Fairfield High School athletic director Mike Schmidt has been recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.
Schmidt earned the distinction by demonstrating exemplary knowledge, contributions and ongoing professional development in the interscholastic athletic administrator field, per a press release. The certification process, which was voluntary, considered a thorough evaluation of Schmidt’s educational background, experience, NIAAA Leadership Courses, and professional contributions, culminating with a practical oral or writer presentation project.
Schmidt satisfied those requirements by taking 20 short classes in the last two years, sitting for a proctored three-hour exam and completing the implemented project.
Last summer, Schmidt also received his Master of Science Degree in Athletic Administration from Grace College in Indiana after completing 36 credit hours while focusing on Educational Athletics and School Marketing.
In 2017 Schmidt applied for and was awarded a position on the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Credentials committee.
“In high school athletics, it is important to stay up to date on the current trends in law, liability, sportsmanship and the evaluation process,” Schmidt said in a press release. “I wanted to try to bring some fresh ideas back to our community to help continue to improve the school district and athletic program, and I was hoping to perhaps increase Montana’s recognition in the athletic director arena nationally.
The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members, 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.
- Great Falls Tribune