The National Federation of State High School Associations is scheduled to award NFHS Citations to eight high school athletic directors Dec. 16 in National Harbor, Maryland, during luncheon festivities at the 50th annual National Athletic Directors Conference sponsored jointly by the NFHS and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
One of the winners is Paul Powers, a Certified Athletic Administrator.
NFHS Citations are presented annually to outstanding athletic directors in recognition of contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels. State associations nominate athletic directors for NFHS Citations and the NFHS Board of Directors approves recipients.
Powers has been a successful athletic administrator at three schools in Ohio for more than 26 years. Since 2008, he has served as the athletic director for the Aurora City Schools.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Ohio Northern (Ada) University in 1991 and working two years as a recreation supervisor in Orange Village, Powers assumed the director of athletics role at West Geauga Local Schools in Chesterland in 1993. He remained there until 1998, when he assumed the same role for the Bedford City Schools.
Powers has been an active member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. His work as part of the NEOIAAA Executive Committee started in 1995 and he was president from 2009 to 2011. He also served as president of the OIAAA (2015-17) as a member of the OIAAA Strategic Plan Committee and he has been a part of the OIAAA State Conference Committee for 10 years.
With the OHSAA, Powers served a term on the OHSAA Board of Directors and was president in 2017-18. He also was regional football playoff manager for 16 years.
A member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association for more than 20 years, Powers attended his first National Athletic Directors Conference in 2011 and has yet to miss one since. He has completed 34 Leadership Training Institute courses. He also has served on the NIAAA Membership Committee.
Among his honors, Powers was a recipient of the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2016, as well as the OIAAA Citation Award in 2012. In 2009, the NEOIAAA named him the Athletic Director of the Year.
Powers has received the OIAAA Distinguished Service Award Inside the Field of Athletics in 2007, as well.