Former Southview Athletic Director Wins National Award

Retired Sylvania Southview High School athletic director, Glen Gillespie, was one of 10 recipients to receive the “2014 Distinguished Service Award” given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Gillespie was honored for his contributions to interscholastic athletics in National Harbor, Md. at the 45th annual National Athletic Directors Conference. The award is presented annually to members of the NIAAA for outstanding service and contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state, and national levels.

Gillespie, of Sylvania, retired in 2012 after a 35-year career in education and 22 years serving as an athletic director in Ohio. Gillespie enjoyed 13 years as the athletic director for Sylvania Southview High School before his retirement. Gillespie has had numerous roles in his career including serving as a tournament manager for the Ohio High School Athletic Association and board member for the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Association. He became the newsletter editor for OIAAA and was appointed the Leadership Training Institute’s coordinator in 2012. Gillespie was awarded the OIAAA Citation in 2007 and was inducted into the OIAAA Hall of Fame in 2012.

Twila Gillespie congratulated her husband, former Sylvania Southview athletic director, Glen Gillespie, who received the national ‘Distinguished Service Award’ on Dec. 16.
Twila Gillespie congratulated her husband, former Sylvania Southview athletic director, Glen Gillespie, who received the national ‘Distinguished Service Award’ on Dec. 16.

Retirement has not slowed him down or mellowed his enthusiasm. His numerous post-retirement activities include Leadership Training, serving on the NIAAA Publications Committee and being the editor for the “Ideas that Work” column of the “Interscholastic Athletic Administration Magazine.”

“I am very proud to be a member of the NIAAA,” says Gillespie. “I am humbled to receive this honor. I have to thank Sylvania Schools for allowing me to participate in the conferences during my time with them. I always wanted to get up and go to work every morning.” Gillespie also acknowledged his wife, Twila, for encouraging him throughout his career and currently supporting his numerous activities in retirement. “My friends say that they know the truth,” says Gillespie. “They are correct when thinking I wouldn’t be able to accomplish what I do without my wife.”

The NIAAA has about 9,000 members worldwide with members in North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Gillespie is the 16th Ohio athletic director to receive the “Distinguished Award” since its inception in 1979.