Five PVA Officials Received 2014 PVA USATF Officials Outstanding Service Awards
At the September 14, 2014 PVA Officials meeting at Walter Johnson High School, five PVA Officials were recognized for outstanding service to PVA during 2014. Those awarded included, from left to right, Allen Naylor, Orretta Johnson, Herbert Nicholls, Tawanda Howe and Adrian Dixon
Three PVA Officials nominated for USATF National Awards.
Adrian Dixon, Sandra Lovelace and Morton Diamond (deceased) have been nominated. They are in competition with nominees from all over the U.S. and the winners will be announced at the USATF Convention in December at Anaheim, CA.
early career, he functioned mostly as a coach where he excelled
because of his athletic experience, expertise and rapport with the
athletes. He coached at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington DC
where his teams won numerous Outdoor and Indoor Track and Field and
Cross Country championships. One of his elite athletes was Sheila
Ingram, who became a 1976 Olympian helping the USA team to
a silver metal in the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay, also with
a 6th place finish in the individual 400 meters.
He was duly recognized by being chosen in 1988 to be one of the
coaches for the USA National Junior Track and Field team at the World
Championships held in Sudbury England in 1988.
He was also on the staff for the USA Track and Field team for
the dual England/USA meet held in London, England in 1990. His
recognition continued, being named the Washington Post Girls Track
Coach of the year in 1998, inducted into the Washington DC Coaches
Hall of Fame in 2005 and in 2006 named the National Federation of High
School Associations Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Adrian’s devotion to hundreds of athletes and the sport is
certainly an excellent indication of his humanitarian efforts through
leadership, developmental welfare and fellowship.
has likewise excelled with his track and field officiating.
He has worked mainly as a starter over his fifty one year
career. As many have
done, he first officiated while in a coaching position in order to get
meets done. As time went on and at the urging of his mentor, Mr. Arthur
Miles, Adrian became more involved as an official. He joined TAC, the
forerunner of USATF in 1983 and lent his support to the local USATF
Associations. Over the
last 25 years he has been a starter at the PVA Association Youth meet,
being heard starter several times.
His national USATF meets include the USATF Mobil One Elite meet
held at Gorge Mason U, the USATF Junior Olympics as a starter in 2006,
2012, 2013 and 2014 and on the finish line in 2009. He also was a
starter at the USATF National Youth Outdoor meet in 2011 and the USATF
Youth National Indoor meet in 2013 and 2014.
also served as the head starter for The East Coast Youth Invitational
previously held in Maryland for 15 years.
College championship meets worked include the NCAA Division II
Outdoor Championships in 1994, 2000 and 2007 as a starter and the NCAA
Division II Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2010 and 2014,
respectively, as the finish line coordinator.
He worked the North East Conference (6 years as a starter or at
the finish line), the MEAC Indoor (6 years), CIAA Outdoor (head
starter for 10 years) and George Mason University as the head starter
for the indoor meets and either a starter or clerk for the outdoor
has been instrumental in working with high school officials in
Washington DC as the NFHS rules interpreter.
In addition, he currently is the meet director for Washington
DC HS indoor and outdoor championship track meets.
He has shown his leadership and developmental welfare of
athletes, officials and coaches.
It is to be recognized that many of the athletes and adults
Adrian has and is working with come from disadvantaged, economically
stressed communities; and, the lessons he has offered, thru track and
field, continues to make a significant difference on the wholesome and
honest development of many individuals.
Therefore, you are strongly urged to consider Adrian Dixon for
this prestigious award.
continued to gain valuable experience as a starter in 2005, working 25
meets as a starter, some solo, and some such as the U Maryland
Invitational with experienced starters as she honed her skills.
She also worked 18 other meets as a Hytex official, clerking,
timing and a horizontal jumps official. Sandra became very active in
our PVA Officials Committee writing a corner on tid-bits of
information and tips for officials.
In 2006 she revved up her officiating as a starter to 37 meets,
many as a head starter at our Association meets. She also became a
proficient lap counter at the collegiate level.
the ensuing years, Sandra became in high demand as a starter for a
number of higher profile college and youth meets. She stayed in high
demand and worked higher profile meets including the Historically
Black College National Invitational, the NE College Championships, the
Nike HS Nationals, the NCAA Division 1 East Championship and the East
Coast Youth. At the
same time, she remembered the local meets and continued to serve as a
starter when she was available. She
also became known for her preparation for the meets, and developed her
own lap counting sheets; and she continued to support our Officials
Committee with pertinent official’s information.
years progressed, Sandra’s expertise and professionalism as a
starter landed her invitations for more and more upper level meets.
She became known up and down the east coast.
She continued as a starter with the NCAA Division 1 East
Regional, several College Conference Championships such as the MEAC,
the CAA, Big South Conference and the NE Conference, and other
prestige meets like the New Balance HS National, the Outdoor National
Masters, the USATF Youth National Indoor Meet and in 2014, the NCAA
Division 1 Indoor Meet. Sandra,
during this period, continued her skills as a head lap counter at the
exemplifies every meet director’s expectation for a starter.
She arrives at the track early and walked it to ascertain the
markings for the start of every race.
As a team leader, she communicates with her starter, usually
prepares assignment cards and reviews the rules and instructions prior
to the start of the first race. She communicates with the clerks, the umpires, the finish
line officials and lap counters to make sure everyone is on board.
When Sandra is the starter, the meet runs well.
It is with great pleasure to nominate Sandra Lovelace for the Charles Ruter Award for the 2014 Outstanding Running Event Official
He was a
bright kid with a passion for sports, especially track and field. He
ran for Long Beach High School (setting a NY state record in the
220-yard low hurdles), for Adelphi College where he broke the 21 year
old record in the 440 yard Intermediate Hurdles,. and at the New York
Pioneer Club. Adelphi inducted him into it Athletics Hall of Fame in
2005. He did his Army
hitch, met and married Esther Greenberg in 1959, and made his way to
Maryland to raise a family, officiate, coach and organize track meets.
Mort was an outstanding track and field official having worked as both a head field official and as member of a team of PVA officials that officiated at several levels of T & F competition. He worked at many NCAA, both invitational and conference championships, including MEAC, NEC, CAC, IC4A, Nat. Junior Col., AE & ACC. He worked at USATF International Indoor Grand Prix meets, the Nike Indoor National HS Meets; and innumerable meets held locally. Mort officiated and organized the officials for the Naval Academy indoor and outdoor meets for several years, including Army-Navy meets.
Mr. Diamond served as an official in many age group meets up to and including regional and the national Junior Olympics meets. He was a regular presence at many meets not just in the Potomac region but in the Metropolitan NY (NYC area) and New Jersey Associations, as well. He officiated at Princeton University between 1987 – 2012; its Athletic department honored him with by establishing an annual award in his name for its track athlete that most exceeds expectation. .The president of NY Shore Athletic Club in 2013 honored him as “one of the nation’s best officials and meet organizers; as well as a friend to all in the track world.” He also was recognized by his peers, fellow officials, for outstanding service to the PVA Officials, on at least a few occasions. In 2001 Diamond was honored at the USATF Annual Meeting with the President’s Award for his years of service and leadership.
As founder and president of the Maryland Track and Field Development Association, he and Bob Rothenberg ( long Time coach at Brown University) established the East Coast Invitational Track and Field Championships and for 25 years were co-meet directors. The meet attracted top youth athletes from 22 states in America and from Caribbean countries, and Japan. Mort supervised approximately 175 volunteers and officials. The event was recognized as the most outstanding youth track meet in the entire country. All star ECI teams were formed to compete against international athletes from Germany, Japan and Jamaica.
He served on a number of committees within the National USATF including the national age group rules committee and the national field events committee. Mort served or held several positions at PVA from 1970 to 2000 including president, treasurer and assisted J. Arthur Miles with the Official’s Committee, helping organize Official’s Clinics. During this time, the name changed from AAU, Potomac Valley Chapter; to the Athletics Congress, Potomac and Metropolitan Washington Region; and finally to its current name, U.S.A. Track and Field, Potomac Valley Association (PVA).
As Co-Founder and Deputy Director of TuTTie’s Place Mort was honored at the First Annual "Mort Diamond You Make a Difference" Awards Banquet to which he received the "Lifetime Achievement Award". TuTTie’s Place is a Baltimore, Md. Is a community-based group foster care model working with young men amid the tough environment in which they live, making a difference to many, many of our youth. As founder and president of the Bowie Interfaith Recreation Council, he organized a consortium of 23 houses of worship to compete in athletics for men, women and children. He organized officials and officiated at these meets.
demonstrated his concern for fairness in officiating for several
decades. Color was not the most important thing and
he clearly recognized the chasm between the haves and
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