Rhea County High School Athletic Director Micah Ruehling has been named Athletic Director of Year and awarded the prestigious A.F. Fridges Award – one of the highest honors in the state.
“It’s a very humbling opportunity that I have here in Rhea County. I’m grateful for the community’s support that makes living in this county so fun,” said Ruehling.
“I’m thankful for the community leaders, our coaches, and most importantly our student athletes for the commitment they have to working hard and practicing hard and being the best they can be.”
“I always say it’s great day to be an Eagle. Win, lose, or draw, it’s a great day to be an Eagle.”
For the 18th consecutive year, The A.F. Bridges Awards program includes awards for School System Administrator of the Year, Principal of the Year, Athletic Director of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Male Coach of the Year, Official of the Year, and Contributor of the Year. The awards recognize 63 individuals from across our state that represent what’s best in high school athletics. Recognition was made in the above mentioned categories in each of the nine athletic districts in our state.
Nominations were made by a Citizenship/Sportsmanship Committee and member schools in each athletic district and the final selection was made by a State Selection Committee.
Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA stated, “Being recognized for one of these awards as a school or individual should be seen as one of the highest honors in high school athletics in our state. Those who receive the awards truly reflect what high school athletics should be about, and that’s good sportsmanship and good citizenship.”
The A.F. Bridges Award is given in honor of the TSSAA’s first executive secretary. He served as executive secretary from 1946 until his retirement in 1972. Under his leadership, athletics in the state of Tennessee reached a level of excellence and competence that earned the respect of all people. Mr. Bridges was a person of high principles who displayed firmness and fairness, as well as the high ideals of ethics and integrity, as he and many other school people established the foundation of TSSAA across our state.