NHIAA Awards

The following are various awards that are given each year by the NHIAA. Congratulations to each of the winners from 2022!

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.

The 2022 recipient is Nick Cusack (Keene 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.

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

The 2022 recipient is Mark Searles (John Stark Regional 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 2022 recipient is Sue Sheridan (Merrimack High School).


Anthony "Tony" Urban Award 

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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 2022 recipient is Kevin O'Brien (Merrimack Valley High School).

(Recieving the award, Kelly O'Brien)


NHIAA Hall of Fame Award

The 2022 NHIAA Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Marty Brown, Kearsarge (Administrator)

Jim Fletcher, Derry (Official)

Al Magnusson, Sanborn (Coach)

Vicki Parady-Guay, Sanborn (Contributor)

Tim Purrington, Colebrook (Coach)

Benjamin ‘Skip’ Swiezynski III, Exeter (Athlete)

An induction ceremony will be held for the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 on Sunday, November 6, 2022 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.