Ten veteran contest officials were honored Saturday at the AHSAA Officials Awards luncheon held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. The banquet was the final event of the 19th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
Paul Bright of Anniston, a veteran of 49 years in officiating topped the list of 10 – that totaled 413 years of officiating between them. The others recognized with Distinguished Service plaques were Bill Minor, Selma (48); Marshall Aday, Florence (45); Louie Adkison, Selma (45); Mike Newman, Fayette (41); Claude Grant, Florence (40); Ed Stringer, Tuscaloosa (40); Keiron Morkin, Florence (38); Mike Pretnar,Hoover (36); and Tracy Deal, Troy (31).
“We are honored to be able to recognize these officials who have spent so much of their lives working with the AHSAA, our coaches and student athletes,” said Greg Brewer, AHSAA Director of Officials. “These men deserve our sincere appreciation for their dedication and long-time service.”
The banquet also recognized AHSAA contest officials who worked championship events in 2014-15 and Brewer announced the AHSAA District and State Officials of the Year. Joe Dean, Jr., was the keynote speaker for the luncheon banquet.
Eight active contest officials were named Official of the Year for 2014-15 in their respective sports: Baseball: Ken Helms, Southeast District; Basketball: Jason Jones; Northeast District; Football: Tim Dees, Southwest District; Soccer: Tim Barron, Northwest District; Softball: Kim Guy, South Central District; Track: Randy Yarbrough, North Central District; Volleyball: Amber Martin, North Central District; Wrestling: Archie Best, Southwest District.
District officials of the year were also selected.
Baseball: Ray Tanner; Basketball: Bridges Anderson; Football: Tim Dees; Soccer: George Engelman; Softball: Rick Mularz; Track: Laura Ellis; Volleyball: Bernie Dorman; Wrestling: Archie Best.
Baseball: Ken Helms; Basketball: Velton Robinson; Football: Kevin Bryan; Soccer: Jason Palfreeman; Softball: Billy Hughes; Track: John Hargray; Volleyball: Pamela Bratcher; Wrestling: None.
SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT
Baseball: Chris Washington; Basketball: Pete Daniels; Football: Mike Miller; Soccer: Zach Kirkland: Softball: Kim Guy; Track: Adam Russell; Volleyball: Kenith Booker; Wrestling: Julian Wright.
WEST CENTRAL DISTRICT
Baseball: Johnny Caldwell; Basketball: Jeremy Rancher; Football: John Solomon; Soccer: None; Softball: Nichole Bruner; Track: Rodney Rowser; Volleyball: Marcy Thurman; Wrestling: None.
EAST CENTRAL DISTRICT
Baseball: Steve Gross; Basketball: Don Smith; Football: Mike McKenzie; Soccer: None; Softball: Josh Vest; Track: Richard Coleman; Volleyball: Epati Lilio; Wrestling: Steve Thomas.
NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT
Baseball: Tom Callahan; Basketball: Chuck Willis; Football: Ricky Tucker; Soccer: David Nicholson; Softball: Ronald Wilder; Track: Randy Yarbrough; Volleyball: Amber Martin; Wrestling: Todd Dewey.
Baseball: Chuck Tonini; Basketball: Jason Jones; Football: Brandon Schultz; Soccer: Jeff Gray; Softball: Dewane Shumate; Track: None; Volleyball: Tabatha Holt; Wrestling: Howard Phillips.
Baseball: Tim Bowers; Basketball: Brandon Oaks; Football: Allen Orman; Soccer: Tim Barron; Softball: Chris Liles; Track: Claborn Campbell; Volleyball: Nicole Fletcher; Wrestling: None.
State Finals Certificate Recipients 2014-15 School Year
Todd Agee Druid City
David Akins Druid City
Doug Baxter Metro-Montgomery
Justin Beam Sand Mountain
Tim Bowers Decatur
Ricky Bryan Colbert County
Tommy Colvin Druid City
Tony Combs Metro-Mobile
Kaleb Devier Southeast Alabama
John Ewing Alex City
Jessie Foster Alex City
Mike Norris Marengo County
Barry Ragsdale Etowah County
Alton Smith Decatur
Ben Smith Sand Mountain
Brad Smith Southeast Alabama
Greg Tanner Sand Mountain
Chuck Tonini Greater Huntsville
Lance Weems Shelby County
Wade Whitney Metro-Mobile
Dillon Wilson Southeast Alabama
Kelly Armstrong Mountain Valley
Ken Barnett Northwest Alabama
Kenith Booker Capital City
Wesley Brackett North Alabama
Curtis Brown Central Alabama
Karl Burns Metro-Birmingham
Joe Cameron Capital City
Elliott Carr JeffCo
Greg Childs Gadsden
Myron Coats Druid City
Allen Cone Tri-Central County
Shane Corbitt North Alabama
Felicia Cushenberry Birmingham
Ed Daniels Central Alabama
Mark Dearen Northwest Alabama
Stan Dixon Capital City
Marius Dockery North Alabama
Matt Driver Tennessee Valley
Katrina Evans Mobile County
Allen Gilbert Mount Cheaha
Russell Gordon Southeast Alabama
Sonja Hard Mountain Valley
Darrell Hargreaves Druid City
Clint Hawkins Tri-County
Carol Hughes Mobile County
Pat Jolly North Metro
Kristen Jones Metro-Birmingham
Joe Kyles Georgia/Alabama
Errol Lewis Jeffco
Nick Madsen Metro-Birmingham
Ben Mathison Central Alabama
Brian McCollum Walker County
Eric Mims Metro-Birmingham
Cindy Musselwhite North Alabama
Thomas Owens North Metro
Joe Pike Jeffco
Jay Reyes East Central
Scott Richards Jeffco
Bill Taylor Central Alabama
Richard Taylor Capital City
Acie Thomas Druid City
Victor Valentine Mobile County
Marvin Wesley North Alabama
Bill Young East Central
Kevin Anders Metro-Mobile
Jay Amos Gadsden
Trey Arnold East Alabama
Rickey Barrett North Alabama
David Bell North Alabama
Butch Brackin Southwest Alabama
Dexter Bright Selma
Charlie Brooks Mid-State
Matt Caldwell East Central
Jeff Cobb Birmingham
Fred Cody Metro-Tuscaloosa
David Cole Big East
Ira Collins East Alabama
Jason Copeland Gadsden
Brian Davis Decatur
Tommie Ellis Central Alabama
Don English Southwest Alabama
Jon Gibson Birmingham
Allen Gilbert Mid-East
Mark Jackson East Alabama
Jay Johnson Decatur
Chris Kaminski Tri-County
Luke Kyle Southeast Alabama
Chris Liles Tennessee Valley
Jay Logan Metro-Tuscaloosa
Eddie Massey North Alabama
Ed May Tennessee Valley
John McClung Southeast Alabama
Brian McCollum Alabama
Ricky Morgan Southeast Alabama
Leonard Morris Decatur
Randy Mummert Decatur
Eddie Newell Tennessee Valley
Eddie Odom North Alabama
David Palmer Mid-East
Cliff Parker Bay Area
Victor Pettus Metropolitan
Jason Powers Shelby
Terry Qualls South Central
Jeremy Samuel NA
Darryl Shaw Metro-Tuscaloosa
Ernest Shears Selma
Jason Slade Metro-Mobile
Ben Smith Northeast Alabama
George Smith Southwest Alabama
Howard Smith East Central
Bob West Birmingham
Dustin Whitehead Birmingham
Glenn Wilson Mid-State
Brad Wood North Alabama
James York Central Alabama
Tim Barron North Alabama
Sam Bierster Greater Birmingham
Justin Brown North Alabama
Myron Chwe West Alabama
Jose Cornelio Greater Birmingham
John Curran North Alabama
Jimmy Franklin East Central
Pete Gonzales Central Alabama
Zach Kirkland East Central
Sean Mardis Wiregrass
Steve Morisani Gulf Coast
Patrick Powell West Alabama
Bill Presor Central Alabama
Paul Roberts Northeast Alabama
Kris Rose Greater Birmingham
David Stephenson Shoals Area
Cedric Thomas North Alabama
Ken Wrye Marshall County
Don Adkins North Jefferson
Nate Ayers Cullman
Marquetta Brown Central Alabama
Nichole Bruner Black Warrior
Mark Carruth NA
Veronica Campbell Central Alabama
Cameron Chandler West Alabama
Greg Farris Walker County
Chris Garmon Gadsden
Kim Guy Central Counties
Mike Heath Southeast Alabama
Sonny Jackson Metro-Montgomery
David Johnson North Jefferson
Jay Johnson Walker County
Andy Lathan North Alabama
Chris Liles Colbert County
Amanda Miller Marshall County
Steve Nelson Gadsden
Jeremiah Patterson Marshall County
Andy Pruitt Walker County
Casey Rager Gadsden
Franklin Reynolds Black Warrior
Tim Roberts North Alabama
Dewane Shumate North Alabama
John Solomon Dallas County
Chris Vann Central Alabama
Ben Walker Walker County
Daryl White West Alabama
Mark Addison Smith Lake
Mark Aderhold Smith Lake
Alan Ash Brewton
David Bahakel Central Alabama
Dick Bell East Alabama
Carole Bentley Port City
Mary Birdwell Central Alabama
Stan Blakemore Central Alabama
Shannon Briggs North Alabama
Chante Calhoun Port City
Blake Calvert Smith Lake
Sally Campbell East Alabama
Richard Coleman Sylacauga
Charles Collins Port City
Kudezyia Crenshaw Port City
Sheila Crenshaw Port City
Michael Daves Port City
Milan Dekich Smith Lake
Landen Delazier Port City
Laura Ellis Port City
Eric Fillings Smith Lake
John Forti Southeast Alabama
Jamie Freeman East Central
Marvin Goldsby Central Alabama
Sharon Hamilton Smith Lake
Lauretta Horn East Central
Erroll Hickenbottom Port City
Catherine Hudson Port City
Davina Johnson Port City
Wayne Kulakowski Port City
Joey Kyle Smith Lake
Teresa Kyle Smith Lake
Reid Laporte Central Alabama
Sarah LeCray Port City
Bryan Lorge North Alabama
Everline Matonyei Port City
Steven Maxwell East Alabama
Debra McDonald East Central
Tim McDonough East Central
James Miller East Alabama
Aaron Moore Port City
Albert Moore Port City
Jeanette Morgan Port City
Emily Pharez Port City
James Presley Port City
Willie Ray Central Alabama
Lemuel Rich Port City
Tom Ritchie Port City
Latoya Rowell Port City
James Russell River Region
Whitney Rustand Port City
Jordan Santa Maria Port City
John Solomon Selma
Marvyn Stallings East Central
Paul Stemmer Port City
Tommie Stinson Central Alabama
Charles Thompson Central Alabama
Gene Tomlin Central Alabama
Erica Tripp Port City
James Weaver North Alabama
Robert Wheatley Southeast Alabama
Reggie Winston North Alabama
Randy Yarbrough Central Alabama
David York Central Alabama
Kenith Booker Central Alabama
Kim Brooks Birmingham
Patsy Burke Birmingham
Johnny Champion Tri-County
Nakesha Coleman Tuscaloosa
Melanie Davis South Alabama
Cynthia Ellis North Baldwin
Stephanie Grimes Tuscaloosa
Linda Hatchett Mobile
Johnathan Holladay Wal-Win
Danny Humbers Marion County
Wendy Little Quad-Cities
Harold Lockett Central Alabama
Terri Looney North Baldwin
Thomas Merrett Central Alabama
Athena Metcalf Wiregrass
Phillip Mosley Tri-County
Kathy Odom Tri-County
Milton Scarpa North Baldwin
Annissa Smith Birmingham
Wendy Wallace Limestone County
Kyndall Waters Birmingham
Laina Williams Etowah County
Tracy Woods Etowah County
Anthony Adams Northern
Josh Bierman Southern
Dwight Buzbee Birmingham
T. J. Coleman Southern
Brent Helms Eastern
Justin Miller Southern
Ken Nixon Southern
Josh Pate Birmingham
Howard Phillips Northern
Toney Pugh Birmingham
Jeff Saxon Birmingham
Willie Staggs Northern
Jack Stallings Northern
Joe Stephenson Northern
Mike Swinson Birmingham
Julian Wright Southern
The AHSAA Summer Conference concludes Friday with the Athletic Directors and Principals meeting and the mandatory Medical Advisory meeting. AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese will address the membership in the morning session, and AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee co-chairmen Dr. Lawrence Lemak and Dr. James Robinson will address the administrators in the afternoon session.
The eighth annual Star Sportsmanship luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance at noon will recognize 121 high schools that were ejection and fine free for the 2014-15 school year. The Alabama Media Group (al.com) will award $1,000 grants to eight of the schools, one from each district, in a show of support for the AHSAA’s sportsmanship initiatives. The eight are:
District 1: Millry
District 2: Carroll-Ozark
District 3: R.C. Hatch, Uniontown
District 4: Beauregard
District 5: Wenonah, Birmingham
District 6: Jacksonville Christian
District 7: Lawrence County, Moulton
District 8: Cullman
The 19th annual AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet sponsored by the AHSADCA will be at the Renaissance Center at 6 p.m. Coaches 2014-15 state championship teams will be recognized as well as seven individuals who were selected as the 2015 Making A Difference Award – given annually to a coach or administrator who has made major contributions above and beyond to their schools, communities and the state. Selected from the made nominations by schools and other organizations are:
Class 1A: Marilyn Miller, Marengo High School basketball, volleyball and track coach
Class 2A: Don Turner, LaFayette High School principal
Class 3A: Brad James, Colbert Heights High School softball and volleyball coach
Class 4A: Todd Nelms, Brooks High School baseball coach
Class 5A: Sue Marshall, Randolph High School administrator and tennis coach
Class 6A: Brenda Mayes, Muscle Shoals administrator and volleyball coach
Class 7A: Chris Brandt, Auburn High School assistant basketball and track coach
Other highlights of the Championship Coaches banquet will be Lemak Award need-based grants presented to 10 AHSAA member high schools and the AHSADCA Coaches’ Children’s Scholarships presented to 10 graduating seniors (2015) who are children of AHSADCA members.
The schools receiving Lemak Awards were selected by a special Central Board committee from more than 80 schools that submitted need-based requests. Each school will receive a $2,500 grant -- bringing the total presented through the Lemak Award to $205,000 since its inception. The Lemak Award, which was started by the Lemak Foundation in 2008, is named in honor of Dr. Larry Lemak, co-chairman of the AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee and a member of the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame.
The 10 schools receiving grants this year include:
Red Level (1A)
South Lamar (2A)
Choctaw County (2A)
Paul Bryant (6A)
Baldwin County (7A)
This year’s winners and the AHSADCA member parent are listed:
Khalil Jordan Yelding, Daphne High School (parent: Lawrence Thomas Yelding) – District 1; Naareh Ayanna Cooke, Georgiana High School (parent: Beverly Cooke) – District 2; Paden Browning, Saint James High School (parent: Jerry Browning) – District 3; Thomas Collin Carter, Auburn High School (parent: Tommy Carter) – District 4; Justin Anderson, Pelham High School (parent: Sean Anderson) – District 5; Joshua Mason Bogle, Gaston High School (parent: Tonya Bogle) – District 6; Josiah McDaniel, Faith Christian School (parent: Erik McDaniel) – District 6; Sarah “Sally” Tinker, Glencoe High School (parent: Wendy Tinker) – District 6; Ty Austin Herron, Lamar County High School (parent: Vance Herron) – District 7; Bryant Farley, West Point High School (parent: Don Farley) – District 8.
The AHSAA Officials Awards luncheon will close out the week Saturday at the Renaissance with its annual awards banquet. Officials who were selected for state championship events will be honored as well as district and state officials of the year and officials receiving distinguished service awards.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association will recognize 121 member schools Friday at the eighth annual Star Sportsmanship Luncheon held in conjunction with the AHSAA’s 19th annual Summer Conference and All-Star Week.
The noon luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will recognize the member high schools that were fine and ejection free in the 2014-15 school year just completed. The number was represented a 21 percent increase from 2013-14 for schools reaching that sportsmanship goal.
Of the schools 121 schools accomplishing this goal, 32 were from Class 1A, 19 from Class 2A, 23 from Class 3A, 17 from Class 4A, 15 from Class 5A, 11 from Class 6A, and for the first time, four were Class 7A schools.
Among the total were 18 that reached this goal for the first time since the Star Sportsmanship program developed by AHSAA partner Learning Through Sports was introduced to the member schools in 2007-08. Each school received a sportsmanship banner to hang in their schools.
Since its inception, fines and ejections have seen a significant reduction for our member schools and 348 schools have been fine and eject free at least once. The breakdown for the 2014-15 recipients included 25 that have been fine and ejection free for two years, 28 for three years, 25 for four years, 15 for five years, nine for six years and one for seven years.
Covenant Christian of Tuscumbia in District 7 was fine and ejection free from 2007-08 thru 2012-13 but had one fine in 2013-14 to break that streak. Principal Bill Deegan’s school rebounded in 2014-15 to reach the goal for an unprecedented seventh year.
“We are very proud of the effort our member schools place on good sportsmanship practices,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Being ejection and fine free is a reachable goal as these schools have shown us.”
The nine schools with six years of being fine and ejection free include West Point (5A), DAR (4A), Geraldine (3A), Asbury (2A), Calhoun (2A), and 1A schools Alabama School for the Blind, Hubbertville, Linden and Westminster of Oak Mountain. Four of the schools are from District 8.
Alabama Media Group (al.com) will present $1,000 checks to eight of the honored schools as a show of support for the AHSAA sportsmanship efforts. Since 2008, the contributions by al.com have reached $64,000.
Faith Academy boys basketball coach John Price and his recently graduated student manager Austin Miller are the featured speakers at this year’s luncheon, which will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
The complete list of schools that were fine and ejection free are listed.
2015 Fine & Ejection Free Schools
Alabama School for the Blind
Alabama School for the Deaf
Decatur Heritage Christian
Talladega County Central
Westminster School-Oak Mountain
Ala. School/Math & Science
Smith DAR, Kate D.
Washington, B.T. Magnet
Saint John Paul II Catholic
MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member school coaches and administrators will gather this week at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 19th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Summer Conference and All-Star Sports competition.
Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Alvin Briggs said he is pleased with the line-up of speakers scheduled this week.
“We think we have an outstanding list of clinicians who are very knowledgeable of the best practices in their sports concerning topics ranging from offensive and defensive schemes to current health and safety issues,” Briggs said.
Among the speakers set to address basketball coaches are Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl and the University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Both will be speaking Wednesday. While NCAA rules currently prevent Division I coaches from speaking at the Coaches’ School, some of the top small-college coaches in the Southeast are scheduled including Tuskegee University’s Willie Slater, Max Thurmond of West Alabama, Joel Williams of Delta State, Charlie Boren of Faulkner University, and Eddie Garfinkle of Birmingham-Southern, among others.
Sports to be addressed also include baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, track and field, and cheerleading. AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese will address principals and athletic directors on Friday. Dr. James Robinson and Dr. Lawrence Lemak will also address health and safety issues with the same group Friday.
The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. The AHSAA Officials Awards banquet will be Saturday morning. All will be at the Renaissance.
ALL-STAR GAMES BEGIN TUESDAY: The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be played at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium. The Soccer North-South Girls’ All-Star match will be played at Emory Folmar Stadium at the AUM YMCA complex at 5 p.m. The boys will play at 7.
And the North-South softball competition will play two games at Lagoon Park with first pitch set for 6 p.m.
The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Cramton Bowl Metroplex. Teams reported Monday and the AHSADCA hosted its annual golf tournament Monday at Lagoon Golf Course.
AHSAA MOBILE APP: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online.
Florence School Broadcast Program Voted Best Live Sports Broadcast for NFHS Network in 2014-15
Atlanta Hawks’ CEO Steve Koonin, ESPN and ABC’s Brad Nessler,
ESPN Studio Anchor Chris Cotter Shared Their Success Stories
Florence High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program was recognized last weekend at the first NFHS Network Broadcast Academy for its excellence in broadcasting. Directed by Randy Bruce, a faculty member and coach at Florence, the student-run live-streaming broadcast network was named NFHS Network’s Best Live Sports Broadcast for the 2014-15 school year.
Florence beat SBP programs from across the nation for the honor.
“We are very proud of our students,” Bruce said. “They have really embraced the school broadcast program at Florence and have worked hard to create their own identity. Our community has embraced their efforts, and their passion, enthusiasm and quality of work is something we are very proud of. This is indeed a big honor.”
Bruce will present a brief summary of Florence High School’s successes at this week’s AHSAA Summer Conference. He is scheduled to address administrators on Friday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center.
The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, hosted the inaugural NFHS Network Broadcast Academy this past weekend in Atlanta. The unique, interactive event included talks from successful sports broadcasters and media executives, hands-on broadcast training workshops and the first annual NFHS Network Broadcast Academy Awards. The awards ceremony was streamed live at www.nfhsnetwork.com and included behind-the-scenes updates on social platforms including Twitter and Snapchat from attendees using #BA2015.
On Friday, July 17, the participants attended the Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs game at Turner Field and were treated to an exclusive VIP behind-the-scenes tour. In a workshop setting on Saturday, July 18, the student broadcasters and teachers participated in producing a live sporting event, broadcasting a live studio show and creating an original feature package about the event.
The sizzle video featuring highlights of the event is available to view online at: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/90ca579aa4.
The students also heard stories of success, first-hand accounts of life in the sports media industry and career advice from ESPN Studio Anchor Chris Cotter on A Day in the Life of a SportsCenter Anchor, Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin about The Evolution of Sports & Media, and ESPN and ABC Broadcaster Brad Nessler, who spoke to the students about his Journey as a Broadcaster.
Each speaker shared their experiences in the media industry as well as advice for the young students who dream of being in their shoes one day. Steve Koonin told the students, “Be willing to take a risk, be bold. You are going to make mistakes. You have to accept that failure is part of success.” Koonin also emphasized, “Have a unique voice. If you are a stereotype in this business, you are not going to have long-term success.”
Echoing Koonin, Brad Nessler recommended, “Take a shot at every opportunity. You’re never going to learn if you don’t take a shot.”
The high point of the event was the first annual NFHS Network Broadcast Awards Ceremony, hosted by NFHS Network’s Rashan Ali. High school broadcast teams and students were recognized in seven different categories and the 2015 winners are listed below:
Best Overall School Broadcast Program
Cleveland High School, TN
Best New School Broadcast Program
El Capitan High School, Merced, CA
Teacher of the Year
Omar Delgado, Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL
Best Live Sports Broadcast
Florence High School, Florence, AL
Best Original Programming
Morning Show, Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL
Best Student Broadcaster
Sam Brief, Highland Park High School, Highland Park, IL
Highlight of the Year
”Bishop Kenny #9 Charles Wade 80yd TD run,” Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville, FL
Omar Delgado, broadcast program leader at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL and Teacher of the Year, said the first annual NFHS Network Broadcast Academy is like nothing his students have ever participated in. “I’ve been to many broadcast and TV conferences and the truth of the matter is these sessions are unmatched. Fun, interactive, hands on and enjoyable. “
Sam Brief, student at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, IL and winner of the NFHS Network’s Best Student Broadcaster Award, shared how the NFHS Network connects long distance family members and reaches beyond the school’s local area. He explained, “This basketball season, our team had a lot of success and our coach’s parents live in Arizona. Normally, there would be no way for them to see their son’s game. Thanks to the NFHS Network, they were able to watch broadcasts of the games and sometimes we’d give them a shout out on the air!”
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 15, 2015) – To address a potentially dangerous gap in medical- response planning for after-school practices and events, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced recently at its 2015 Annual Summer Meeting in New Orleans that it is encouraging every high school in the country that does not have an existing emergency action plan in place to prepare its teams to utilize the Emergency Action Planning Program, “Anyone Can Save a Life.”
Developed in 2008 by the Minnesota State High School League and Medtronic Philanthropy, “Anyone Can Save a Life” is a first-of-its kind, emergency action planning and training program for after-school practices and events. It is designed to provide a coordinated team response to every major medical emergency, including sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – the leading cause of death of young athletes in the United States.
“The reality is that every day we send thousands of students out to fields and gyms for practice and events where there is a lack of systemic support for emergencies,” said Jody Redman, associate director of the Minnesota State High School league (MSHSL) and co-developer of the program. “One coach cannot provide a coordinated response alone. This program empowers students to be a part of the response which increases the speed and effectiveness of response until emergency services can arrive.”
Originally created to respond to cardiac arrest, this third version of “Anyone Can Save A Life” covers all medical emergencies, providing a turnkey solution for every school wishing to implement an emergency action plan for after-school practices and events.
“If you are prepared to respond to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, a deadly condition, you are better prepared to respond to every emergency,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “We are encouraging all athletic administrators, appropriate health-care professionals and coaches to take the time during their season to implement the plan. It only takes a few minutes, and we have seen that these actions can save lives.”
After successful pilots in Minnesota, Arizona, New York and Washington, the NFHS Foundation provided funding to expand the scope of this program to distribute training guides nationally to its member state associations and their member schools. “Anyone Can Save A Life” training materials are available at no cost at http://www.anyonecansavealife.org/.
Using the program guide, coaches assign specific “emergency response” roles to students on every team at every level. If a student suffers a serious injury, or life-threatening event, teammates immediately spring into action with the information they need to call 911, assist with CPR and retrieve the automated external defibrillator.
“This training will not only make our kids safer at school,” said Joan Mellor, Sr. Portfolio Lead at Medtronic Philanthropy and co-developer of the program, “it will provide them life-saving skills that will benefit the entire community.”
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 13, 2015) — Tom Welter, executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), is the new president of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for 2015-16. Welter, the 56th president of the NFHS, began his one-year term July 3 following the NFHS Summer Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Gary Musselman, executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA), was elected by the NFHS Board of Directors to the position of president-elect for the upcoming year.
In addition, the following individuals were approved by the NFHS National Council for four-year terms on the NFHS Board of Directors: Karissa Niehoff, Ed.D., executive director of the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CAS-CIAC), Section 1; Ed Sheakley, executive director of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA), Section 6; and Kevin Fitzgerald, Ed.D., superintendent of the Caesar Rodney School District in Wyoming, Delaware, at large, Sections 2 and 6. Another new member of the Board of Directors is Bart Thompson, who has succeeded Eddie Bonine as executive director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) and as the Section 7 Board representative. Thompson’s term will end in 2018.
Welter, a native of Oregon, joined the OSAA in 1995 as assistant executive director and was chosen executive director in 2001.
After graduating from Oregon State University in 1971, Welter taught in Whyalla, South Australia, for three years before returning to Oregon in 1974, where he began a 20-year term of service at Central Catholic High School in Portland. He began as a teacher and coach and was the school’s athletic director for 18 years and vice principal/dean of students for 15 years.
During his years at Central Catholic, Welter was president of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association (OADA) in 1990-91. In 2010, he received the OADA Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Oregon Athletic Coaches Distinguished Service Award. He also was honored by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) with the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1993 and the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 1996. Welter was inducted into the Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 2005 and the OADA Hall of Fame in 2014.
Among his previous service to the NFHS, Welter was a member of the Sanctioning Committee (1995-98), Football Rules Committee (1995-2004) and the Strategic Planning Committee (2008). He has made several presentations at the NFHS Summer Meeting, NFHS/NIAAA National Athletic Directors Conference and NFHS Legal Meeting.
Musselman joined the KSHSAA staff in 1988 as assistant executive director, a position he held until being promoted to executive director in 1996. A graduate of Ness City (Kansas) High School, Musselman earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Kansas State University in 1974 and his master’s in secondary school administration from Wichita State University in 1987.
Musselman began his teaching and coaching career in 1974 at Independence (Kansas) Junior High School. He then held teaching and coaching positions at Andover (Kansas) Junior-Senior High School, Beloit (Kansas) Junior-Senior High School and Halstead (Kansas) High School. Prior to joining the KSHSAA staff, Musselman was the principal at LaCrosse (Kansas) High School.
In addition to his current service on the Board of Directors, Musselman has served on numerous NFHS committees, including the Football Rules Committee, the Citizenship/Equity Committee, the Marketing Committee and the Appeal Board. Musselman served three terms as chair of the NFHS TARGET Committee (1992-95), which was involved with drug education/prevention programs. He was a member of three different NFHS Strategic Planning Committees, and he has been involved with other national organizations, including the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and United School Administrators of Kansas.
Last year, Musselman represented the NFHS Board of Directors on the NFHS Concussion Summit, which was appointed to develop recommendations for minimizing risk of concussion in sports and to develop best practices for schools and state high school associations. In June, Musselman completed six years of service on the Board of Directors of the NFHS Foundation. Musselman was elected chairman during the 2014-15 term and led a major reorganization and expansion of the Foundation Board and its governance structure.
Niehoff was named deputy executive director of CAS-CIAC in July 2010 and assumed the executive director’s position in January 2011. She began her career in Connecticut public education in 1989 as a physical education instructor at Greenwich High School. In the succeeding years, she was a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal at the middle school and high school levels.
Niehoff was a highly successful field hockey coach at Litchfield High School and Joel Barlow High School with four conference titles and one state championship. She has served on the United States Field Hockey Association Board of Ethics since 1996. Niehoff also coached high school volleyball, softball, basketball and track. In 2000, Niehoff was appointed assistant principal of Har-Bur Middle School in Burlington. Four years later, she assumed the position of principal of Lewis Mills High School, a post she held until joining the Connecticut association.
Niehoff served on the Education Committee of the United States Olympic Committee, authoring the “OlympiKids School Celebration Guide,” acting as U.S. delegate to International Olympic Academies in Greece and Canada, and representing the USOC at numerous national conventions, conferences and educational programs. She was co-founder and dean of the “Passing The Torch” Academy For Youth Sport Leadership, a USOC initiative to promote leadership and the spirit of Olympism within the realm of youth sport.
Prior to joining the Connecticut association, Niehoff served on numerous CAS and CIAC boards and committees, including the Field Hockey Committee, CIAC Board of Control and chair of the Sportsmanship Committee.
Sheakley became executive director of the Oklahoma association in May 2009 after serving as interim executive director for one month. He was an assistant director with the OSSAA for 17 years before accepting his new position. During his tenure as assistant director, Sheakley was responsible for wrestling, slow-pitch softball, volleyball and academic bowl.
Before joining the OSSAA in 1992, Sheakley served as an administrator, educator and coach in Oklahoma’s Blackwell, Madill and Clinton school districts, including the roles of assistant principal and athletic director at Blackwell High School. Before moving to Oklahoma in 1982, Sheakley taught and coached in his home state of Iowa.
Among his previous involvement at the national level, Sheakley is a former member of the NFHS Equity Committee and NFHS Appeal Board.
Fitzgerald has been superintendent of the Caesar Rodney School District since 2007 after seven years as assistant principal and nine years as principal at Caesar Rodney High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University (Maryland), his master’s from St. John’s College (Maryland) and his doctorate from the University of Delaware.
Fitzgerald began his career in education in Maryland in 1978 as a social studies and English teacher. He also coached football, basketball and baseball, and was a high school athletic director and basketball official.
In 2002, Fitzgerald was recognized as Delaware’s Secondary Principal of the Year, and in 2013 he was selected as Delaware’s Superintendent of the Year. He is a former president of the Delaware Chief School Officers Association and chairman of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Thompson, who joined the NIAA as executive director effective July 1, has served as assistant director of the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) for the past eight years.
Thompson’s responsibilities at the UHSAA included soccer, cross county, track, wrestling, and speech and debate. He also handled the association’s legislative issues and was the coordinator of sports medicine.
Prior to joining the UHSAA staff in the summer of 2007, Thompson coached football, wrestling and track for 22 years at Viewmont High School in Bountiful, Utah, after beginning his career in education as a teacher and coach at Clearfield (Utah) High School.
Thompson previously served on the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Speech Committee.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 1, 2015) — Wanda Gilliland, assistant director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, is among 12 leaders in high school activity programs across the country selected to receive National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citations.
She received the award at a special luncheon held at the 2015 the 96th annual NFHS Summer Meeting in New Orleans Wednesday. An award designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic director and coaching professions, the officiating avocation and fine arts/performing arts programs, the NFHS Citation is one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school athletics and performing arts.
“I know of no one who is more deserving than Wanda Gilliland,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “She is dedicated, loyal and a tireless servant who loves the AHSAA and its mission. We are very proud of her and are elated she is being recognized by the NFHS for her many contributions.”
Ms. Gilliland has been an assistant director with the AHSAA since 1996. A graduate of Marion County High School and Athens State College, she served as a teacher and coach/athletic director at Hamilton High School from 1979-1996 where her girls’ basketball teams compiled a 301-96 record, won a state championship in 1990, finished runner-up the next year and won the Marion County tournament seven times.
She has played a key role in the development of state championship programs in volleyball, softball, basketball and cross country. She has helped govern eligibility requirements through involvement with school audits, investigations and foreign exchange student regulations.
Gilliland has received several coach-of-the-year honors and has served on the NFHS basketball, softball and spirit rules committees. She currently chairs the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. She was inducted into AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Marion County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Gilliland, the Section 3 recipient, becomes the sixth Alabama recipient of the prestigious NFHS Citation Award since its inception in 1987. Past recipients include Ken Blankenship (Coaches Citation) in 2000, Greg Brewer (Section 3) in 2006, Houston Young (Officials Citation), 2010, Alan Mitchell (Section 3) in 2012, and Jeff Hilyer (Officials Citation) in 2014.
Eight Citation honorees, one from each of the NFHS member-school districts, are recognized annually as well as four other Citation recipients representing NFHS professional organizations for officials, coaches, music leaders and speech/debate/theatre directors.
The other state association recipients for 2015 were Pat Corbin, Section 1, retired executive director of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association; Butch Powell, Section 2, assistant executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission; Scott Johnson, Section 4, assistant executive director of the Illinois High School Association; Cheryl Gleason, Section 5, assistant executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association; Amy Cassell, Section 6, assistant director of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association; Dwight Toyama, Section 7, former executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association and the Oahu Interscholastic Association; and John Billetz, Section 8, retired executive director of the Idaho High School Activities Association.
Other Citation recipients at Wednesday’s awards luncheon were James Coon, Officials Citation recipient, volleyball official, Pittsboro, Indiana; Milt Bassett, Coach Citation recipient, executive director, Oklahoma Coaches Association, Edmond, Oklahoma; Jean Ney, Music Citation recipient, retired coordinator of fine arts, Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools, Bonner Springs, Kansas; and Darrel Harbaugh, Speech/Debate/Theatre Citation recipient, retired director of debate and forensics, Field Kindley Memorial High School, Coffeyville, Kansas.
Missouri State High School Activities Association legal counsel Mallory Mayse was also presented the NFHS Award of Merit for his contributions over the last 40 years to the NFHS and MSHSAA concerning legal issues. The award, while not presented annually, has recognized 42 individuals since 1966 including former President Gerald Ford (1983) and former AHSAA Executive Director Herman L. “Bubba” Scott (1992).
The NFHS American Tradition Award was also presented to Varsity Spirit, a company dedicated to spirit and cheer participation. Varsity Spirit became just the eighth recipient of the award since 1985.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 24, 2015) – The National Federation of State High School Associations has added a new course to its selection of online education courses available through the NFHS Learning Center at www.nfhslearn.com.
“Sudden Cardiac Arrest” was developed in conjunction with Simon’s Fund, which raises awareness about the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in young athletes.
“The NFHS is pleased to partner with Simon's Fund to provide this free online course,” said Dan Schuster, director of coach education at NFHS. “This is critically important information that can save a life and ultimately create a safer environment for students.”
The course educates coaches, students, parents and others about sudden cardiac arrest, how to recognize its warning signs and symptoms, and the appropriate course of action to be taken if a player collapses during physical activity.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States for student-athletes during exercise, taking the lives of thousands every year.
“It is critically important for coaches – and others – to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest, and to know how to respond effectively in order to protect student-athletes,” said Dr. Bill Heinz, chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and host of the new “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” course.
“By partnering with the NFHS, hundreds of thousands of coaches will see our educational video and become educated about the warning signs and conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest. We can’t think of a better way of fulfilling our mission,” said Darren Sudman, executive director and co-founder of Simon’s Fund.
Along with this new course, the NFHS also encourages all schools to develop and implement an emergency action plan, have an AED on site and have an appropriate health-care professional present at as many events as possible in order to minimize risk to student-athletes.
“Sudden Cardiac Arrest” takes just 15 minutes to complete and can be used toward fulfillment of Certified Interscholastic Coach requirements, part of the NFHS National Certification Program.
The course can be taken for free at https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61032.
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