The district's Director of Physical Education, Health and Interscholistic Athletics, as well as two athletic directors at San Diego Unified high schools, have been honored by the California State Athletic Directors Association.
Ward, who oversees all district athletic programs, as well as John
Murphy of Pt. Loma High and Gerry Knuppel at Clairemont High, received
recognition from the association.
Ward, a member of the district's
Hall of Fame, received the Region President's Merit Award from the
association. He is outgoing president of the association, which
represents high school athletic directors around the state. He attended
Kearny High, Montgomery and Taft middle schools, Angier and Jones
elementary schools, and San Diego State University, where he played
football under legendary coach Don Coryell. Drafted by the NFL's San
Diego Chargers, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Southern
California Sun (World Football League).
Murphy received the Norm
Mackenzie Award which is presented to "rookie" athletic directors who
display superior leadership skills and have been in their current role
for less than four years. In addition to his athletic director duties,
he coaches women's soccer and the surf PE program.
received the Sue Kamiyama Leadership Award. He has been at Clairemont
High School for more than 30 years, including more than 10 years as
athletic director. Over the years he has been football defensive coach,
boys and girls volleyball, track and field, badminton and wrestling