Application and Self-Assessment Information
The Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association's (MIAAA) Exemplary Athletic Program was established in 1998. Its purposes are fourfold: (1) to identify and give public recognition to our outstanding athletic programs statewide; (2) to provide a framework that encourages high school athletic administrators throughout the state to voluntarily engage in a self-assessment and comparison of their current program to a set of established exemplary criteria; (3) to facilitate communication and a sharing of best practices throughout our state; and (4) to encourage continued improvement in our state's high school athletic programs.
MIAAA exemplary programs model excellence and equity. They all provide for what is best in educationally sound high school athletics. There is a strong, district-wide commitment to athletic excellence for all of the school's student-athletes. The athletic program's success in advancing the emotional, social, moral and physical growth of all of its participants is a basic foundation of the recognition criteria. In awarding exemplary status to our state's athletic programs, the MIAAA looks to recognize schools where sustained successes in teaching the values of high school athletics are evident.
The quality of each program will be judged by comparing the standards of excellence to the school's goals (vision statement) and the processes that have been put in place to meet those goals. To what extent is the athletic program serving its various constituents (athletes, staff, parents and patrons)? An exemplary school's athletic program continually strives to meet and exceed the needs of all student-athletes.
Exemplary athletic programs offer growth opportunities for athletes that meet or exceed the highest standards of the MIAAA, MHSAAA, leagues or conferences and their local school boards.
Conceptual Basis for the MIAAA Exemplary Athletic Program
The MIAAA established a blue ribbon committee in 1997 to study the possibility of providing an awards program to recognize our state's exemplary programs. Reports were made by this committee to the membership in the summer of 1997 and 1998 and also at the annual winter conference in 1998. The MIAAA board of directors wholeheartedly supports the concept of recognizing and awarding our outstanding programs on a state-wide basis.
With that charge, a proposal was brought forth by the MIAAA Exemplary Athletic Program advisory committee to the MIAAA membership in 1998 to pilot such a program during the 1999-2000 school year.
YEAR SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
2000 Gull Lake High School Marc Throop, CMAA
2000 Port Huron High School Ken Semelsberger, CMAA
2000 Greenville High School Brian Zdanowski, CMAA
2000 Okemos High School Keith Froelich, CAA
2000 Schoolcraft High School Ted Manning, CAA
2000 Swartz Creek High School Tim Bearden, CAA
2001 Shelby High School Steve Guy, CAA
2001 Troy High School Jim Johnson, CAA
2002 H.H. Dow High School Dan McShannock, CMAA
2002 Troy Athens High School Bob Dowd, CAA
2003 Grosse Pointe North Chris Clark, CAA
2003 Saginaw Heritage High School Pete Ryan, CMAA/Jim Noble, CMAA
2004 Grosse Pointe South High School Matt Outlaw
2005 Leslie High School Scott Farley
2005 Mattawan High School Ken Mohney, CMAA
2006 Midland High School Bob Scurfield, CAA
2007 Novi High School Curt Ellis, CAA
2008 Fruitport High School Ken Erny, CAA
2009 Notre Dame Prep High School Betty Wroubel, CAA
2011 Constantine High School Mike Messner, CAA
2012 Grand Haven High School Robin Bye
2016 Brighton High School John Thompson, CMAA
2016 Calumet High School Sean Jacques, CAA
2017 Cranbrook Kingswood School Stephen Graf, CAA
2017 Greenhills School Meg Seng, CMAA
2018 East Grand Rapids Tim Johnston, CAA
2019 Jenison High School Tim Ritsema, CAA
2020 Vicksburg High School Michael Roy, CMAA