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Winter ADvice

Winter Advice - january 2018

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NIAAA National Conference

More than forty North Carolina Athletic Administrators attended the NIAAA National Conference in Phoenix.  Deran Coe, President, Masanori Toguchi, President-Elect, Chris Skabo, Secretary, and Tony Lewis, Sanderson AD represented the NCADA at the Section III meeting and the Delegate Assembly. The best investment you will ever make is in yourself.

Future National Conference Dates:

  •  San Antonio, Texas Marriott Waterside/Conv. Center, Dec. 14-18, 2018            
  • National Harbor, Maryland Gaylord National, Dec. 14-17, 2019            
  • Tampa, Florida Marriott Waterside/Conv. Center                Embassy Suites Dec. 12-16, 2020


NCADA All-In For Educational Athletics

To promote the benefits of dual membership in the NCADA and NIAAA, the NCADA is encouraging every Conference in North Carolina to achieve “ALL IN for Educational Athletics” by having every school and athletic director in their conference become a member for the 2017-18 school year.

As an incentive for this “ALL IN” effort, the NCADA will: Provide a complimentary, collared polo shirt with NCADA logo for each “ALL IN” high school athletic director conference member that meet the following criteria:

  • 100% dual enrollment (NCADA and NIAAA) of all member schools’ athletic administrators before February 1st, 2018.
  • Submission of “ALL IN”acknowledgment form to Roy Turner, NCADA Executive Director by 2/15/18.
  • Posting of schools and Conferences that are “ALL IN” on NCADA website

Acknowledgement of “ALL IN” schools at the Annual NCADA State Conference in Asheville.

All NCHSAA Conferences which meet the above standards should complete a “Submission of ‘ALL IN’ Data” form to the NCADA on or before February 15, 2018.  To access the form, click HERE For additional questions, contact NCADA Executive Director, Roy Turner, at .

Dates to Remember

2018 NCADA State Conference in Asheville

Welcome to the Crowne Plaza Resort, site of the 2018 NCADA State Conference and Exhibit Show. The North Carolina Athletic Directors Association are excited to be back in Asheville. This 47th Annual State Conference will host more than 450 active, and retired athletic directors, spouses, guests and exhibitors.

The NCADA State Conference is one of the country’s premier conferences, allowing athletic directors from across the state and Section III an opportunity to network with their peers and gain insight and motivation to return home to administer programs with new knowledge, information, and enthusiasm.

As athletic director, you are the key to success within your athletic department in your community. Your ability to lead by example sets the standards and expectations of your coaching staff, student-athletes, parents and community members. It’s by setting standards of excellence that Education Based Athletics continue to prosper. We appreciate your contributions to this profession and applaud you for making a career choice to work with interscholastic student-athletes. Thanks for the work you do.

The NCADA Executive Board is in the process of creating another outstanding conference program this year that features inspiring professional speakers, award recognition, Hall of Fame inductions, face time with NCHSAA personnel, and many opportunities for professional growth (Workshops and NIAAA Leadership Training classes).

While we welcome back attendees who have been to many of the previous 46 conferences, we especially want to welcome our first-time attendees and encourage you to attend the orientation meeting designed to provide beneficial information about the association, mentoring, networking and how to get involved with the NCADA. This meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 25th.

If you would like to receive push notifications of upcoming events during the conference, text "@ncad" to 81010 or (704) 469-4188 and/or send an email to . You can also follow us on Twitter @ncada1970.

Click here to Register for the 2018 Conference


The Value of National Certification

The NIAAA Leadership Training Institute provides our members with a wealth of educational athletics resources through our LTI classes, and the opportunity to become nationally certified as an Athletic Administrator.  NIAAA LTI classes will prepare Athletic administrators with the best practices to educate coaches, parents, and students. As we move into a more diverse and complex athletic arena, becoming a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) or Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA) will serve as a big confidence booster to you and your athletic department, open doors of opportunities in our profession, and in some districts it could even increase your pay.  

As the NCADA forges forward in 2018 we are seeing more and more Athletic Administrator becoming certified as CAA’s in our State. We encourage you to think about joining the ranks of over 100 nationally certified athletic administrators in the State of North Carolina.  The NIAAA prides itself on providing a nationally accredited program for the nation’s Athletic Administrators in our organization. The goal of the NCADA certification committee is to work along with the LTI committee to help certify every Athletic administrator in our State. As North Carolina has been ranked number #1 nationally in student safety in athletics we believe that our CAA’s and CMAA’s are out there leading the way. If you are interested in becoming a CAA or CMAA please contact your NCADA regional representative or Board member to get more information about the Leadership Training Institute. If you have questions about the certification process please contact Bob Hill, CMAA at Looking forward to seeing you in Ashville!

Thanks for all you do,

Bob Hill

NCADA Certification 

District Athletic Coordinator

Orange County Schools


Note from the Executive Director

Phoenix to an Eagle

Hello, my friends,

After attending NIAAA National Conference in Phoenix. Arizona and touring the Red Rocks in Sedona, it is time to put the best ideas into action here in North Carolina.  2017 has been a year of growth for the NCADA but I feel that we can soar like an Eagle to new Heights in 2018.

I am blessed to be surrounded by mentors with big goals and a board of directors who have an appetite for action. They have decided that we are not satisfied with being average.  They want us to go from Good to Great.

By adopting our first NCADA Strategic Plan, the board has decided to act and do the things necessary to strive for excellence and grow our membership. We now have a unified vision and mission for the NCADA and beliefs (our Why).

I invite you to join me on this journey in the coming year, as I believe we will soar to new heights. It would be my joy to help us climb the mountain to reach our goals for this association.

I invite you to be the Phoenix rising from the ashes in your life, your athletic program, and/or your community and to make this be the year you go from Good to Great. Let’s work together to make 2018 great!

Thank you for your continued support!

Your friend, 

Roy Turner


The Value of Membership

By becoming a member of our organization, you will enjoy the opportunity to network, as well as educational leadership and professional development opportunities through NIAAA classes, the NCADA Newsletter, the Annual State Conference and the Summer Leadership Academy.

Join the NCADA, become an active member and begin to experience the many benefits of this professional organization.

Click here to get more information about the benefits of being a member of the NCADA and the NIAAA.

Pictures and/or Articles for the NCADA ADvice

Please email Roy Turner (  if you have any pictures or articles to be included in the quarterly ADvice.

NCADA Professional Development Plan

Professional Development is about learning new skills and knowledge and the ability to apply it effectively at work.  Professional development for the Athletic Administrator can be divided into three categories: formal education, continuing education and on the job training plus personal professional development.

What’s in it for you?

 Better able to successfully achieve your goals

 Gratification from striving to be your best

 Opportunity to expand skills and experience for future career growth

 Opportunity to expand your professional network (relationships)

 National Certification 

Research shows that the more planning and details you include in your personal development plan, the more likely you will actually stick to the plan and change for the better! Do you have a plan?

Click here to view the 2018 NCADA Professional Development Plan. 

NCADA Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Forty-Seventh Annual Conference Banquet

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville at 6:00 pm, the NCADA will recognize:

  • Athletic Director of the Year
  • Jerry McGee Award of Excellence
  • Roll of Honor– created to honor administrators who served our profession and have now passed on.
  • 24th Hall of Fame– Created to honor athletic administrators who have had exemplary careers in athletic administration. The 2018 class of four brings the total inductees to ninety-two.
    • David Ball, Asheville
    • Donnie Baxter, Asheboro
    • Steve Rankin, Troutman
    • Rex Wells, Asheville

Click here to purchase 2018 NCADA Banquet Tickets.

Click here to view the Class of 2018 Press Release (1/5/18)


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