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NIAA Hall of Fame to Receive 14 inductees for 2014

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From the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association:

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, the (501c3) non-profit governing body of high school athletics in the Silver State, will be inducting 14 Northern Nevadans to its Hall of Fame this year.

The individuals set to be inducted as the NIAA's 22nd class – Mr. John Prida, the late Mr. Ron Eller, Mr. John Gamble, Ms. Angela Munger, Mr. Jake Sellers, Ms. Lynette Davis, Mr. Paul Kautz, Mr. Pete Padgett, Mr. Mike Rippee, Mr. Bob Shaffer, Mr. Jerry Gribble, Mr. Dave Nevin, Ms. Terrie McNutt and Mr. Randy Melendez – have secured for themselves a special place in the history of Nevada high school athletics by the sheer magnitude of their contributions to the youth of the Silver State.

"The 14 individuals we are inducting have contributed greatly to high school athletics in Nevada as an administrator, athlete, coach, contributor and/or official," said Mr. Eddie Bonine, Executive Director of the NIAA. "They have made a positive impact on the young men and women of our state in some very important ways and have helped to make many of their dreams come true."

  The basic information:
     Who:  The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA)...
     What:  … will host the 22nd annual NIAA Hall of Fame induction ceremony...
     When:  ... Thursday, March 27, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m...
     Where:  … in the Capri Ballroom of the Peppermill Resort Casino & Spa...
     Why:  ... to honor former athletes, administrators/contributors, coaches and officials who have contributed significantly to the NIAA, its member schools and the student-athletes of Nevada.
      How:  The NIAA will conduct its banquet using a partial video format.
     Tickets:  are available on a first-purchase basis at $35 per ticket.

The Class of 2014 features, generally, one administrator, four athletes, five coaches, two officials and two contributors. Chris Healy, a long-time Commissioner of Officials in baseball for the Northern Nevada Officials Association, will again serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

ADMINISTRATOR –John Prida (Yerington High School and Rite of Passage);

ATHLETES – Ron Eller (Bishop Manogue High School); John Gamble (Carson High School), Angela Munger (Mineral County High School); Jake Sellers (Wooster High School);

COACHES – Lynette Davis (Carlin and Elko high schools), Paul Kautz (Reed High School), Pete Padgett (Carson and Reno high schools), Mike Rippee (Douglas High School), Bob Shaffer (Truckee High School);

OFFICIALS – Jerry Gribble (NNOA football, basketball & baseball), Dave Nevin (NNOA wrestling);

CONTRIBUTORS –Terrie McNutt (Spirit), Randy Melendez (Pyramid Lake High School).

Mr. John Prida (administrator) is a former standout high school student-athlete (Pershing County High School in Lovelock, 1958), coach (Wooster, Truckee and Incline high schools) and principal (Yerington High School). Mr. Prida started the boys and girls golf teams at YHS, and he served on the NIAA's Board of Control.

The late Mr. Ron Eller (athlete) was a six-time varsity letter winner (three in cross country and three in track) from Bishop Manogue High School in Reno (1965). He was the first Nevada prep runner to break the 4 minute 20 second mark for the mile and the 2:00 barrier in the 880-yard run during the state championship meet (and he accomplished those feats over a dirt surface).

Mr. John Gamble (athlete) was a three-time all-State participant in football, basketball and baseball while participating at Carson High School in Carson City (1966). He helped to lead the Senators to the Class 2A state football title in 1964. Mr. Gamble played in the (MLB's) Los Angeles Dodgers' farm system from 1966-1971 and for the Detroit Tigers from 1971-1976.

Ms. Angela Munger (athlete) was a superstar basketball, softball and volleyball player for Mineral County High School in Hawthorne (1996). She helped to lead the Serpents to three consecutive Class 2A state basketball titles (1994-96), a state academic basketball championship (1996), a state softball title (1995) and multiple volleyball league crowns. Ms. Munger attended Idaho State University on a full-ride basketball scholarship.

Mr. Jake Sellers (athlete) earned 11 varsity letters and numerous all-State accolades while participating for Wooster High School in Reno (1995). He was a four-time large-school division state wrestling champion (the first Northern Nevadan to accomplish that feat and at that time the only one statewide in the upper weight classes) and a two-time defensive (end) lineman of the year in football. Mr. Sellers helped lead the Colts to Class 3A state titles in football and wrestling in 1994.

Lynette Davis (coach) guided her Carlin (1971-1979) and Elko (1979-2002) high school girls basketball teams to a NIAA record book, category best, total of 563 victories. Her teams also won a combined total of seven state championships and four state runner-up trophies. Ms. Davis' most successful Elko teams captured three consecutive Class 2A titles and 57 consecutive wins from 1982 through 1984.

Paul Kautz (coach) served as Reed High School's (Sparks) first varsity boys basketball coach (1974-1989), and he returned later (after retirement from the Washoe County School District) to coach the school's freshman team for 13 seasons. His varsity head coaching record was 12-23 at Bishop Manogue (1967-1969) and 216-115 at Reed. The three-time Northern Nevada Coach of the Year led his Raider teams to two zone titles. The Reed gymnasium is named in his honor.

Pete Padgett (coach) compiled a career head varsity boys basketball coaching record of 341 wins and 198 losses during his tenures at Carson (1980-1995) and Reno (1995-2000, 2001-2003) high schools. The two-time Class 4A Northern Nevada Coach of the Year led his teams to 14 state championship tournament appearances, seven league titles and two zone championships. Mr. Padgett is also remembered for his outstanding collegiate playing days at the University of Nevada in the mid-1970s.

Mike Rippee (coach) was at the helm of the Douglas High School (Minden) football program for 27 years. He worked in the classroom and with the Tigers' athletic department for a total of 34 years. He compiled a varsity record of 139-125 with multiple playoff appearances. Mr. Rippee is also known for his assistance in helping to form the Northern Nevada Football Coaches Association.

Bob Shaffer (coach) led the Truckee High School varsity football team to 170 wins (compared to 32 losses for an 84-percent victory rate), nine state championships and 14 league titles over the course of an 18-year career. His teams never missed the playoffs and qualified for 12 state final games. Mr. Shaffer led the Wolverines to four straight state championships and 41 consecutive victories from 2009 through 2012.

Jerry Gribble (official) worked football, basketball and baseball games within the Northern Nevada Officials Association for periods extending 45 school years (1968-2012). He continues to this day as an evaluator, instructor and editor of the procedures manual for the NNOA's football chapter. Mr. Gribble was assigned to nine state and eight regional championship football games, four state and four regional championship basketball games, and multiple high-profile regular-season tilts and postseason all-star events for all three sports.

Dave Nevin (official) worked 39 years for the NIAA and the NNOA as a top-level wrestling official, sport commissioner (1990-2009), and state and national rules interpreter (author of 16 rules changes). He is a co-founder of the National Federation of State High School Association's and the NIAA's weight management program. He served on the NNOA wrestling chapter's Board for 29 years and as a president for multiple terms. Mr. Nevin, who is also qualified as a USA Wrestling M-1 official, worked 20 Nevada state meets.

Terrie McNutt (contributor) served as the NIAA's State Rules Interpreter and the NFHS's regional director for Spirit from 1987-2013. She helped to initiate the Silver State's movement of Spirit to a recognized program as she authored the NIAA's spirit regulation that exists within Nevada Administrative Code 386 (the NIAA's Handbook of association rules and regulations). Mrs. McNutt served on the NFHS's first Spirit Advisory Board and she was awarded the NFHS Citation for Merit in 2002.

Randy Melendez (contributor) will always be synonymous with Pyramid Lake High School. He served as the Lakers' Athletic Director for the last 20 years of his 30-year career. He is a former Nevada Athletic Directors Association's Athletic Director of the Year. Mr. Melendez taught at PLHS for 10 years, served as the school's Principal for 10 years and coached basketball for all 30 years. He has multiple state and region championship trophies to show for his coaching success.

From the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association

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