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12 Individuals Receive NFHS
IN (June 11, 2012) ó Twelve leaders in high school activity programs
across the country have been selected to receive National Federation of
State High School Associations (NFHS) Citations.
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 activities.
The 2012 NFHS Citation recipients will receive their awards July 9 at
the 93rd NFHS Summer Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.
Eight of the 12 award winners represent the NFHS-member state high
school associations. The other four Citation recipients represent NFHS
professional organizations for officials, coaches, music directors and
The eight state association recipients are William N. Gaine Jr.,
deputy executive director, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic
Association; Deborah B. Moore, Ph.D., associate commissioner for
eligibility, Ohio High School Athletic Association; Bruce Hulion,
commissioner of officials, South Carolina High School League; Todd
Clark, director of communications, Wisconsin Interscholastic
Athletic Association; Ken Pickering, retired assistant executive
director, South Dakota High School Activities Association; Bill
Farney, retired executive director, Texas University Interscholastic
League; Ray Mathis, executive director for instructional support
and student activities, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada;
and Jim Meyerhoff, former assistant executive director and
current special projects consultant, Washington Interscholastic
Other Citation recipients are Paul McInnis, ice hockey official,
Livingston, New Jersey; David Johnson, director, Oregon Athletic
Coaches Association, Salem, Oregon; Leon Kuehner, retired
director of instrumental music and bands, Hampton-Dumont Community
Schools, Hampton, Iowa; and Eloise Weisinger Blair, speech and
debate coach, Lamar High School, Houston, Texas.
Debbie Moore has served on the
administrative staff of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA)
for 23 years, first serving as assistant commissioner from 1989 to 2008
and as associate commissioner for eligibility for the past four years.
After receiving her bachelorís degree from Kent (Ohio) State University,
Moore taught and coached gymnastics, swimming and diving, track and
field, and volleyball at Buckeye Valley High School in Delaware, Ohio.
She later earned her masterís and doctorate degrees from Ohio State
University and has done post-doctoral work in exercise science.
In addition, Moore has held faculty appointments at Furman University
(South Carolina), Kent State and Wilmington (Ohio) College, where she
also served as head volleyball coach. She has experience in the teaching
of sport and exercise physiology and has had numerous articles published
in professional journals.
Mooreís responsibilities with the OHSAA include overseeing compliance
and eligibility functions of the association and administration of the
sports of volleyball, field hockey, gymnastics, and swimming and diving.
She is also
responsible for coordinating the OHSAA healthy lifestyles and coaching
At the national level, Moore has been heavily involved with NFHS
programs and committees. She is the former chair of the NFHS Citizenship
Committee and Volleyball Rules Committee, and former member of the NFHS
Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Coaches Education Committee. She
has been a presenter at numerous NFHS Summer Meetings.
About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership
organization for high school sports and performing arts activities.
Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based
interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students
succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by
building awareness and support, improving the participation experience,
establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping
those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes
playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level.
Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia,
the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million
participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6
million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on
interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings;
sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for
high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations
for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music
adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach
training; and serves as a national information resource of
interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit
the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org.