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NIAAA to induct five athletic directors into Hall of Fame

November 17, 2016 / Athletic Administration
The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) will induct five athletic directors into its Hall of Fame during the organization’s national conference next month.

National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

The 2016 NIAAA Hall of Fame class includes Carol Chory, CMAA, Virginia; Harold Erwin, CAA, West Virginia; Dennis Fries, CMAA, New York; Leslie Moore, CAA, Colorado; and Rodger Estes of Missouri, who will be inducted posthumously.

Here is some additional information about each of the inductees (complete bios can be found here):

Carol Chory, Virginia Beach, Virginia

An active member of the NIAAA since 1980, Chory served on the NIAAA Credentials Committee from 1998 to 2005 and was the Virginia representative for the NIAAA National Emergency Network. She also served as NIAAA state delegate from 1995 to 1997, was co-chair of LTC 510 from 2000 to 2003, and was a speaker at the 1998, 1999 and 2007 National Athletic Directors Conferences. She completed 11 courses in the NIAAA Leadership Training Program.

Among her honors, Chory was inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Kempsville High School Hall of Fame in 2008. She received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1994, the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2004, John C. Youngblood Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and the NFHS Citation in 2012.

Harold Erwin, Buffalo, West Virginia

Erwin has been an active member of the NIAAA since 1978. He has attended 35 of the past 38 NFHS national conferences, and was a presenter at the 1988 Las Vegas conference. He served as a member of the NFHS Athletic Directors Advisory Committee in 1996-97, and was a member of the NIAAA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2000. Erwin has also served as the Leadership Training Program assistant coordinator for West Virginia since 2001.

In addition to coordinating the Leadership Training Program in West Virginia, Erwin has completed 21 courses and earned his Certified Athletic Administrator recognition. He has served as the NIAAA National Emergency Network contact in West Virginia since 1994.

Rodger Estes, St. Louis, Missouri

At the national level, Estes served as the eighth president of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) in 1987. During his term as president, the Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence was created, along with the NIAAA State Award of Merit, and all 50 states were represented at the National Athletic Directors Conference for the first time. Estes also personally sold more than $10,000 in advertising to subsidize the NIAAA member services publication “Game Plan.”

Among his other accomplishments during his time on the NIAAA Board of Directors, time limits were set on committee members to allow more individuals to participate in the governing process.

Dennis Fries, Irondequoit, New York

Nationally, Fries served on the NIAAA Board of Directors from 2002 to 2006, culminating with a one-year term as president. He served six years on the NIAAA Publications Committee from 1997 to 2002 and was selected to the Finance Committee of the third NIAAA Strategic Plan in 2009. He has served on the NIAAA Hall of Fame Committee since 2008 and was appointed vice-chair in 2010. From 2009 to 2013, Fries was co-director of the Section 1 NIAAA Summer Leadership Training Institute (LTI).

Among his other awards, Fries received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2000, the NFHS Citation in 2003, the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the NIAAA Award of Merit in 2012.

Leslie Moore, Denver, Colorado

At the state level, Moore made significant contributions to the Colorado Athletic Directors Association (CADA) and the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA). One of the first post-Title IX female athletic administrators in Colorado, Moore served on the CADA Board of Directors from 1990 to 2011 and was the organization’s treasurer for 16 years. She was chair of the CHSAA Finance Committee and a member of the CADA Conference Planning Committee.

In 2010, Moore was inducted into the Denver Public Schools Hall of Fame and the CHSAA Hall of Fame.

Click here to read the complete news release from the NFHS.


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