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RONNIE CARTER TO BE INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME
HERMITAGE- - - Ronnie Carter, former Executive Director of the TSSAA, will become the eighth person and first administrator from the state of Tennessee to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame.
Mr. Carter is among 13 individuals who will be inducted in the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame on June 27th at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The 31st Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 94th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.
He was the third Executive Director in the association's history and was preceded by Gill Gideon (1972-86) and the association's first director, Mr. A.F. Bridges (1946-72).
Mr. Carter joined the TSSAA in 1978 as an Assistant Executive Director. He was named Executive Director in 1986. When he retired in June of 2009, he was the fifth longest tenured active Executive Director in the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations).
Carter spent over 40 years of his career involved in secondary education and athletics as a teacher, coach, official, and administrator. Prior to joining the TSSAA, Carter taught mathematics and coached football, basketball, wrestling, and track for 11 years at the secondary school level in Nashville.
During his time with the TSSAA, Mr. Carter was very involved with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). He was a member of the National Federation Football Rules Committee for 25 years, Chairman of the Football Research Subcommittee of the Football Rules Committee for eight years, a member of the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee for 12 years, Chairman of the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee for eight years, and member of the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee for four years.
Mr. Carter was elected to serve as a member of the NFHS Board of Directors from 1998-2002. He had the honor of serving as President of the NFHS for the 2001-2002 term.
Honors and Awards Include:
"We are extremely proud of Ronnie and congratulate him on this outstanding award," stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of TSSAA. "It is a special moment for the Carter family, the TSSAA, as well as Ronnie. This is the pinnacle of success in high school sports, recognizing his dedication and many years of service providing leadership to the coaches, administrators, officials, and member schools of the TSSAA."
- National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Service Award as a Contributor
- First recipient of the "Ronnie Carter Award", given by UCA/Varsity each year at its National competition
- Tennessee School Boards Association Hall of Fame Inductee (2009)
- Fred Russell Lifetime Achievement Award (2010) presented by the Nashville Sports Council
- TSSAA Hall of Fame (2011)
Previous Tennessee inductees include Catherine Neely, Rick Insell, the late Jim Smiddy, the late Buck Van Huss, and the late Boyce Smith, all coaches. Billy Schrivner and the late Bill Pack, were inducted into the Hall of Fame as officials.
The National High School Hall of Fame was started in 1982 by the NFHS to honor high school athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators, fine arts coaches/directors and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school sports and activity programs. This year's class increases the number in the Hall of Fame to 411.
The 13 individuals were chosen after a two-level selection process involving a screening committee composed of active high school state association administrators, coaches and officials, and a final selection committee composed of coaches, former athletes, state association officials, media representatives and educational leaders. Nominations were made through NFHS member associations.
NFHS MEDIA CONTACTS:
Bruce Howard or John Gillis, 317-972-6900
National Federation of State High School Associations
PO Box 690, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
TSSAA MEDIA CONTACT:
Matthew Gillespie, 615-889-6740
PO Box 319, Hermitage, Tennessee 37076
A complete list of the 2013 National High School Hall of Fame Class can be found below.
Four individuals who excelled as high school athletes, including former Washington Redskins' all-pro quarterback Joe Theismann and current Los Angeles Clippers' guard Chauncey Billups, headline the 2013 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.
Joining Theismann and Billups as athletes in the 2013 class are Harrison Dillard, who helped Cleveland (Ohio) East Technical High School to three state track championships before winning four gold medals at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games, and Kristin Folkl Kaburakis, who helped her St. Louis (Missouri) St. Joseph's Academy teams to four state volleyball championships and four state basketball titles in the early 1990s before an outstanding two-sport career at Stanford University.
These four individuals, along with five high school coaches, two officials, one administrator and one in the performing arts, will be inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The 31st Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 94th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.
High school coaches slated for induction this year include Ed Aston, who retired in 2011 after 37 years as girls swimming coach and 33 years as boys swimming coach at Cheshire (Connecticut) High School; Chuck Koeppen, cross country and track coach at Carmel (Indiana) High School for 37 years before retiring in 2008; Chuck Lenahan, who is in his 42nd year as football coach at Plymouth (New Hampshire) Regional High School; Mike Messere, lacrosse coach at Camillus (New York) West Genesee High School for the past 37 years; and James Tate, who has coached cross country and track at Mobile (Alabama) St. Paul's Episcopal High School for the past 34 years.
Jerry Kimmel, a basketball official from Kentucky who recently retired after 56 years as an active official and assigner for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA), and Haig Nighohossian, a soccer official from Granite City, Illinois, who is in his 39th year as an active official with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), are this year's honorees in the Officials category.
Ronnie Carter, who retired in 2009 after 23 years as executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), is this year's inductee in the Administrators category, and Richard Floyd, who is retiring this year after 50 years in music education, including 29 years as director of music for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) in Austin, Texas, is this year's honoree in the Performing Arts category.