National ConferenceDennis Fries, CAA, retired district athletic director, West Irondequoit (New York) Central School District, was one of seven individuals nationwide who have made outstanding contributions to interscholastic athletics who have have been named recipients of the 2009 Distinguished Service Award given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).
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These individuals were honored December 15 in Dallas, Texas, during the banquet at the 40th annual National Athletic Directors Conference conducted jointly by the National Federation of State High School associations (NFHS) and the NIAAA. The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to individuals from within the NIAAA membership in recognition of their length of service, special accomplishments and contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels. Nominations are submitted by state athletic director associations, screened by the NIAAA Awards Committee, and selected by the NIAAA Board of Directors.
Dennis Fries, CAA, who earned master’s degrees in education and educational administration from Brockport (New York) State College, retired in 2006 after 39 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the West Irondequoit Central School District in New York.
From 1984 to 2006, Fries was district director of physical education and athletics in West Irondequoit. After his first two years with the district, Fries was promoted to assistant athletic director, a position he held for 15 years before becoming district director.
Fries has taught workshops at state and national athletic administrators conferences regarding Internet surfing, computer office program management and personal data assistant use.
At the state level, Fries served as president of the New York State Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA) in 1996-97, and has been the organization's treasurer since 1998. From 1987 to 1996, Fries was the Section V representative to the NYSAAA, and he was president of the NYSAAA's Chapter 5 from 1989 to 1991. In 1992, Fries was named Section V Athletic Administrator of the Year, and a year later, he received the Section V Distinguished Service Award. In recognition of his achievements in athletic administration, Fries received the New York State Director of Physical Education of the Year award in 1998.
Fries has served as the executive director since 1997 and as treasurer since 1989 of Operation Offense, Inc., a national, award-winning drug and alcohol prevention program for scholastic athletes. He 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 2003 and was selected to the Finance Committee of the third NIAAA Strategic Plan in 2009. Since 2004, Fries has been co-director of the Section 1 NIAAA Summer LTC Institute.
Among his other awards, Fries received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2000 and the NFHS Citation in 2003.
Joining Fries as this year’s winners were Maurice “Bud” Campbell, retired athletic director, Murray (Utah) High School; Barbara Deichl, CAA, retired athletic director, Waterford (Wisconsin) Union High School; Paige Hershey, CMAA, director of athletics, Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, Texas; Mike Maghan, CMAA, athletic director/assistant principal, McNary High School, Keizer, Oregon; Michael Purdy, CAA, executive director, Nebraska State Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association; and Bill Schumacher, CMAA, athletic director, Richfield (Ohio) Revere High School.
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