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Reading Athletic Director Receives National Award

Jon Payne

Reading Athletic Director Jon Payne is one of eight high school athletic directors in the country that will be honored by the National Federation of State High School Association at an awards ceremony to be held on December 11, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) will award NFHS Citations to eight high school athletic directors during luncheon festivities at the 48th annual National Athletic Directors Conference sponsored jointly by the NFHS and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

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.

Since 1993, Jon Payne, CMAA, has influenced countless students as a teacher, coach, official and administrator in Ohio. After first becoming an athletic director in 2000 at Lemon-Monroe Junior/Senior High School, Payne has led athletic departments in six other school districts before joining Reading High School as assistant principal/director of athletics in 2016.

After two years at Lemon-Monroe and one year as assistant principal of the Dayton Public Schools, Payne was director of athletics of the West Carrollton Schools for five years and school administrative manager of the Indian Prairie School District for two years. He then served as director of athletics at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School (one year), Fairborn City Schools (two years) and Bishop Fenwick High School (three years) prior to joining Reading High School.

Payne is heavily involved in the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association (SWOADA), currently serving as SWOADA past president after terms as president-elect, president, and secretary. He has also planned numerous SWOADA tournaments and his schools have hosted postseason tournaments for volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, and football, among others.

In 2014 and 2015, Payne earned the SWOADA Professional Development Award and in 2008, he was named SWOADA Athletic Director of the Year.

At the state level, Payne currently serves as the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) certification chair and was OIAAA secretary during the 2007-08 school year. He was a member of the OIAAA Conference Planning Committee on three occasions and twice served on the association’s summer institute planning committee.

As a lifetime member of the NIAAA, Payne is a current member of the Certification Committee and serves on the national faculty for Leadership Training Course (LTC) 502. He is also a CAA test administrator and was Ohio’s representative to the NIAAA Delegate Assembly on two occasions.





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