Latora, Schultheiss Named 1999
Bush Award Recipients
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --May 20, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford 517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - May 20 - Two respected
athletic administrators who have been instrumental in expanding
and improving the educational atmosphere of their programs, while
serving their communities with a combined total of nearly 70
years of service have been chosen to receive the Michigan High
School Athletic Association's Allen W. Bush Award for 1999.
This year's recipients are: Carl Latora, assistant principal
and athletic director for Portage Northern High School; and Ron
Schultheiss, athletic director of Charlotte High School.
Bush served as executive director of the MHSAA for 18 years.
The award honors individuals for past and continuing service
to prep athletics as a coach, administrator, official, trainer,
doctor or member of the media. The award was developed to bring
recognition to men and women who are giving and serving without
a lot of attention. This is the eighth year of the award, with
the selections being made by the MHSAA's Representative Council.
The recipients of this year's awards will be recognized at ceremonies
in their communities at a future date.
Both Latora and Schultheiss have worked as teachers, coaches,
officials and administrators; and share a common bond in having
served the wrestling community as a coach and official during
their careers. As administrators, they have shown their diversity
and dedication to the total sports programs at their schools.
"Leaders bring people together to work for common goals
and the common good," said John E. "Jack" Roberts,
executive director of the MHSAA. "When you think of what
Carl Latora and Ron Schultheiss have done in their respective
communities, you see that their work has had impact across the
board. You see that their work touches every sport, every coach
and every student-athlete in a positive way. They are truly
great role models for others to follow. We're pleased to be honoring
them with the 1999 Bush Award."
Here are brief biographical sketches of the 1999 Bush Award
Carl Latora - A
long-time Kalamazoo area resident, Carl Latora graduated from
Kalamazoo Central High School in 1960, and went on to earn his
Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Western Michigan University.
He has spent 34 of his 35 year career in education at Portage
Northern High School, where he started as a wrestling teacher
and coach, and moved into the athletic director's position 18
years ago. His work as athletic director at Northern has included
the institution of four new sports - girls competitive cheer,
girls gymnastics, and boys and girls soccer. He also instituted
a sports Hall of Fame at Northern; as well as an overall booster
club for the sports program; and has overseen the expansion and
upgrading of the school's athletic facilities. He has served
as a host for numerous MHSAA tournaments and rules meetings,
and has served on a variety of Association committees. A registered
official in wrestling, he has worked MHSAA finals in that sport
and has been recognized with a 30-year service award. Latora
has also been active with the Michigan and National Interscholastic
Athletic Administrators Associations, and the Michigan and National
Associations of Second School Principals. He was nominated for
the Bush Award by the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference.
Ron Schultheiss - A graduate of St. Louis High School
and recipient of two degrees from Central Michigan University,
Ron Schultheiss has spent over 30 years at Charlotte High School,
first as a teacher and coach of cross country, track and field
and wrestling. His wrestling teams won one MHSAA Lower Peninsula
title and finished second on one occasion. He has also been
recognized with a 30-year award for officiating in track and
wrestling, being active in area officials associations in both
sports. For the past 7 years, Schultheiss has served as Charlotte's
athletic director, where he has spearheaded athletic facility
renovation projects, and helped develop codes of conduct and
handbooks for the school's student-athletes and coaches. He
has been active as an MHSAA tournament manager and committee
member, along with membership in the Michigan and National Interscholastic
Athletic Administrators Associations, and as treasurer of the
Capital Circuit Conference. He has also served as president
of the Band Boosters at Charlotte, advisor to the school's Fellowship
of Christian Athletes Huddle group, and has served as a youth
director at his church. He was nominated for the Bush Award
by the Capital Circuit Conference.