Former Hudson High School athletic director Ray Ebersole recently was presented an award and gift for his career of service to athletics during the Hudson-Wadsworth game Oct. 27 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

Ray Ebersole, athletic administrator at Hudson High School from 2004 to 2017, was one of nine individuals singled out nationally by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association to receive the 2015 Distinguished Service Award.

Ebersole is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace (Berea) University with a master’s degree in sports administration from The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Upon graduation, he spent five years at the professional sports level, serving as director of community relations for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Following his tenure with the Cavs, he moved to public administration with the City of Cleveland Parks and Recreation Department.

While with Cleveland Parks and Recreation, he served as program liaison to the Cleveland Public Schools athletic department and also was appointed commissioner of the Erie Shore Conference.

During his interscholastic athletic administration career at Hudson, he has assisted in raising funds and completing athletic-related projects totaling more than $9.1 million in value.

Ebersole was the recipient of the Natioinal Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and he received a special commendation in 2005 for his work with the NIAAA Strategic Planning Committee.

He received the state award of merit from the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in 2007, the NEOIAAA Citation in 2012 and the NEOIAAA Meritorious Service Award in 2014.

Ebersoloe also was the NEOIAAA and OIAAA "Athletic Director of the Year" for 2015.