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Scott Lindgren, former WIAA Board of Control member and president, is the 2012 recipient of the Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence presented by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Lindgren, who retired in 2011 after 41 years with the Kenosha Unified School District, will receive the NIAAA Award of Excellence Dec. 18 in San Antonio, Texas, during banquet festivities at the 43rd annual National Athletic Directors Conference conducted jointly by the National Federation of State High School Associations 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.

As the coordinator for athletics, activities, health, recreation, physical education and senior citizens in the Kenosha Unified School District, Lindgren was responsible for a large population. In athletics, Lindgren was responsible for approximately 230 coaches in 10 schools for 24 years. He also was in charge of the district’s physical education program for 12 years involving 59 instructors and 36 schools, as well as the Senior Citizens Center for 10 years. Prior to his administrative duties, Lindgren was dean of students for seven years and a physical education teacher for 10 years.

During his career in Kenosha, Lindgren also served as both a coach and official in addition to his work as an athletic administrator. He coached football for seven years, wrestling for two years and track for nine years, including seven at the Division III college level. Lindgren also officiated football for 28 years (13 in the NCAA), wrestling for 12 years (five with the NCAA) and track for 15 years.

Within the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association (WADA), Lindgren served as an instructor in NIAAA Leadership Training, and was the WADA’s representative to NIAAA section meetings in 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2004. He has also been the co-chair of WADA’s handbook publications, and a presider at WADA workshops. Lindgren was the WADA’s president in 1995 and vice president in 1993. He has attended all WADA conferences since 1987 and was the WADA representative to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control in 1994.

From 2003 to 2010, Lindgren represented District 7 on the WIAA Board of Control, serving as president in 2005. He also served on the WIAA Soccer and Basketball Officials Selection Committee, and he hosted numerous WIAA events at Kenosha.

A lifetime member of the NIAAA, Lindgren was a member of the Board of Directors from 2000 to 2002. He also was a member of the Certification Committee for seven years, including two years as chair. He is also the author, national chair and instructor for Leadership Training Courses (LTC) 700 and 701. He also was an instructor at the state level for LTC 501 and LTC 503 for four years. Lindgren also served on the NIAAA Awards Committee and has attended every National Athletic Directors Conference since 1988. He also represented the NIAAA for a four-year term on the NFHS Hall of Fame Screening Committee.

Lindgren received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has received many honors during his career, including the Andy Anderson Award for outstanding service to the WADA in 2002, the District 7 Athletic Director of the Year Award from the WADA in 1998 and 2011, and the 2010-11 Wisconsin Athletic Director of the Year. Earlier this year, Lindgren was inducted into the Kenosha Public School Hall of Fame.

Lindgren’s other NIAAA awards include the State Award of Merit in 1996 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2005.

Written by Bruce Whitehead, NIAAA

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