Fred Mcdaniel To Receive Nfhs Citation



INDIANAPOLIS— The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) will award NFHS Citations to eight high school athletic directors December 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana, including one North Carolinian.

Fred McDaniel of Fayetteville will be among those recognized during luncheon festivities at the 42nd annual National Athletic Directors Conference sponsored jointly by the NFHS and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

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.

This year’s award winners also Craig Gladwell, CAA, athletic director, Lehi (Utah) High School; Dr. David Hoch, CMAA, retired athletic director, Fallston, Maryland; Lawrence Johnson, CAA, athletic director, Alamogordo (New Mexico) Public Schools; Michael Maghan, CMAA, retired athletic director, Keizer, Oregon; Paul Mengold,  CAA, athletic director, Amity Regional School District, Woodbridge, Connecticut; Geoffrey Penrod, CMAA, athletic director, Columbia City (Indiana) High School; and Peggy Stibbe, CMAA, assistant principal/activities director, Discovery Middle School, Fargo, North Dakota. 

Fred McDaniel, CMAA, recently retired after 10 years as athletic director of the Cumberland County Schools in Fayetteville and 23 years overall as an athletic director.

McDaniel began his career at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville in 1974, where he was head baseball, head wrestling and assistant football coach until 1988. Under his coaching, the baseball team won its first conference championship and made the state playoffs for the first time in school history. As head wrestling coach, McDaniel had one state champion wrestler under his tutelage.

In 1988, McDaniel took on assistant principal and athletic director duties at Westover High School. During his time at Westover, he hosted the girls conference basketball tournament from 1988 to 1991, and the conference wrestling tournament from 1990 to 1993.

In 1994, McDaniel continued his career at Cape Fear as assistant principal and athletic director. There, he hosted the volleyball conference tournament in 1995 and the conference wrestling tournament from 1997 to 1998. He also served as Mid-South 4A Conference president from 1999 to 2004 and served on the board of directors for the Southeastern Officials Association in football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and wrestling.

At the state level, McDaniel was a member of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association (NCADA) Board of Directors from 2001 to 2004 and was NCADA president in 2009. He has taught 11 Leadership Training Courses at the state level.

McDaniel has been a member of the NIAAA for 23 years, and a National Athletic Directors Conference attendee for 21 years. McDaniel earned his CAA in 1999 and his CMAA in 2009. He took his first coach education class in 1989, became a certified instructor and began teaching courses to coaches in the Cumberland County School System. McDaniel also took the first NFHS Coach Education course and became a certified coach education instructor for the NFHS.

Most recently, McDaniel served as president of the North Carolina City/County Athletic Directors in 2006-07. In 2007, he became secretary of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association Executive Board before serving as its vice president in 2008 and president in 2009 and 2010.