Michigan's professional organization of school athletic directors, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA), has selected R.J. Guizzetti, athletic coordinator at Bloomfield Hills High School, as the Regional Athletic Director of the Year! Only one of fourteen administrators statewide to be honored by the MIAAA, Guizzetti will be presented the award in Traverse City on March 19, 2017, at the annual MIAAA Mid-Winter Conference in which over 500 athletic directors participate.
A graduate of Munising High School (1985), Guizzetti continued his educational career at Central Michigan University where he earned a BS in Education in 1990 before becoming a teacher and coach in Bangor Public Schools for nine years. For the next four years, R.J. served as athletic director and middle school principal at New Buffalo Area Schools before moving on to Riverview Community Schools where he held the position of athletic director for two years. Guizzetti became athletic coordinator at Andover High School in 2006 and was later named to the same position at Bloomfield Hills High School when the district consolidated Andover and Lahser High Schools.
Guizzetti has served on several MHSAA and MIAAA committees over his 17-year athletic administration career. In addition to hosting numerous MHSAA and Oakland Activities Association (OAA) tournaments, Guizzetti is a past president of the OAA, has earned Certified Athletic Administrator designation from the NIAAA and has served as a presenter and group facilitator at the MIAAA annual conference. In his spare time, Guizzetti has volunteered as a youth soccer, baseball, basketball and football coach and has dedicated himself to expanding athletic participation opportunities for children as a volunteer program organizer.
Mike Cowdrey, Director of Athletic, Recreation and Community Service for Bloomfield Hills Schools states "R.J. has proven through his fair, but firm actions that he will uphold both state and district policies even if it's not the popular or easy decision." Guizzetti earns high praise not only for his character under fire, but also for his support of coaches and the role they play in educational athletics. "R.J. has given me the tools needed to succeed while fostering a positive environment for our student-athletes and athletic programs," says Jeff Rubin a coach at Bloomfield Hills High School. "In my experiences I have known that I can rely on R.J. to demonstrate the professionalism needed when advocating for his staff despite the situation." Bloomfield Hills wrestling and football coach David Hack echoes the sentiments of Rubin. "R.J. has always made time for me and my athletes, while never making us feel like he was being inconvenienced," he said. "R.J. has not only had a profound influence on my student-athletes, but me as a coach."
Guizzetti has been married to Leslie Guizzetti for over 15 years and has three children (Anthony, Nicklas and Jackson).
The MIAAA is a 53-year old association with nearly 700 members serving as athletic administrators in numerous high schools and junior high/middle schools in Michigan. As partners with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the MIAAA works to promote the educational value of interscholastic athletics and the role and profession of the athletic director. The MIAAA is very proud to spotlight the work of R.J. Guizzetti, a man whose work and values best mirrors those of the association.