The Southwest Ohio Athletic Director Association (SWOADA) and Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) recently announced that two CPS athletic directors are recipients of 2022 awards.
Joshua Hardin and Jabreel Moton are both being recognized for their hard work and dedication to CPS student athletes!
Josh Hardin, CPS' district athletics manager, was selected by his peers for the SWOADA Jim Rolfes Professional Development Award. This award is presented to a recipient who most possesses and has contributed to the vision of Professional Development-the legacy of Jim Rolfes who led the professional development of SWOADA for many years.
Hardin has served as the district athletics manager since 2016 and previously served as the Walnut Hills assistant athletic director. Each year, he hosts an annual district-wide Scholar Athlete Leadership Conference focused on developing over 100 of our students into young leaders. In addition to ensuring the positive development of student athletes, Hardin leads Professional Development training for the 14 Athletic Directors and multitude of coaches at CPS. In 2018, he launched the Academic & Athletic Accountability (AAA) Pathway to offer academic support and resources for all student-athletes. AAA Pathway was highlighted in Education Week, a national publication.
"I am honored to be presented with this award and to be working with a staff that is so dedicated to our student-athletes," Hardin said.
Jabreel Moton, athletic director at Woodward High School, was selected by his peers for the SWOADA/OIAAA Athletic Director of the Year. Moton has served as Woodward's athletic director since 2017 and previously served Woodward as a paraprofessional and head reserve basketball coach. Moton is employed by CPS' partner Activities Beyond the Classroom.
The SWOADA/OIAAA Athletic Director of the Year is presented to individuals who exemplify the highest standards of their profession and who, through their influence on the lives of young people under their direction, had made significant contributions to their school and community.
As Woodward's athletic director, Moton has increased programming by adding sports such as wrestling, indoor track, dance team, step team and band. He was responsible for hiring a head basketball coach that lead to back to back conference titles. His leadership has led to an increase in athletic participation, increased student athlete GPAs, and increased graduation rates for student-athletes.
"It is an honor to receive this award and to be surrounded by phenomenal staff, coaches, teachers, administrators and students," Moton said.
Hardin and Moton will receive their awards at a ceremony in April at Wright State University.