NHIAA Awards

The following are various awards that are given each year by the NHIAA. Congratulations to each of the winners from 2020 and 2021!

Walter Smith Award

The NHIAA Walter A. Smith Award: Given annually to an individual who has overcome special circumstances and contributed significantly and positively to Interscholastic Athletics.

2020 recipients include, from left to right: Noah Jenkins (Nashua High School North), Faith Smith (Newfound Regional High School), and Matt Weimer (school representative pictured, Derryfield School).  

2021 recipients include, from left to right: Roger Belanger (Berlin High School), Danielle Cote (Gilford High School), and Alexis King (Plymouth Regional High School).

 


James W. Desmarais Service Award

James W. Desmarais Service Award: Instituted in 1970 and renamed for former longtime NHIAA Executive Director, James Desmarais, this award is given to recognize meritorious service to the NHIAA.  There have been 63 dedicated individuals recognized for this honor since 1970.

This year's dedicated and capable nominee certainly meets the criteria of the award and matches the contributions of the former inductees.  

The 2020 recipient, shown left, is Peter Wotton (Dover High School).  The 2021 recipient, shown right, is Howard Sobolov (Londonderry High School). 

 


Carol Dozibrin Advancement of Girls Sports Award

The Carol Dozibrin Advancement of Girls Sports Award Program: First given out in 1996, this award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the development of girls' athletics at the high school level. 

The 2020 recipient, shown left, is Sheila Colson (Spaulding High School).  The 2021 recipient, shown right, is Amy Ballou (Keene High School).

 


Anthony "Tony" Urban Award 

(be sure to download/save this form to your computer prior to filling it out)

Anthony "Tony" Urban Award: Established in 2019, the Anthony "Tony" Urban Award is given for meritorious service to an "unsung hero" who embodies the ideals of the NHIAA in service to the NH student-athletes and in support of the best opportunities for the student-athlete to compete under and within. In memory of Anthony "Tony" Urban and all that he was. 

The 2020 recipient, shown left, is Mark Maurais, Milford High School).  The 2021 recipient is Rick Forge (Gilford High School).

 


NHIAA Hall of Fame Award

The 2020 NHIAA Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Dennis Claire, Wilton (Coach)

Armand 'Skip' Dubois, Franklin (Coach)

Jack Gati, Manchester (Coach)

Laura Gerraughty Eckstrand, Nashua (Athlete)

Steve Hall, Bedford (Official)

Al Neri, Portsmouth (Contributor)

Peter Perich, Manchester (Contributor)

Bill Phillips, Exeter (Athlete)

Debra Wyman, Sanbornton (Official)

An induction ceremony will be held for the Hall of Fame Class of 2020 on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at the Courtyard Marriot in Concord, NH.  For additional information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the NHIAA.  This is a registered event, tickets will not‚Äč be sold at the door.

The 2021 NHIAA Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Michael S. Clark, Pinkerton (Coach)

Peter DePalo Sr., Lebanon (Official)

Dick Dodds, Hanover (Coach)

Robert Hodsdon, Exeter (Official)

John Mortimer, Londonderry (Athlete)

Linda Sicotte Osborne, Hampton (Official)

Kirkland 'Rusty' Ross, Gilford (Contributor)

Peter Wotton, Dover (Administrator)

An induction ceremony will be held for the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the Courtyard Marriot in Concord, NH.  For additional information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the NHIAA.  This is a registered event, tickets will not be sold at the door.