Ex-PHS AD Huestis earns spot in NIAAA Hall of Fame

Ex-PHS AD Huestis earns spot in NIAAA Hall of Fame

NORTH SCITUATE – Former Ponaganset High athletic director Allen Huestis will be one of seven high school athletic administrators inducted into the 10th class of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Dec. 18 during banquet festivities at the 49th annual National Athletic Directors Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Huestis, who was inducted into the Ponaganset Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012, retired as the Chieftains’ athletic director in 2003 after nearly 40 years of service to the school district.

Huestis became the athletic director in 1981 and during his tenure, he played a key role in updating the school’s facilities, including urging the passing of a bond for a new track complex that included bleachers, a concession stand, and a football/soccer field. He also was responsible for rebuilding the baseball field with dugouts and adding a softball field.

When the school added boys and girls tennis, Huestis spearheaded the building of four tennis courts, and he helped add a 3.1-mile cross country course (complete with a covered bridge) that is used annually for the state cross country meets.

Huestis was also active in the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (RIIAAA). In 1987, he became vice president and assumed the RIIAAA’s presidency from 1989-1991. In 2001, he was named the RIIAAA’s Athletic Director of the Year. He is currently serving as the state’s liaison to the NIAAA.

Huestis was also awarded the NFHS Citation in 1993, the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2006, and the NIAAA Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence in 2013. He is also a two-time recipient of the NIAAA State Award of Merit, and in 2011, Huestis was inducted into the RIIAAA Hall of Fame.