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.
Myles Wilson, CAA, CIC, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, is the recipient of the 2015 NFHS Coach Educator of the Year Award. Wilson is the district athletic administrator for athletic facilities and operations of the Spartanburg (South Carolina) School District 7. Wilson spearheaded a three-year effort to encourage his district to require its coaches to earn the Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) certification through the NFHS. As a result, in August 2014, Superintendent Russell Booker announced that all Spartanburg District 7 middle school and high school coaches would have to complete their AIC certificate by December 31, 2014, and that the district would cover expenses for all coaches. Wilson now administers the AIC program, which is the first in South Carolina to set this requirement. Other districts in the state are now looking at duplicating Spartanburg’s program, and Wilson often speaks to other districts regarding the advantages of professional development for coaches and how to implement such a program.