supported coaches education in Oregon.
He is responsible for the certification of more than 4,000 coaches
and 300 leadership trainers throughout the state, and he was also
instrumental in securing $50,000 in funding from the Oregon
Legislature to help with funding of coach education programs.
Maghan, former chair of the NFHS Coach Education Committee, is also
leading efforts with the NFHS Coach Education program in Oregon
through coordinated instructor training and course scheduling for
the entire state. He was instrumental in the development of the NFHS
Fundamentals of Coaching Instructor Guide.

In addition to his coaching awards, Maghan was selected Oregon
Athletic Director of the Year in 2004 and, in 2005, he received the
NIAAA State Award of Merit. Earlier this year, he was the recipient
of the NFHS Coach Educator Award. Maghan earned his bachelor’s
degree from Oregon State University and his master’s from Oregon
College of Education.

After an outstanding 17-year career as activities director at
Bellevue (Nebraska) East High School, Michael Purdy, CAA, has served
as executive director of the Nebraska State Interscholastic Athletic
Administrators Association (NSIAAA) since 2004.

Purdy began his career as a teacher in 1974 at Bellevue (Nebraska)
Logan Fontelle Junior High School. He later served as dean of
students, athletic director and assistant principal. Purdy, who
received his bachelor’s degree from Emporia (Kansas) State
University and his master’s from the University of Nebraska, is
active in the Bellevue community and received the Champions of
Children Award in honor of his contributions.

Among his achievements at the state level, Purdy serves on the
Nebraska School Activities Association’s (NSAA) Sportsmanship
Committee and as membership coordinator for the NSIAAA Board of
Directors from 1996 to 2001. He was NSIAAA president from 2002 to
2004, prior to assuming the position of executive director.

Purdy, who has been a member of the NIAAA for 20 years, hosted many
NSAA district contests at Bellevue East, served as tournament
director of the NSAA State Baseball Championship and has worked the
state track meet for 22 years. Purdy has been appointed to the
National Conference Advisory Committee and is a member of the
National Executive Directors Council.

Purdy’s dedication to interscholastic athletics at the local, state
and national levels has earned him many accolades. In 2002, Purdy
received the NIAAA State Award of Merit and, in 2005, he was honored
with the NSAA Distinguished Service Award.

Currently the athletic director at Richfield (Ohio) Revere High
School, Bill Schumacher, CMAA has many accomplishments during his
28-year career as an athletic administrator. While athletic director
at Beachwood (Ohio) High School, Schumacher made many improvements
to the school, including a new all-weather track, new bleachers, a
new weight room, new softball and soccer fields, and major
renovations to its two gyms.

In addition to his accomplishments at Beachwood and Revere,
Schumacher has dedicated much of his time to the Northeast Ohio
Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NEOIAAA). He
has been a member of the NEOIAAA Executive Board since 1995 and has
chaired several committees. Schumacher has served on the Ohio High
School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Northeast District Athletic
Board since 1997.

Schumacher, who has received both his CAA and CMAA certifications,
was a member of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators
Association (OIAAA) Executive Board from 1999 to 2007. From 1999 to
2000, he was president of the OHSAA Board of Control, and in 2003,
Schumacher served a two-year term as OIAAA president. Schumacher
also taught various Leadership Training Courses (LTC) at several
OIAAA conferences.

During his 18 years as an NIAAA member, Schumacher was a delegate to
the National Athletic Directors Conferences from 1999 to 2007 and
was a member of the LTC national faculty. For eight years, he was
the Ohio contact for the NIAAA National Emergency Network.

Schumacher, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from John
Carroll (Ohio) University, has received several well-deserved
awards, including the NEOIAAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2000,
the OIAAA Athletic Administrator of the Year in 2002, and the
NEOIAAA Award of Merit in 2003.

ASSOCIATION (NIAAA): The NIAAA is the largest national organization
for high school athletic administrators with more than 7,000
individual members. The NIAAA consists of athletic director
organizations in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and
provides an efficient system for exchange of ideas between the
National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and
state athletic administrators organizations as well as individual
athletic administrators. The NIAAA, located in Indianapolis,
Indiana, strives to preserve the educational nature of
interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the
curricula of schools. The NIAAA is a full and equal partner with the

About the National Federation of State High School Associations
(NFHS) thee NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership
organization for high school sports and fine arts activities. Since
1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based
interscholastic sports and fine arts activities that help students
succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by
building awareness and support, improving the participation
experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for
competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and
activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and
girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state
associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more
than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school
activity programs, including more than 7.5 million in high school
sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic
activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions
interstate events; produces publications for high school coaches,
officials and athletic directors; sponsors professional
organizations for high school coaches, officials, spirit coaches,
speech and debate coaches and music adjudicators; and serves as a
national information resource of interscholastic athletics and
activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at