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Dwayne Johnson Receives Athletic Director and Service Awards

Dwayne Johnson Receives Athletic Director and Service Awards
Posted on 05/05/2016
Athletic Director

Port Angeles, Wash. – Port Angeles School District Athletic Director Dwayne Johnson has been honored with two awards recently, WIAA 2016 League Athletic Director of the Year for the Olympic League and the Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association’s (WSSAAA) Athletic Administrator Outstanding Service Award for 2015-16.

Shelly Thiel, director of the West Central District III of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), nominated Johnson for both awards.

 “It has been a pleasure to have worked with Dwayne the past several years,” Thiel said. “He’s a first class individual with strong leadership qualities. He’s always willing to listen and hear you out.”

“Although he may be pulled in many directions, he has the calm, cool demeanor to handle tough tasks,” Thiel added. “Chairing appeal committees, hearing violation issues, coordinating monthly meetings…..Dwayne sees as more of a challenge or opportunity, rather than a burden.”

“He follows the strong leadership of his late father, Ron Johnson, who was also a member of the West Central District III Executive Board….becoming the first father-son to hold the same position as President…. perhaps the only such example in the State,” Thiel explained.

The (WSSAAA) Athletic Director Service Award was created to recognize athletic directors who have made a significant contribution at the school, league, regional, or state level in any one-year. Criteria for the award, along with current membership and active leadership role, includes: positive contribution impacting the management of athletic programs at the league, district or state level through one or more of the following: promotion of student athletes or coaches, personnel/facility management/community issues, Title IX or gender equity issues, exemplifying creative inspiration/motivation to others

Johnson is current president of the West Central District III, current president of the Olympic League, Track and Gymnastics chairman serving the 70+ Boys and Girls schools in the West Central District III. Johnson also serves his community as a Board Trustee at Peninsula Community College. In addition, as a Makah Tribal member, he has been active in Washington, D.C. supporting Native American women and youth issues.

Johnson will be honored by the Board of Directors at its May 19 meeting to be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Services Building, 216 East 4th Street.

The Olympic League award was announced at the West Central District III Athletic Director Meeting on February 4, 2016. The WSSAAA Athletic Administrator award was presented Wednesday, April 27 at the 43rd annual Washington State Athletic Directors Conference April 26-29 in Spokane.

For additional information, contact:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District
360.565.3703
tsmithohara@portangelesschools.org