Lakota is celebrating an “Athletic Director of the Year” for southwest Ohio.
distinction belongs to Lakota West Athletic Director Scott Kaufman
and serves as a nomination for state and national recognition, to be
announced in November.
“Scott continues to be one of the leaders
in his profession,” said Jerry Snodgrass, assistant commissioner for
the Ohio High School Athletic Association. “He has been innovative,
while keeping the core values of athletics at the center of his
philosophy. Scott is well-respected across the state in the athletic
Under Kaufman’s leadership for the
last three years, Lakota West Athletics has brought home a state
championship and two GMC championships in girls basketball, four GMC
championships in boys baseball, and more than 100 student-athletes who
have committed to continuing their academic and athletic careers at
the collegiate level.
According to West Principal Elgin Card,
Kaufman has also been on the leading edge of about 15 different
facility upgrades and enhancement projects, helping stretch both
district funds and private donations to maintain a model athletic
“Lakota West’s high school and athletics facilities
are nearing 20 years old and some of our most veteran coaching staff
are reaching the end of their careers,” Card said. “So it’s a critical
time for our athletics program and Scott has both the financial sense
to prioritize what’s most important and the passion to inspire others
to help sustain our program.”
Kaufman says he is humbled by
the honor, but owes much of it to the team of coaches, parents,
students, administrators, trainers and so many others who support his
work every day.
The Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors
Association (SWOADA) presents the award to an individual “who
exemplifies the highest standards of their profession and who, through
their influence on the lives of young people under their direction, has
made significant contributions to their school and community.”
Two of the Association’s board members expressed their support of the decision to honor Kaufman’s nomination.
has been a leader in the southwest district for 20-plus years,” said
Doug Foote, SWOADA secretary and athletic director and dean of
students at New Richmond High School. “Scott has worked closely with
the OHSAA in dealing with several issues such as arbiter and
competitive balance, and has taken the lead role in that as well as
running sectional, district and regional tournaments. Scott is very
deserving of receiving the AD of the year award.”
does an exceptional job as AD for the Firebirds and deeply cares
about Lakota West,” said SWOADA board member and assistant principal
and athletic administrator for Western Brown High School. “He is a
great ambassador for the athletic directors in the southwest district
and throughout Ohio.”
Photo courtesy of Jenny Walters Photography.