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Allan Sersland of Kansas to Receive NIAAA Award of Excellence


Contact: Bruce Whitehead

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 18, 2011) — Allan Sersland, CAA, who retired earlier this year after 10 years as principal at Circle High School in Towanda, Kansas, is the 2011 recipient of the Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence presented by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

Sersland will receive the NIAAA Award of Excellence December 13 in Indianapolis, Indiana, during banquet festivities at the 42nd annual National Athletic Directors Conference conducted jointly by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NIAAA.

The Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence is a prestigious award presented each year to an NIAAA member whose loyalty to the association and contributions to the profession represent excellence in achievement.

The award is named after the late Thomas E. Frederick, who served as NFHS assistant and associate director for 22 years before his retirement in 1989. Frederick was responsible for starting the National Athletic Directors Conference in 1971 as well as the NIAAA in 1977.

Sersland retired earlier this year after 36 years in education – 18 as a teacher and coach and 18 as an athletic director and principal – in Colorado and Kansas. Throughout his career, Sersland was an active participant in the NIAAA Leadership Training Institute at the state and national levels.

          Sersland began his career as a teacher and wrestling coach at Minneapolis (Kansas) High School in 1976. After three years, he moved to Monte Vista, Colorado, where he was wrestling coach and athletic director at Sargent Community School. In 1985, he returned to Kansas, where he was wrestling coach at Eureka Junior/Senior High School for three years, and activities director/assistant principal at Bluestem High School in Leon, Kansas for six years.

          In 1996, Sersland became principal and activities director at Flinthills High School in Rosalia, Kansas, for five years, followed by his final 10 years as principal at Circle High School in Towanda, Kansas, from 2001 to 2011.

          In his various stops as wrestling coach, Sersland coached 10 individual state champions. His teams won three district team titles and four league championships. In 1981, his Sargent girls track team finished second in the Colorado state meet.

          Sersland is a member of the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as the continuing education chairman and has directed the state’s NIAAA Leadership Training Institute since 1998. He has taught 15 Leadership Training Courses at the state level.

          At the national level, Sersland is chairman of four NIAAA Leadership Training Courses and serves on the Leadership Training National Faculty. He has completed 29 of the 33 courses offered by the NIAAA Leadership Training Institute, and has assisted in writing or editing 14 of the courses. He currently serves on the NIAAA Accreditation Committee.

          In 2009, Circle High School, where Sersland was serving as principal, was selected as one of 40 schools in the United States to pilot a character education program. Circle was the only school in the study group to develop a weekly period devoted to character education involving all students and staff.

          Sersland graduated from Luther (Iowa) College and earned his master’s from Wichita (Kansas) State University.

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