“Award of Excellence” Announced for Ohio Schools

January 27, 2020

To: Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators

Ohio High School Principals

Ohio Media


From: Bruce Brown

OIAAA Executive Director

RE: “Award of Excellence” Announced for Ohio Schools

The Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA), in collaboration with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), is proud to announce the sixth year of the “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE” for Ohio athletic administrators and their respective athletic departments.  The focus of this 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 education-based athletic programming.  Specifically, this award recognizes schools that demonstrate intentional efforts to shift the culture of school-based sport programs on an on-going process.


“Our school-based athletic programs have always had the purpose of supporting and paralleling the educational mission of our respective school communities”, stated current OIAAA president, Rick Guimond, athletic administration, Athnes High School.  “Over time, the vision of school athletic teams and competition needs to be retold and focused so all stakeholders can best realize the life-time benefits of educational athletics.”


The OIAAA will again partner with the OHSAA to provide recognition opportunities for schools who demonstrate intentional strategies in promoting the educational values associated with interscholastic athletics.  The OHSAA, who similarly promotes education-based standards in the mission of school-based sport programs, will help spotlight those schools who meet the “Award of Excellence” criteria by honoring selected schools at upcoming OHSAA state championship venues.

Criteria and data submission information for this award is currently posted on the OIAAA website:   


 Recipients of the “Award of Excellence” will be honored at the Ohio Boys State Basketball Championships, March 19-21 at the Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University.  

 Ohio school athletic directors, principals and superintendents have been sent award criteria and are being encouraged to forward data per the instructions on the link.  For additional information, contact OIAAA Executive Director, Bruce Brown at oiaaa.brucebrown@gmail.com


2019 OIAAA State Conference Presentations

“Impacting School Culture with Unified Sports”, Erich Frombach, Avon High School and Josh Messersmith, Director of Health and Unified Strategies

“Building Relationships within the School Community”, Mike Elder, Director of Human Resources and Head Football Coach, Avon HS

“College Recruiting through the Eyes of the A.D.: Kevin Leigh, CAA, Parma Padua HS

“Leadership Opportunities with your Student-Athletes”, Barb Salata, CAA, Walsh Jesuit HS, Randy Tevepaugh, CMAA, Streetsboro HS: Randy’s Presentation, Barb’s Presentation 

“OHSAA Transfer and Eligibility Updates”: Dr. Deborah Moore, Ms. Roxanne Price and Kristin Ronai, OHSAA Staff

“Care, Maintenance & Time Management of the Athletic Director”: Bryan Koury, Lorain High School and Ryan Peters, Beechwood High School

The NEOIAAA puts on another successful conference and banquet…

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

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

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

The OHSAA also provided us with the Town Hall and Referendum Update.  Thank you to Dr. Deborah Moore and OHSAA Commissioner Jerry Snodgrass for presenting at our conference and providing critical updates from the state office.

Lastly, a special thank you to Phil Cassella for all of his help and organizational efforts in putting on this year’s conference. Phil announced his retirement this year as Treasurer of the NEOIAAA.  In honor of Phil, the NEOIAAA Scholarship will now be named the Phil Cassella Scholarship.  Thank you Phil for our your years of service!  You will be missed!

To view award winners, go to http://neoiaaa.org/


Three Ohio high school athletic departments have been selected to receive the Annual “Award of Excellence” recognition in 2019.  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.


Recipients of this year’s award are Findlay High School (Nate Weihrauch, athletic administrator), Loveland High School (Brian Conaster, athletic administrator) and Woodridge High School (Nick Mayer, 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 education-based athletic programs as an on-going process.


Jerry Snodgrass, Executive Director of the OHSAA, Bo Hanson, President of the OIAAA and Bruce Brown, 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 ‘Award of Excellence’ have demonstrated a consistent and well- developed plan to keep the 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, education-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 classroom
  • School athletic programs have courts, fields, tracks, pools and courses as teaching classrooms


Each of the recipient high schools will be honored during the 2019 Ohio Boys State Basketball Championships on Friday, March 22nd at halftime of the 6:00 p.m. Division I state basketball semi-finals at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.  For additional details on the “Award of Excellence” criteria, go to:









October 7, 2016

To:          Area Media and Ohio Athletic Directors

From:    Bruce Brown, OIAAA Executive Director

RE:          “FinalForms/OIAAA First-Time Member Scholarships”


The Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA), in partnership with FinalForms, has announced the selection of four “scholarships” to deserving Ohio athletic administrators.  The scholarships will cover the registration for each athletic director to the 2016 OIAAA State Conference (November 13-15 in Columbus) along with covering the fees for their 2016-2017 Dual Membership to OIAAA and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

OIAAA Executive Director, Bruce Brown, stated, “We have enjoyed a very positive relationship with FinalForms over the past three years as they have been one of our key conference sponsors.  More importantly, our Ohio athletic directors, and their respective school districts, have been supported by the services FinalForms provide in making data gathering and mass communications more efficient among parents, students and schools.”

“Our mission extends beyond our customers”, stated Clay Burnett, President of FinalForms.  “We strive to empower athletic directors by helping them increase knowledge, improve offerings and impact their students.  By helping these four scholarship recipients attend the OIAAA State Conference and become members of the OIAAA and NIAAA, we are helping make positive changes in these Ohio schools.”

This year’s recipients of the “FinalForms OIAAA Scholarships” are:

  • Ben George, Athletic Administrator, Patrick Henry HS
  • Chip King, Athletic Administrator, Waynesville HS
  • Todd Smith, Assistant Athletic Administrator, Richmond Edison Schools
  • Richard Stephens, Athletic Administrator & Assistant Principal, Patriot River Valley HS

For additional information regarding the OIAAA, go to www.oiaaa.org

For additional information regarding FinalForms, go to www.finalforms.com