When Fred Ahart was told he had won the Section 9 Athletic Administrator of the Year Award, the first thing that came to mind was he had been presented with the same honor in 1993.

“Usually they give it to people one time,’’ laughed Ahart, Roscoe’s athletic director since 1969, fresh out of Ithaca College. “I never dreamed I would be honored with it again.’’

True, but not many administrators stick around for 49 years on the job.

Ahart will be recognized by the New York State Athletic Administrators Association at a Wednesday luncheon in Saratoga Springs.

It would be easy to write the job location for Ahart’s resume; after all, it’s just one place. The description, though, might take some time. He has coached boys basketball and football at the school since the early days following the first moon landing and Miracle Mets World Championship. He has been a Section 9 Athletic Council member since 1980 and served as the section’s president from 1994-96. His duties with the Section 9 Basketball Committee date back even farther, to 1975, and he has served as the committee’s co-chair since 1996. Ahart has also been a member of the Section 9 Eligibility Committee since 1986, serving as the chairman since 2003.

“My motivation is I enjoy working with all the people that I work with,’’ Ahart said. “All these jobs I have taken on … they need to be done. We all have to chip in and share.’’

But why stay with it for 49 years, when others quit after five or 10 or 20?

“I love what I do,’’ he said.

Ahart works at one of the smallest schools in Section 9 but he has a kindred interest for even the largest among them.

“I feel a bond with all of the schools and the athletes,’’ he said.

Ahart did not want to single out a single task or accomplishment over his career as his most favorite, but anybody who knows Ahart recognizes his tireless work to keep scholastic sports alive in his neck of the section, and that involved forming complicated mergers with nearby school districts Livingston Manor, Sullivan West and Downsville and making it all look simple. All it takes, Ahart would tell you, is good planning, a lot of phone calls and a deep passion.

“I love athletics and I love kids,’’ Ahart said. “It’s pretty much that simple.’’

That’s why winning the award in 2018 means even more than when he won in 1993, because he has stayed true to the mission for yet another 25 years, and that’s helping kids.

“I’ve taken a lot of pride with what I’ve done for as many years as I have,’’ Ahart said.

There’s no quit in Ahart, who handles his multitude of jobs like his football and basketball coaching duties – one game at a time, one season at a time, one school year at a time. He does not foresee an end date, a time when he no longer wants to do this.

“I would love to keep doing it until I am not able,’’ Ahart smiled.

Roscoe, and the rest of Section 9, owe a great deal of thanks for the dedication and service of the tireless Ahart.

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