Awards & Winners

Since its inception in 1974, the AEMA has emphasized the importance of service, leadership, and excellence in the profession of athletic equipment management. The AEMA has worked to advance, engage, and inspire equipment managers through our conferences, workshops, publications, certification, and our continuing education program. In 1978, the AEMA awarded its first award, the Equipment Manager of the year award, won by Glenn Sharp. Since then we have added several awards -- all reflecting major contributions to the AEMA. The Awards tradition allows us the distinct privilege of honoring so many of the best in athletic equipment management. What is most important about these awards is not the recognition they bring, but what they represent; a tradition of leadership and service to the AEMA.


The Glenn Sharp Award

Glenn Sharp, known as the “Father” of our organization, was the long time Equipment Manager at Bowling Green State University. Glenn and a handful of other equipment managers first met in June of 1973 in Atlanta Georgia to lay out the foundation of what is now the Athletic Equipment Managers Association. Glenn, along with his wife Helen, set up the National Office of the AEMA in the basement of their home in 1974. Glenn went on to be the first elected President of the organization in 1979. Glenn was selected to be the Associate Executive Director in 1983 and held that position until his death on October 1, 2000. Glenn was the first recipient of his namesake award, voted on annually by the membership and presented in June at the National Convention.

The Glenn Sharp Equipment Manager of the Year Award is presented annually to the individual who is determined to have contributed the most to the advancement of the Equipment Management profession in the past year and has exhibited the characteristics and devotion reminiscent of Glenn's demeanor and lifestyle.

Qualifications & Award Process

  • Must be an active member in good standing
  • One person in selected from each District
  • The Directors will present the nominees to the Board and give a Resume on each person telling what he/she has done as to service and/or contributions to the Association.
  • Resume must be submitted to the National Resume must be submitted on appropriate form
  • The Nominees will be voted on by the Executive Board, and the active past Glenn Sharp award winners with three (3) being selected
  • Nominees resumes will be coordinated and presented to the general body by the President
  • Final voting on the three (3) nominees will be done on line
  • The Award will be presented at the General Meeting

Nominations & Appliations

Nominations are done through each district

Past Winners of The Glenn Sharp Award

  • 1978 Glenn Sharp
  • 1979 Bobby Yarborough
  • 1980 John Phillips
  • 1981 Billy Pickard
  • 1982 John Daggett
  • 1983 Booker Kilgore
  • 1984 Norm Perez
  • 1985 Jim Roberts
  • 1986 Michael Arellano
  • 1987 Bill Kelly
  • 1988 Don Lacross
  • 1989 Gary Boevers
  • 1990 Jeff Boss
  • 1991 Mary O’Leary
  • 1992 Dale Strauf
  • 1993 Ken Hart
  • 1994 Terry Schlatter
  • 1995 Mike Hill
  • 1996 Alan Ansell
  • 1997 Mike Searls
  • 1998 Steve Bartel
  • 1999 Dorothy Cutting
  • 2000 Dino Dennis
  • 2001 Jon Falk
  • 2002 Andy Dixon
  • 2003 Daniel Siermine
  • 2004 Mike Royster
  • 2005 Kelly Jones
  • 2006 John Stone
  • 2007 Tex Ritter
  • 2008 Meli Resendiz
  • 2009 Lynn Williams
  • 2010 Matt Lewis
  • 2011 Kris Young
  • 2012 Clifton Perry
  • 2013 Greg Morgenthaler
  • 2014 Larry Hare
  • 2015 Scott Jess
  • 2016 Matt Althoff
  • 2017 Troy Jepsen
  • 2018 Ron Ohringer
  • 2019 Kerry Conner, Jr.

The Booker Kilgore Service Award

Booker Kilgore was the Trainer/ Equipment Manager at West High School in Bakersfield, California from the day it opened it’s doors in 1965 until he retire in 1997. He was a board member and umpire for the Junior Baseball Assoc. for more than 20 years. He won the Danny O’Neil Memorial Award from the Kern County Officials Assoc. in 1997. He won the Glenn Sharp Equipment Manager of the Year award from the AEMA in 1983 and is the only high school equipment manager to ever win this award. Booker was married to his wife Opal for 35.5 years. Booker passed away on Feb 12, 1999 after a 1.5 year battle with cancer.


  • The recipient must be a High School Equipment Manager.
  • The recipient must be a Certified Member in good standing of the AEMA.
  • The recipient must have a minimum of five (5) years experience as a High School Equipment Manager.
  • The recipient must be a person who places his or her family commitments before other responsibilities or goals.
  • The recipient must be a person who is known and respected in his/her community.

Award Process

The award is sponsored by the AEMA and presented by District Nine. The award selection committee consists of the Associate Executive Director, the District Nine Director, and a member of the Equipment staff at Bakersfield College.

Nominations / Applications

Anyone wishing to make an application should submit a resume and information sheet:

  • By Mail:

    Matt Althoff--University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400835, Charlottesville, VA  22904-4835

  • By eMail:

    [email protected]

The closing date for applications will be the close of business May 27th.

Past Winners of The Booker Kilgore Service Award

  • 1999 Randy Fogle
  • 2000 Jim Fagan
  • 2001 Chick Napolitano
  • 2002 Vern Walck
  • 2003 Dick Kemper
  • 2004 Dave Rangel
  • 2005 Jim Conant
  • 2006 Jason Eisenhour
  • 2007 Ed Hill
  • 2008 Art Rosales
  • 2009 James Paradise
  • 2010 Jess Jimenez
  • 2011 Rocky Sherman
  • 2012 Norman Walker Jr.
  • 2013 Stephen G. Spada
  • 2016 Dr. Gerard Giuricich

The Lifetime Achievement Award


  • AEMA member with 15 or more years of membership.
  • Deceased/Retired AEMA members who didn’t make the 15-year membership limit. Exceptional dedication to AEMA should be shown for this honor.
  • Charter members (1975-1978) of the AEMA who served this organization in the early years. These members may not have been members 15 years; they need to demonstrate the integral part they served to get the AEMA off the ground.
  • Employees of AEMA who have served 15 or more years and have shown exceptional dedication to our organization.
  • Associates of the AEMA who have distinguished them selves in the promotion of our organization.

Award Process

Award is to be determined by a committee of five consisting of A Chairperson, The Associate Executive Director, one other board member And 2 other members selected by the chairperson.The Chairperson shall also select the random board member. Each year this committee is to recommend up to (4) four candidates to the Board of Directors for their consideration. No more than (2) two selections per year are to be inducted.

Individuals may be submitted to the Hall of Fame nominating committee for vote to induct. Four nominations receiving a majority vote to induct are submitted to the AEMA Board of Directors for final approval (no more that two persons can be inducted each year). The selection will be made with a point system. Point system for voting shall be First Place will get 1 point, Second place will get 2 points, 3rd place will get three point, and 4th place will get 4 points. The top two candidates with the least points will win. Re-Nomination may be re-submitted every year. A nominee will be automatically nominated for two years, if after the two year period that nominee is not inducted that person must sit out for two years before he/she is eligible for nomination again. Candidates may not in any way solicit letters of recommendations or promote their own candidacy; such actions could substantially lessen the candidate’s chance for induction.

Nominations / Applications

Submit the nomination form to:

Mike Hill

University of New Orleans

548 Elmeer Ave

Metairie, LA  70005


Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form

In addition to the recommendation by the sponsor of the candidate, three letters of recommendation are to be included in the nomination. These letters must come from:

1 letter from
  1. An employee from the nominee’s place of employment emphasizing community and or job related accomplishments.
  2. A Certified Athletic Equipment Manager within the nominee’s district emphasizing the nominee’s involvement and accomplishments within the district.
2 letters from
  1. A member of the AEMA Board of Directors emphasizing the nominees accomplishments within AEMA
  2. A Certified Athletic Equipment Manager from outside the nominee’s district emphasizing the nominees’ accomplishments.
  3. Non Member such as coach, vendor.

A picture (must be 5x7 in color) of the nominee must also be included in the nomination.

Past Winners of The Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 2003 Helen and Glenn Sharp
  • 2004 Jeff Boss
  • 2005 Jon Falk and Dale Strauf
  • 2006 Al Oldenburg
  • 2007 Mary O'Leary
  • 2008 Chick Napolitano and Billy Pickard
  • 2009 Gary Barfield
  • 2014 Ken Hart, Bill Jarvis, Bob Knickerbocker and Tex Ritter
  • 2016 William "Billy" Rice, Daryl Buente, and Dorothy Cutting
  • 2017 William John Brick, and David "Sarge" Tinga
  • 2018 Douglas Pads and Sports (Roger Douglas, Doug Douglas, Jeff Douglas)
  • 2019 Texon(Wayne Kotulic, Sr. and Wayne Kotulic, Jr), and Greg Payne