Entries for 'Vern L. Norris Award'
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Already recognized prestigiously for his leadership as a coach and administrator, Hugh Matson made lasting impacts on Michigan high school sports serving those duties over a career stretching four decades.
And more than 20 years after retiring from that work, Mat...Continue Reading
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
David Buck’s degree in education did not lead him into a fulltime job in the classroom.
But the longtime St. Joseph baseball umpire and basketball referee has had an undeniable impact as a teacher and trainer of officials in southwest Michigan, across the state a...Continue Reading
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Many of Jill Baker-Cooley’s favorite memories of officiating are funny ones, and she laughed last week recalling her first basketball game at the college level.
She also chuckled while recollecting another memory that served only as motivation, not discourageme...Continue Reading
Monday, February 12, 2018
Jack Roberts always was astonished at the amount of detail his predecessor Vern Norris could recall about the people he’d met over many years contributing to high school athletics at the state and national levels.
When the MHSAA executive director last spoke with...Continue Reading
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The first thing Michael Gentry did after showing up for a freshman/junior varsity football doubleheader was pull out a new white hat, presenting it to a young official working as the referee for the first time – the first act of encouragement that eased the up-and...Continue Reading
Friday, December 30, 2016
Barb Beckett was in a familiar spot – center circle at the Traverse City St. Francis gymnasium – for a boys varsity basketball game.
The longtime Michigan High School Athletic Association referee was not tossing up another ball to start the Dec. 17 c...Continue Reading
Friday, April 15, 2016
Linda Hoover always had aspired to become a coach, and her class schedule at Olivet College during the late 1970s reflected that goal.
But at the suggestion of one of her advisors, Hoover added an officiating class one term. That same advisor soon needed a partner to o...Continue Reading
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Sam Davis was a highly-touted freshman on the Michigan State University wrestling team and recently-crowned MHSAA champion from Lansing Eastern when an eye injury ended his competitive career on that mat.
But the longtime Lansing official continues to make a stat...Continue Reading
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
When Hugh Jewell looks at the list of past Vern L. Norris Award winners, his eyes are drawn to 1992 honoree Ted Wilson of East Detroit and Redford’s Bob Williams, who earned the MHSAA officials accolade in 2011. Both rank highly among those who have mentored Jewel...Continue Reading
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Tom Minter admits his wife Linda knows the spiel well. She's been hearing it spun for years.
The recently-retired MHSAA assistant director might be chatting up a recent grad at his or her high school open house, or talking with a former athlete whose playing days...Continue Reading
Monday, May 7, 2012
Lyle Berry began this track season with about 10-12 events on his officiating schedule. But when administrators he’s known for decades called for help, that slate quickly doubled in size for this year’s MHSAA Vern L. Norris Award winner.
The Rockford r...Continue Reading