Remembering our friend and colleague; Bruce Brown

OIAAA Executive Director, Bruce Brown

It is with great sadness that we share that our dear friend & colleague Bruce Brown passed away today. Bruce’s impact on interscholastic athletics in Ohio and the OIAAA will live on forever.  He made a profound and lasting impact on everyone he worked with.   We are all better people for knowing him.

Rest In Peace, Bruce. You will be missed.

Go to!/Obituary to view his obiturary.

OIAAA Proposal: Consideration for OIAAA Assistant Executive Director

Consideration for
OIAAA Assistant Executive Director

Rationale: With the OIAAA’s growth into one of the largest state athletic administrators’ association in the nation,the day-to-day oversight of membership and provision of services has grown exponentially. As such, the position of Assistant Executive Director is meant to enhance and provide greater service to the organization and its membership.

Purpose: Provide support to the OIAAA Executive Director, the Officers and the Board of Directors in the operation of the OIAAA. It is intended that the Assistant Executive Director assume the duties as assigned by the Board of Directors and assume the role of the Executive Director in his/her absence or until such time as the Board identifies additional position needs.

The position of Assistant Executive Director would include, but not be limited to, the following duties:

Minimum Expectations:

 Has served a minimum of five years as an OIAAA member with at least two years of service at the District or Executive Board levels of the OIAAA.

 Has served a minimum of five years as a full-time interscholastic athletic administrator.  Has familiarity with OIAAA collegial associations: OHSAA, OASSA, BASA, OSBA.

 Has a working knowledge with technology inclusive of, but not limited to MS Office Suite, Google Suite,
Outlook, Zoom/Google/Other Video Conferencing and FinalForms.

 Has a working knowledge of audio-visual equipment and technology.

 Has ability to manage social media to advance the association’s presence on both a local and national

 Knowledgeable of working relationship among OIAAA Districts, OIAAA State and NIAAA organizations
Organizational Responsibilities:

 Oversees the development and coordination of the Annual OIAAA State Conference
 Works with the Executive Director in the coordination and marketing of the OIAAA
Partnership/Sponsorship program.

 Assists with the Membership Chairperson and coordination of membership rosters with OIAAA Treasurer

 Assumes additional duties as assigned by the Executive Director and the Executive Board

Time requirements:

 Attendance at all Executive Board of Directors meetings

 Attendance at OIAAA State Conference
 Attendance at NIAAA National Conference
 Attendance at NIAAA Section meeting
 Engagement at OIAAA Summer Institute
 Ability to respond to leadership and membership needs as necessary


 Conference registrations at OIAAA and NIAAA Conferences

 Lodging at OIAAA, NIAAA and Section 2 conferences/meetings

 Mileage (per IRS rate) for all required association meetings

 Additional travel reimbursements to conferences as approved by the Board of Directors

In Process (see “Succession Process” notes, below):

 Qualified applicants will submit a letter of interest  Include a resume which highlights candidate’s meeting minimum and position expectations

 Deadline for application will be (TBD).

OASSA Virtual Cheer & Dance Tryouts Guidance


We hope you are staying well and safe!

We have had recent emails asking for guidelines on how to hold cheer/dance tryouts for the upcoming season.  We strongly advise that the guidelines from Governor DeWine, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) are followed when deciding when and how to hold cheer/dance tryouts. Coaches are to partner with their Superintendent, Principal and AD to decide on the best option for your school.  When making this decision, please keep in mind the health and safety of everyone involved is the number one priority.  Listed below are a few options:

  • We strongly recommend, as well as ODE, “virtual” is the safest approach.  If you choose to hold virtual tryouts, OASSA will offer an article from Bricker and Eckler, our legal counsel that can be used as guidance when planning tryouts. Find that doc here:
  • You may choose to wait and hold tryouts closer to the beginning of the school year.  By then, there is a chance to actually hold in person tryouts.  When you are ready to hold tryouts, ensure you follow the current guidelines from DeWine, ODH and ODE.
  • If you have another idea in mind on how to hold tryouts, you may do so as long it is approved by your Principal/AD and Superintendent and it follows the current guidelines from DeWine, ODH and ODE.

Please refer to the links below for further information and guidance:

We will continue to keep you all updated as new details are available.

Spring Daytime Webinar Sessions

Due to the unique circumstances our country is facing, many state athletic administrator association conferences have been cancelled. In response, the NIAAA has decided to institute a series of afternoon webinars to provide courses to our members that may be affected by these cancellations. These webinar sessions will take place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. or 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. beginning March 25. Please note that the NIAAA reserves the right to cancel or delay these course offerings at any time in correspondence with the regulations surrounding COVID-19.

Each webinar will last four consecutive hours and participants must be present for the entirety of the session to receive credit. Refunds and/or credit will not be given to participants that miss more than fifteen minutes of the session.

The cost per webinar is $125 for NIAAA members and $210 for non-members. Please note that our office is closed and we are only able to accept payment via credit card.



Course Times:
All courses begin at 1:00 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted

LTC 719 – March 25
LTC 630 – March 26
LTC 631 – March 27
LTC 633 – March 30
LTC 709 – March 31
LTC 715 – April 1
LTC 901 – April 2 (7 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
LTC 902 – April 3 (7 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
LTC 608 – April 6
LTC 726 – April 7
LTC 620 – April 8
LTC 510 – April 9
LTC 705 – April 10

2020 Spring Webinars

Online registration is available until: 4/3/2020 go to to register

We are pleased to announce our spring webinar dates for LTC 501, 502, 504, 506, 508, 625, 700, 701, 706 & 799! All webinars have two sessions that must be attended in order to receive credit.

All participants must sit the required time for both sessions of the class to receive credit. At least one session must be attended live. Refunds and/or credit will not be given to participants that miss both live presentations of the sessions. Click here to view all NIAAA webinar policies.

Each webinar is $125 for NIAAA members and $210 for non-members.

Course Times:

All courses begin at 7:30 PM EST

LTC 501 Wednesdays.    March 18 & 25

LTC 502 Tuesdays          March 31 & April 7

LTC 504 Thursdays        April 2 & 9

LTC 506 Mondays          March 16 & 23

LTC 508 Mondays          March 30 & April 6

LTC 625 Tuesdays          March 10 & 17

LTC 700 Wednesdays    April 1 & 8

LTC 701 Thursdays        April 2 & 9

LTC 706 Mondays          March 30 & April 6

LTC 799 Thursdays         March 19 & 26

Courses will be taught by trained and experienced faculty. Each class will be two-120 minute sessions, taught on two consecutive Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings.

Equipment Needed:

All webinars are taught on the Zoom platform. Please use this link to create a free account if you do not already have one:

Students may take the course via a laptop, desktop or tablet. The course will be visual and audio based. A chat room is available for students to message questions to the instructor and other attendees. Please see the NIAAA Webinar Policies for further information.

Registration & Payment:

Each webinar course is $125 for NIAAA members and $210 for non-members. If you are unable to pay online, please contact

Registration and payment deadline for all classes is due a minimum of 3 business days before the first session. All unpaid registrations will not be sent information on how to join the course. Course manual and login instructions will be sent to you through our system automatically after the payment payment is processed.


Students must participate in both sessions (according to the webinar policies) to receive credit. If you must miss one of the two sessions, you will be required to view the recording of the missed session. If you miss both sessions, the option for make-up will not be given. Upon completing both sessions, you will receive an email with a link to the course evaluation. An acknowledgment of course completion will be made available in the Professional Development section of the member portal once both sessions are complete.

Contact: Nellie Crocker ( 317-587-1450 x4

Download the Attendify App for OIAAA Conference


Download the Attendify App

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The 2019 OIAAA State Conference app is now available for downloading and has begun sharing important updates and information on the upcoming conference. Go to your App Store and find the ATTENDIFY mobile app!  Once you download the app, type “OIAAA” in the Search Events field and then select the OIAAA 2019 State Conference and click “Join”. It’s that simple, and its FREE!

The mobile app will make it easy for you to connect with other attendees and have access to the agenda, speakers, maps and important push messages from the OIAAA during your time in Columbus.

To download on your Apple or Android device, please visit this link: 

Make sure to use the Twitter hashtag #OIAAA19 and follow OIAAA’s official handle @ohioiaaa.  We’re encouraging all conference attendees and exhibitors to share photos, questions and comments on the #OIAAA19 hashtag so we can make this year’s event more interactive than ever.  Also, if you do not have a Twitter account, our mobile app does have a Twitter section where you can still follow all the activity.

This year’s state conference is just a few days away and promises to be our BEST EVER!  C U in C-Bus!

Positive Coaching Alliance and OIAAA Partnership

September 9, 2019

To: All Area Media

From: Ryan Virtue, Positive Coaching Alliance

Bruce Brown, OIAAA


CLEVELAND – Positive Coaching Alliance-Cleveland and the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) are pleased to announce a new partnership effective September 9.  This strategic partnership has been developed to provide additional support to OIAAA members specifically as it relates to enhancing culture development and elevating the social-emotional learning opportunities that co-curricular athletics presents. 

PCA-Cleveland is one of 18 chapters of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that provides live in-person and online tools, resources and training for athletics leaders, coaches, parents and athletes that directly align with each individual schools’ mission.  As a leading professional development nonprofit association for high school administrators, the OIAAA is comprised primarily of athletic administrators of secondary schools in the state of Ohio. It was formed for the purpose of supporting and improving Interscholastic athletics and programs which enhance the development of young student-athletes, the professional inter-relationship between athletic administrators and other supervisory personnel.  The OIAAA also provides educational opportunities and channels of communication for its members.

“The missions of the Positive Coaching Alliance and the OIAAA could not be in more alignment.” said Ryan Virtue, Partnership Manager for PCA Cleveland. “Through this partnership, we have a tremendous opportunity to increase dialogue and provide valuable tools to assist education-based administrators in proactively addressing some of the biggest challenges they face in their roles.  It’s important to address current challenges facing athletic administrators; however we also have the opportunity to work with them proactively to address many of those issues within the youth sports environment before athletes and families even reach high school.”

PCA-Cleveland Board Chair, Neil Weiss, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Cleveland Indians added “Culture is everything to any sports organization at any level of competition.  Whether you are working with youth, high school, collegiate or professional athletes there is a significant level of importance in establishing environments where leadership, reasoning and social-emotional learning are at the forefront of player development. This partnership with the OIAAA will allow significant expansion of that mindset throughout the state of Ohio.”

Bruce Brown, Executive Director of the OIAAA, stated, “The mission of our organization has been to deliver best practice resources to and promote the professional development of the school administrators who coordinate and oversee interscholastic athletics in Ohio schools.  The collaboration with PCA-Cleveland allows us to enhance those resources for our members while strengthening the support of the purpose and vision of what sports can provide for the overall development of children.”

With the launch of this partnership, throughout the month of September, PCA is offering current partner/renewal pricing for PCA live workshops to any OIAAA member schools.  Any interested parties should request more information at  As the partnership develops, OIAAA members will also have access to continuing educational opportunities during OIAAA state and regional conferences. Specific PCA tools and resources will also be made available through the OIAAA AD Toolbox.

About the OIAAA

The Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association was founded in 1956 to provide a professional organization in Ohio for interscholastic athletic administrators. From its beginning, the OIAAA was established to create an exchange forum of best practice for the oversight and enhancement of education-based athletic programs in Ohio schools. 

Services performed by the OIAAA include (but not limited to): 

  • Certified professional development for athletic administrators
  • Professional forums for current athletic issue solutions.
  • Exchange of professional literature, ideas and training programs.
  • Marketing of and public relations for the development of education-based athletic programs.
  • Endorsement of ethical standards in interscholastic athletics.
  • Support and development of sportsmanship in athletics. 

The OIAAA is dedicated to the advancement of interscholastic, education-based athletic programs in Ohio. They are a non-profit (501c3) organization.

For more information on the OIAAA, please contact Executive Director, Bruce Brown at or 330-352-9848.

About PCA-Cleveland

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE.


Youth sports currently involves 40M children, which presents a tremendous platform on which to develop youth character and life skills. Research has shown that in order for youth to accrue these benefits from sports, sports needs to be done in a way that creates a positive youth development culture. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have an impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school:

  • Youth experience improved life skills and character development.  They also perform better!
  • Coaches become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons.
  • Youth Sports Organizations & Schools see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun.


Since its founding in 1998, PCA has established 18 chapters nationwide, partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, reaching 19.2 million youth. PCA offers interactive online courses and has thousands of multimedia tips and tools for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders available free of charge on PCA also runs two annual awards programs: a scholarship program for high school student-athletes and a coach award program to recognize youth and high school coaches who strive to win and teach life lessons.


PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board of elite coaches, professional and Olympic athletes, organization leaders, and academics who share PCA’s mission including Dusty Baker, Carol Dweck, Herm Edwards, Julie Foudy, Phil Jackson, and Steve Kerr. PCA is proud to partner with more than 50 national governing bodies, youth serving organizations and professional leagues and teams including Boys & Girls Club of America, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and US Lacrosse.


The Cleveland Chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance was founded in 2011 by then General Manager of the Cleveland Indians and current President/General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, Mark Shapiro.

To learn more about Positive Coaching Alliance, or to become involved in the movement contact Ryan Virtue, PCA-Cleveland Partnership Manager at or 440-465-6552.