Mallory Mayse, legal counsel for the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) who has helped the MSHSAA and countless other state associations for more than 40 years with pending legal issues and court challenges, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Award of Merit from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Mayse has successfully defended numerous MSHSAA bylaws from legal challenges, including maximum age, transfer, residency and non-school competition. In all nine decisions handled by Mayse before state and federal appellate courts, MSHSAA bylaws and actions were upheld and have been cited in other jurisdictions. Mayse has been a tireless advocate for the values of education-based activity programs, and he has co-authored or contributed to many amicus briefs to support other state associations.
NFHS Citations are awarded to individuals whose contributions have impacted high school activity programs through their association with one of the following groups of professionals: state associations and NFHS staff, athletic directors, coaches, officials, music adjudicators and directors, and speech, debate and theatre directors.
Liam Frawley, CMAA, athletic director at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg, New York, isthe recipient of the 2016 NFHS Coach Educator of the Year Award. Frawley has held his current position with the South Orangetown Central School District since 2005. He is dedicated to personal and professional development, as evidenced by his service to the New York State Athletic Administrators Association, currently as its vice president and before that as chairperson for professional development. Frawley has also worked in collegiate and private schools, in addition to eight seasons as an athletic trainer in professional baseball. He has been recognized by his alma mater, Manhattan College, with a Distinguished Alumni award. Since the fall of 2013, Frawley has worked closely with Robert Zayas, executive director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, to lobby the New York State Education Department to develop a pathway to coach certification that was less restrictive than the previous 120-hour classroom instruction (over a five-year period) requirement to receive a profession coaching license.