INDIANAPOLIS— Ten individuals who have made outstanding contributions to interscholastic athletics, including one from North Carolina, have been named recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).
Angie Miller, CMAA, district athletic director and healthful living coordinator of the Nash-Rocky Mount school system, will be honored December 16 in National Harbor, Maryland, during the banquet at the 45th 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 directors associations, screened by the NIAAA Awards Committee and selected by the NIAAA Board of Directors.
Besides Miller. this year’s winners include Jeff Benson, CMAA, athletic director, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, South Paris, Maine; Clayton Carter, CMAA, athletic director, Tooele County School District, Tooele, Utah; Carol Dozibrin, CAA, director of athletics, Winnacunnet High School, Hampton, New Hampshire; Glen Gillespie, retired athletic director, Sylvania (Ohio) Southview High School; John Gregory, CMAA, athletic director, Nampa (Idaho) High School; Marlin Hammond, CAA, retired athletic director, Lincoln (Missouri) R-2 Schools; Marc Haught, CMAA, athletic director, Maize (Kansas) School District; Stephen May, CMAA, assistant principal of student activities, Wheeling (Illinois) High School; and Kris Welch, CMAA, athletic director, Century High School, Hillsboro, Oregon.
Angie Miller has spent past two decades establishing herself as a leader of interscholastic athletic administration in North Carolina. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Pembroke State University and her master’s degree from East Carolina University, Miller began her career in education in 1993 at James B. Hunt High School in Wilson.
During her 13 years at Hunt, Miller was a teacher, coach and athletic director. She assisted the county athletic director in scheduling of events and hiring of officials, and improved the working relationship between the middle school and high school athletic programs.
In 2006, Miller was named district athletic director and healthful living coordinator of the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools. As athletic director, Miller oversees the athletic programs in five high schools and works with the superintendent to develop the annual system-wide budget and interprets board policy for the district’s athletic directors and coaches.
As the healthful living coordinator, Miller conducts and evaluates healthful living education curriculum, staff training and budgets.
She is active at the state level, where she currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. She has also served on the board of directors of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association (NCADA). In 2010-11, Miller was the board secretary and was NCADA vice president in 2011-12.
Miller has continued her professional development by earning her national board certification in physical education in 2006. She also earned her NIAAA Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA) certification in 2011 and became an Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) through the NFHS Coach Education Program in 2010.
Among her honors, Miller was North Carolina’s recipient of the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2011. She also earned the NCADA President’s Award in 2013.