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Award of Merit
Award of Merit
Award of Merit Current Recipient:
Phil Rison, CMAA, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Award of Merit is presented by the NIAAA to an individual in recognition of outstanding leadership and personal commitment to the values of interscholastic athletics. The NIAAA Board of Directors selects this recipient and the award is given only in those years when the board deems there is a candidate worthy of this honor. It is the NIAAA's highest individual award.



Past Winners:

1978 – Cliff Fagan, NF
1979 – Jim Growney, Robbinsville, New Jersey
1980 – Tom Frederick, NF
1981 – Jim Dutcher, Billings, Montana
1982 – No Recipient
1983 – No Recipient
1984 – John Klement, Monona, Wisconsin
1985 – John Youngblood, Arlington, Virginia
1986 – Robert Conklin, Denver, Colorado
1987 – Dr. Al Burr, Clayton, Missouri
1988 – No Recipient
1989 – Brice Durbin, NF
1990 – Barbara Twardus, CAA, Seattle, Washington
1991 – Wayne Taylor, CAA, Miami, Florida
1992 – Dave Balmer, Hartland, Wisconsin
1993 – No Recipient
1994 – Dr. Art Newcomer, CAA, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
1995 – Bernie Saggau, Boone, Iowa
1996 – Dr. John Olson, CMAA, Madison, Wisconsin
1998 – Jim Teff, CMAA, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1999 – Jim Watkins, CMAA, Louisville, Kentucky
2000 – Robert Kanaby, NFHS, Indianapolis, Indiana
2001 – Alan Mallanda, CMAA, Corning, New York
2002 – No Recipient
2003 – Bruce D. Whitehead, CMAA, Crawfordsville, Indiana<
2004 – Dr. John Foley, CAA, East Setauket, New York
2005 – Walter Sargent, CAA, Yarmouthport, Massachusetts
2006 – Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM, CMAA, Phoenix, Arizona
2007 – David Martens, Fairport, New York
2008 – Don Bales, CMAA, Lowell, Indiana
2009 – Frank Kovaleski, CAA, Coatesville, Indiana
2010 – Gerry Durgin, CMAA, Gorham, Maine
2011 – Dr. Michael Blackburn, CMAA, Indianapolis, Indiana
2012 – Dennis Fries, CMAA, Irondequoit, New York
2013 – Holly Farnese, CMAA, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
2014 – Sheri Stice, CMAA, Cypress, Texas
2015 – Richard Bechard, CMAA, Overland Park, Kansas
2016 – Jean Kinn Ashen, CMAA, Salinas, California
2017 – Lee Green, JD, Overland Park, Kansas
2018 – Phil Rison, CMAA, Indianapolis, Indiana