Wagner honored during annual meeting for athletic directors
Originally published: Sep 10, 2013 - 12:00 am
The tears and appreciation for the late Art Wagner continue to flow.
The beloved friend of many of the state’s high schools sports administrators was honored Monday posthumously during the Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association's annual conference in Prescott. Wagner was awarded the AIAAA’s Distinguished Service Award during a luncheon that also honored a handful of the state’s current and retired administrators.
Wagner passed away in May, but his legacy of skillfully bringing diverse groups to the table to reach a consensus was noted Monday. During his 25 years of distinguished service to different high schools, Wagner’s roles ranged from security guard to the executive director of support services for the Higley Unified School District and Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board President.
Wagner’s wife, Kat Hughes, Higley Elementary and Middle School’s principal, accepted her late husband’s award as the AIAAA’s members stood and clapped.
AIAAA 2013 award recipients
Richard Ormand, Blue Ridge High. Zig Kwiatkowski Rookie Step to the Plate award
Joanne Curley, Seligman High. Class 1A Athletic Director of the Year
Nate Agostini, Horizon Honors High. Class 2A AD of the Year
Don Petranovich, Winslow High. Class 3A AD of the Year
Jeff Feldman, Greenway High. Class 4A AD of the Year
Mike Sivertson, Peoria Unified School District. Class 5A AD of the Year
George Allen, sports broadcaster. Special Service Commendation
Robert M. Delgado, President, CEO of Hensley. Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award
Derek Fahleson, Estrella Foothills High. State Award of Merit
Herman House, Tucson Unified School District Director of Interscholastics. Nominee for National Federation of High Schools Citation Award
AIAAA Hall of Fame inductees
John Blabe, Antelope High
Jerry Gastellum, Cholla High
Patrick Witter, Buckey High
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