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B’ville man receives state award

F-M director of physical education and athletics demonstrates devotion to athletes

Baldwinsville's Rich Roy receives NYSSA award

Baldwinsville's Rich Roy receives NYSSA award

— The New York State Athletic Administrators Association selected Rich Roy, Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s director of physical education and athletics, as the 2012 Chapter 3 New York State Athletic Administrator of the Year.

The annual award is given to an athletic administrator who has shown evidence of devotion and idealism to athletes through the New York State Athletic Administrators Association and has demonstrated influence and power in the promotion of athletics in a positive manner, according to the NYSAAA website.

There are 11 NYSAAA chapters across the state and each chapter selects a winner. There are 108 school districts in Chapter 3, which includes school districts in the Central New York area.

Roy, a Baldwinsville resident, will receive the award during a banquet March 15 in Saratoga Springs.

“I am honored to be receiving this recognition from my peers,” Roy said. “Moreover, I have been privileged to work in the field of interscholastic athletics as well as have a long association with the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.”

Roy served as president of Section III Athletics from 2004 to 2006 and was president of the Onondaga High School League from 1995 to 1997. He plans to retire from F-M at the end of the current school year.

During his 22 years at F-M, Roy added to the district 30 sports teams, four sports programs and 13 athletic fields; helped pioneer the district’s curriculum mapping initiative with his physical education teachers; and created more than 2,000 athletic opportunities for students in grades 7-12. The athletic program has enjoyed numerous successes at state and national levels, which have elevated it to number four in the country, according to ESPN High School.

Roy said he is particularly proud that in 1992 he organized and chaired a committee through Section III to investigate the use of protective eyewear or head gear for female lacrosse players. At the time, the sport was only about four years old, and F-M was one of only eight schools playing girls lacrosse in Section III.

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