A well-deserved shout-out to Ohio High School Athletic Association associate commissioner for operations Bob Goldring. He was among 15 citation winners who were chosen by the National Federation of State High School Associations and announced on Wednesday.
These are the highest honors by the NFHS, which oversees all the similar state associations, including the OHSAA.
Goldring is in his 22nd year with the OHSAA. He initially began as the director of information services. He was promoted to an assistant commissioner in 2005 and three years later appointed his current position.
Anyone who has been in a high school administrative role for athletics since the mid-1990’s has likely crossed paths with Goldring in some way. He’s one of a select few who are tasked with overseeing 800-plus association members. It’s a thankless job – when was the last time you heard or read someone praising the OHSAA? – but nonetheless an important governing filter between member schools and especially transgressions.
That’s not all that concerns the OHSAA. There are many more parts to it than citing rules violations. Acknowledging sportsmanship, academic achievement, service and continually amending its many bylaws for the betterment of player safety, coaches, fans and the general experience of high school sports also are integral to its 100-plus years of service.
The 2017 NFHS Citation recipients will be honored on July 1 during the 98th annual summer meeting at Providence, Rhode Island.