Nebo’s Dave Boyack Honored as Outstanding Athletic Director Nationally

Submitted by lana.hiskey on Mon, 12/27/2021 - 15:47
Dave Boyack Receiving National Award
Dave Boyack Honored as Outstanding Athletic Director Nationally

Dave Boyack in Spanish Fork, Utah, and Maple Mountain High’s Athletic Director, was honored in December as one of eight in 2021 by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

NFHS Citations are presented annually to outstanding athletic directors in recognition of contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels. State associations nominate athletic directors for NFHS Citations, and the NFHS Board of Directors approves recipients.

David Boyack has spent the last 12 years as athletic director at Maple Mountain High School within the Nebo School District in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Boyack has served as a board member of the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (UIAAA) for three years, including the year 2017 as president. During Boyack’s tenure as president, there was an increase in UIAAA membership, an increase in the number of attendees at the National Athletic Directors Conference, and more qualified athletic/activity leaders in the state of Utah. He is an active participant at the state’s conference--attending every state-level conference since he was appointed as athletic director at his high school.

When asked about the award, Dave humbly said, “I am grateful for those who nominated me for this award. Specifically the executive director of the UIAAA, Marc Hunter, and the Utah NIAAA liaison, Richard Barton. Both men are great examples I look up to. I am also grateful to work in Nebo School District with amazing administrators and with the other high school athletic directors who do an incredible job at their respective high schools.”

During the state conference, Boyack has served as a conference faculty member, is the organizer of the “Healthy Lifestyles” activity at the beginning of each conference and has assisted in securing several conference speakers. Additionally, he has overseen the conference’s scholarship golf tournament or, at minimum, served on the committee to put the tournament together for most of his years with the UIAAA, allowing the UIAAA to offer six $2,000 scholarships each year.

His committee work at the state level includes strategic planning, awards, sponsorship/fundraising, special projects, cross country scholarship meet director and committee member and the previously mentioned scholarship golf committee. Boyack was a driver behind a key Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) constitution and bylaw change to stipulate that athletic/activities directors in Utah should attain their CAA within two years of their stewardship.

Boyack was previously named the UIAAA’s Athletic Director of the Year. During Dave’s tenure at Maple Mountain, the school was a four-time winner of the UIAAA Director’s Cup. The cup is calculated by three parts: athletic (place or position a team finishes in the state tournament), academic (varsity team GPA) and sportsmanship/student-leadership (school participation in UHSAA-sponsored sportsmanship and leadership initiatives).

On the national level, Boyack serves on the NIAAA’s retired committee and has attended nine national conferences.

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By Lana Hiskey