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The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Hank Weedin, Athletic Director at Salem High School, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.

To earn this distinction, Weedin has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration.

“Mr. Weedin’s new certification is indicative of his work ethic.  He is always looking for new and better ways improving our athletic program,” said Salem School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Lynn Reed. 

The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate’s educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.

Thank you.  Not sure what you want.  But basically…

“The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) offers  courses/classes over the many topics related to athletic administration,” said Weedin.  “Over the past 5 years I have attended the state conference and taken courses that I thought would benefit me in running an athletic program.  After taking a handful of courses I decided to go ahead and take the remaining ones necessary to qualify for the CAA examination.”  

Weedin is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.

“We’re very proud of Hank,” said Becky White, Salem Community School Board President. “He’s outstanding as an athletic director for Salem Schools. He’s shown leadership and fairness in all athletics for all three of our schools and is a tremendous asset to our corporation.”

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members. 

“Some of the courses are related to legal issues in high schools and sport, other courses I have taken are over Title IX, finance, hosting events, etc,” Weedin said. “After taking the required courses you must also reach a certain amount of credits to be able to apply to take the exam.  You get credits based on courses taken, major events hosted (conference tourney, sectional or higher), coaching experience, etc.  I reached my final criteria this past spring and applied to take the exam at the National Athletic Directors Conference this December.  It is a pass/fail test and you have to have something like 85% to pass.  Questions come from all the different courses they offer so the more courses you take the better chance you have to pass.”

The certification is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.