2012 recipients of the Naismith Hall of Fame award
OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross is pictured with J Paul White and Dale Creamer the two 2012 recipients of the Naismith Hall of Fame award. Also pictured is OHSAA Board President Tony Mantell, who is also a member of the Southeast District Athletic Board.
Paul White served his thirty-five year career in the same school district. He was hired in 1968 as a teacher/coach in the Bloom-Vernon Local School District in South Webster, Ohio, and retired from the district in 2003 where he had served the last thirteen years as local superintendent.
During his years at South Webster, he served as a teacher, J.V. and Varsity basketball coach, A.D./assistant principal, high school principal and local superintendent.
Paul was also responsible for leading the school district to expand its athletic program, which consisted of baseball and basketball for boys only in 1968, into a range of offerings for both boys and girls which currently include: cross-country, golf, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ track and field and coed-soccer.
During his career, White also served the OHSAA, serving the Southeast District Athletic Board for fourteen years and the State Board of Control of the OHSAA for four years.
Paul received several awards and recognitions of accomplishments during his career, but is most proud of promoting and working with others to help them reach their full potential.
White is proud of the fact that at one time, six of the head coaches in the SOC (Southern Ohio Conference) were former players of his. He also promoted eighteen teachers that worked with him to administrative positions in various districts as either principals and/or superintendents during his tenure as a school administrator.
His son, Raegan is currently the superintendent of the Fayetteville-Perry Local School District in Brown County. His daughter, Courtney Heidelberg, is the communications director of the Florida State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee.
Naismith Service Award Presented to Dan Brisker
Following his graduation from Oak Hill High School in 1965, Dan Brisker matriculated to Capital University (Bachelor of Science degree in 1969) and eventually to The Ohio State University, where he received his Master of Arts degree in educational administration in 1973. At Capital, Dan was a four year letter winner in basketball and golf.
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