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New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association

Welcome to the NHADA website

Check out this video as schools "turned on the lights" to shine respect on our 2020 Seniors

NH Shine On

Kennett High School Light the Night 2020



. . .You can access the NHADA Return to Play Task Force Guidelines for summer activity and workouts by clicking here

The NHADA Task Force recommends all coaches and administrators to enroll in this worthwhile and timely course:

August 5, 2020
The New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association (NHADA) has made a steadfast commitment to safely prepare for participation in NHIAA sanctioned fall sports.  Beginning in May 2020, the NHADA Task Force was formed to review information regarding a safe return to activity as Athletic Directors were looking for the best way to conduct summer programming.  Our NHADA document has been written and updated regularly for summer activities, and reflects the current best practices as we know them. It is intended for ADs to use in order to introduce appropriate plans for summer activities and workouts during the Covid 19 pandemic.
The information in the document is based on literature from national organizations encouraging a gradual start to activity.  This is a process and we want to be deliberate in our planning to not jeopardize the future.  We anticipate this document to change several more times before the start of fall sports in August.  
The document is to be used as a guide.  The NHADA has endorsed or expressed concern for each section and supporting information and, at this time, we do not currently support games/tourneys/competitions with the intent and focus to play all events within the NHIAA fall sports season.  School districts have the option to follow the guidelines or not and manage their own programming.  If you have questions, issues or concerns, please reach out to the NHADA Task Force committee co-chairs, a task force member (their names are listed at the top of the document) or our NHADA President, Mike Desilets, for clarification.  We are all in this together and hope that everyone stays healthy for the safe return of fall sports.  

. . .We have 11 new ADs who will be joining us in the profession.  We welcome the following to our association:

Tony Johnson                   Bishop Brady

Ryan Brown*                     Bishop Guertin

Sam Struthers                   Coe Brown Northwood Academy

Concord Christian            Carrie Smith

Gorham                               Chad Carter

Manchester Memorial      TBD

Mascenic                             Brad Miller

Mount Royal Academy    Jesse Dow

St. Thomas Aquinas         Emmaline Berg

Sanborn                              Bob Dawson

Souhegan                            Kelli Braley

Winnisquam                      John Larsen


. . . the NFHS offers a free Covid 19 course for coaches and administrators.  Click here for more information.

. . . that some of the NIAAA membership benfits include: 

  • $2,000,000 student injury and property damage liability insurance while performing the duties of an athletic administrator
  • $2,500 term life insurance

 . . . that the NFHS Coaches Association membership is not limited to high school coaches. It can also apply to youth or recreational leagues and college coaching, but the sport must be recognized for high school participation by the state high school association. Great deal at only $35.00 per year for general aggregate coverage of $5,000,000 and each occurrence at $2,000,000. Check out the links on for more information.  Protect yourself and your family.

. . . that Senate Bill 282-FN - an act relative to suicide prevention education in schools - was signed into law by Governor Sununu on August 2, 2019?   

Each school district and chartered public school shall develop a policy that guides the development and implementation of a coordinated plan to prevent, assess the risk of, intervene in, and respond to suicide.  Each school district and chartered public school shall, within 9 months of the effective date of this chapter, require all school faculty and staff, including contracted personnel, to receive at least 2 hours of training in suicide awareness and prevention annually.  Such training may include, but not be limited to, youth suicide risk factors, warning signs, protective factors, response procedures, referrals, post-intervention, and resources available within the school and community.  The training may be accomplished within the framework of existing in-service training programs or offered as part of ongoing professional development activities.  School districts and chartered public schools shall allow the use of self-training materials in fulfilling the annual training requirements of this paragraph and each school district and chartered public school may determine how to both administer the annual training requirements and ensure that such training requirements are met.  This paragraph may apply to all or some school volunteers in accordance with school district policy.

Effective Date:  This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.

Check with your SAU office regarding the implementation process in your schools.

. . . that the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) has become the first association to receive accreditation from Cognia (formerly AdvancED).  Cognia is the equivalent of New England's Accreditation Team: NEASC.

The initial Accreditation came in February of 2011 after the NIAAA hosted a review team in December of 2010 at the National Athletic Directors Conference (NADC). Subsequent to that review and recommendation from the team, in early February, the Cognia (AdvancED) board of directors granted the NIAAA accreditation status for five years. 

Achieving this status has provided significant positive implications for the organization, its member state associations, individual members and our college partners. Everyone in the NIAAA family is extremely proud of this achievement. 

It is an accomplishment that is owned by every member of the association. In December of 2015, the NIAAA again hosted a (AdvancED) review team at the NADC. Subsequent to that review, the NIAAA Accreditation status has been renewed for another five years through 2020. 

Click this link for more info on NIAAA Accreditation

Traveling this summer and want some professional development in the car?  Listen to the OFF DUTY ADs podcast.  Find the link under Toolbox - Podcasts, Videos and Helpful Links

Also, the AD Insider videos are linked there as well.  Check them out!


With our website developed by BigTeams & Schedule Star, we are going to be able to post information quicker and easier than ever before with a dynamic layout. Athletic Directors across the state will have better access to NHADA news & updates, documents, general information and more.

With this site, we will also do our best to showcase various highlights and recognize the accomplishments of both individuals and groups throughout the year. The site will be more visual, as we aim to create photo galleries of our events and provide more interactivity with new features such as an online "open dates" request system, and a "jobs" section for coach openings that you can submit to. Once your submissions have been received, we will approve them for display on the website for the rest of the NHADA membership to view.

We do not know how the future will play out.  We plan to continue to provide professional development opportunities for coaches and ADs and will update our virtual learning tab as we know more.  Stay tuned for updates and information.

We look forward to a healthy, productive school year in 2020-2021.