Avon High School Athletic Director Erich Frombach has been named Athletic Director of the Year by the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association (LCAAA). The honor was presented last week during an awards banquet for the association.
“Erich is simply outstanding,” said Mike Laub, Avon Local Schools superintendent. “He cares about helping our students grow as young adults and has made that the main focus of our athletic program. His work ethic is unmatched and our district is a better place because he is on our team.”
Frombach is in his 10th year with the school district. Prior to coming to Avon, he was the athletic director and assistant principal at Amherst Steele High School.
The veteran athletic director is well-respected by his peers in the profession.
“In addition to his dedication to Avon, Erich’s efforts across the league, county, region and state are equally as impressive,” said Nori Okuma, Avon Lake City Schools athletic director/assistant principal, who presented the award to Frombach and spoke of his humility and work ethic as an athletic director.
“His response when hearing that he won exemplified that characteristic perfectly, ‘Thank you, but there are many more people that are deserving,’ Frombach said. It is qualities such as these that make him both respectable and likeable.
“Anyone in the profession knows that while everything may look seamless to the casual observer, there is a massive amount of work being done behind the scenes to ensure that the student-athletes can compete in a safe and educationally sound environment. That work is initiated by people like Erich. As athletic directors, we often call on each other for advice or perspective when faced with issues that are difficult or maybe a new experience. Erich is certainly a colleague that athletic directors in area will lean on because of his experience and professionalism.”
Frombach also serves on the executive boards for the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NEOIAAA) and the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) where he is the website coordinator/chair for both. These are in addition to his regular duties at Avon, but are valuable to the professional development of athletic administrators in Northeast Ohio and around the state.