OHSAA/OIAAA Award of Excellence

February 27, 2018

Saint Joseph Academy is proud to announce that it is one of seven Ohio high school athletic departments that has been selected to receive the Annual “Award of Excellence” recognition in 2018. The award, a collaboration between the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA), recognizes schools that provide exemplary support and promotion of education-based athletic programming in their school and community.

Recipients of this year’s award are:

Hilliard Darby High School (Chris Ludban, athletic administrator)
Proctorville Fairland High School (Jeff Gorby, athletic administrator)
Galion High School (Kyle Baughn, athletic administrator)
Marietta High School (Rick Guimond, athletic administrator)
Rocky River High School (Mark Wagner, athletic administrator)
Saint Joseph Academy (John Manuszak, athletic administrator)
Sycamore High School (Phil Poggi, athletic administrator)

The focus of the award is to recognize ongoing and consistent efforts on the part of Ohio interscholastic athletic departments that demonstrate best practice in the endorsement and promotion of school-based athletic programming. Specifically, this award recognizes schools that demonstrate intentional efforts to exemplify the mission and culture of education-based athletic programs as an ongoing process.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the OHSAA and OIAAA,” said Saint Joseph Academy Athletic Director John Manuszak. “At Saint Joseph Academy we pride ourselves on the fact that our athletic programs have a greater purpose. Through our outstanding coaching staff, we strive to develop our student-athletes to carry out our school’s mission while also developing life skills and learning beyond the classroom. This award is a testament to the entire Academy community for their support and belief in education-based athletics. We are also proud to be the only all-girls school recognized with this honor.”

Dr. Dan Ross, Executive Director of the OHSAA, Jerry Snodgrass, Assistant Commissioner of the OHSAA, Bo Hanson, President of the OIAAA and Bruce Brown, Executive Director of the OIAAA issued the following joint statement on the presentation of the award: “Ohio interscholastic athletic programs have always been considered some of the most exemplary programs in the country in reflecting the value our schools and communities place upon education-based sports. The recipients of the ‘Award of Excellence’ have demonstrated a consistent and well-developed plan to keep the focus of their sport programs upon delivering life-long skills for all participants and mirroring the educational mission of their respective institutions.”

The OHSAA and the OIAAA believe there are several benchmarks which identify quality, education-based athletic programs:

  • School athletic programs are inherently educational
  • School athletic programs compliment the educational experience
  • School athletic programs enhance the educational mission of the school
  • School athletic programs serve as an extension of the academic classroom
  • School athletic programs teach life lessons not regularly available in the academic classroom
  • School athletic programs have courts, fields, tracks, pools and courses as teaching classrooms

Saint Joseph Academy and the six other high schools receiving this award will be honored during the 2018 Ohio Boys State Basketball Championships on Thursday, March 22 at halftime of the 2 p.m. Division IV state basketball semifinals at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.

For additional details on the “Award of Excellence” criteria, go to:



Now in its 128th year, Saint Joseph Academy is the only Catholic high school for girls in the City of Cleveland. With a current enrollment of 725 young women, Saint Joseph Academy is rooted in the spirituality of the Congregation of St. Joseph and works to foster unifying relationships with God and all creation. Each young woman is empowered to achieve academic excellence, and inspired to a life of compassionate leadership and service in a global society. Saint Joseph Academy is located at 3470 Rocky River Drive in Cleveland. For more information, visit www.sja1890.org or call 216.251.6788.