To our FIAAA Members,
I hope your 2021 is off to a great start and that your kids and coaches (and YOU) are healthy and happy!
This past weekend, the FIAAA Board of Directors met in Orlando – in person but with social distancing and masking taking place – and I’ve got to say it was GREAT to be able to see everyone and catch up on our professional and personal lives. Our officers, directors, and committees worked all day Saturday and then again Sunday morning and I was very honored to be a part of it.
We are also very excited about the upcoming FIAAA State Athletic Directors Conference that is scheduled for April 30th – May 3rd, 2021. Our FIAAA President-Elect, Rocky Gillis of Broward County, has an incredible agenda planned featuring opportunities to take multiple NIAAA LTI Courses along with a fantastic schedule of workshop speakers, plus additional networking opportunities with AD’s from across Florida. We are currently working to finalize the schedule and registration process and we will post that information just as soon as it is ready!
In the meantime, your own FIAAA District Director should be contacting you soon but don’t feel like you have to wait! Reach out to them now and submit your nominations for several FIAAA Awards including the prestigious Mandy Stoll Student Scholarships, Sportsmanship Awards for Students and for Schools, plus Multiple Awards for Athletic Administrators at the Regional and State level. Nomination forms are found on the FIAAA Website and should be submitted directly to your District Director.
Thanks as always for everything you do for your students, your coaches, your teams, and your community! School-Based Athletic Directors are truly ESSENTIAL Employees and I’m very proud to have you all as colleagues! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the coming year!
Be Safe – Keep Coaching Those Coaches!
During the first reading of the five Bylaw Proposals, individuals have the opportunity to give public comments. To sign up for public comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by January 20, 2020. Please send the name of the individual who wishes to speak, their email address, and the specific Bylaw Proposal they wish to address.
January 20, 2021 – Deadline to sign up to give public comments at Representative Assembly Meeting
January 25, 2021 – Representative Assembly Meeting @ 10:30 AM (The general public can view the meeting on the FHSAA YouTube channel.)
2021 Winter Board of Directors Meeting
January 16-17 – Orlando Aiport Marriott
- County ADs:Following up on the in-person meeting opportunity at the Orlando Airport Marriott this Friday, Jan 15, 2021, at 10:00 am.If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to me. If you have any topics for discussion, please feel free to share those as well.Doug Paterson and Lanness Robinson will be moderating this Friday’s meeting. With the rise in COVID cases, I will not be attending in person due to some personal concerns within my household.I hope everyone is doing well and I will look forward to seeing the group in person sometime in the near future (hopefully)!
Thanks to Doug Paterson and Lanness Robinson for stepping in this week.
Valerie Miyares, MS, CAA
Manager – District Athletics
Palm Beach County School District
The 2020 NIAAA National Conference just wrapped up and even though it was “Virtual” this year, the experience was truly exceptional! I hope you were able to be a part of it as the workshops, LTI courses, and speakers were outstanding! The state of Florida and the FIAAA also made a BIG impression with several of our Athletic Directors playing key roles.
Lanness Robinson, CMAA (Hillsborough County) presided over the entire conference as the NIAAA President and he also conducted some great interviews with Keynote Speaker Tony Dungy and Closing Speaker Derrick Brooks. We also saw Lauren Otero, CMAA (Plant H.S.) win the election to serve as the NIAAA Board Secretary, and Scott Drabczyk, CAA (Father Lopez Catholic) continue to chair the prestigious NIAAA Hall of Fame Committee. In addition, many other Florida AD’s served as Workshop Presenters and Moderators, LTI Course Instructors, Committee Members, and more! We also saw long-time Florida Athletic Director, Russell Wambles, CMAA receive a much-deserved NFHS Citation for his service to both the state and to the NIAAA. If you are not already a member of the NIAAA, I strongly encourage you to join. Go to www.niaaa.org and follow the links to membership!
Just a reminder, but the 2021 FIAAA Conference is on schedule and set for the weekend of April 30 – May 3 in Orlando! Our FIAAA President-Elect, Rocky Gillis, CAA (Broward County) is putting together a great program of workshops and speakers and we really want you to be there! Registration info will be available on the FIAAA.org website around the end of January but feel free to reach out to your FIAAA District Director if you have any questions. Also, if you have specific questions about LTI or certification you can also reach out to Dan Talbot or myself as we are both here to help you have a great year and a great career as an Athletic Administrator in Florida!
Jake von Scherrer, CMAA – Maclay School in Tallahassee – email@example.com
Dan Talbot, CMAA – Polk County Schools in Bartow, FL – firstname.lastname@example.org
And don’t forget to check out The Educational AD Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts! Great interviews and best practices, along with the AD’s Toolbox in every episode! https://anchor.fm/jake-von-scherrer On Anchor, Spotify, iTunes, Sticher, and more!
|Educational AD Podcast • A podcast on Anchor
Being an Athletic Director today is as challenging as it is rewarding and our Podcast is here to help! FIAAA President and CMAA, Jake von Scherrer visits with some of the top school based AD’s and coaches in the country as they share their stories along with Best Practices to help YOU to help your students, your teams, your coaches, and your community! THIS – is the Educational AD Podcast!
Thank You for all you do for your kids, your coaches, and your schools! Happy Holidays to everyone, Be Safe, and have a Very Happy New Year!
Let’s GO FIAAA!