The MPSSAA congratulates Ron Belinko, retired Coordinator of Athletics for Baltimore County Public Schools, on being one of six high school athletic directors inducted into the ninth Hall of Fame class of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) December 12 in Phoenix, Arizona, during banquet festivities at the 48th annual National Athletic Directors Conference co-sponsored by the NIAAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
Ron Belinko retired in 2011 after a 46-year career as a teacher, coach and athletic administrator in the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), including the final 19 years as Coordinator of Athletics. After retirement, he served the BCPS as an interscholastic athletics consultant for several years.
At the state level, Ron devoted countless hours to the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association (MSADA) and the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA). He has been the NIAAA Leadership Training coordinator for the MSADA for 18 years and has been an instructor for 11 Leadership Training Courses. He taught Leadership Training Courses during professional development days at schools throughout the Baltimore area. He has made presentations and taught classes at 30 MSADA conferences.
Since 1983, Belinko served on the MPSSAA Board of Control and Classification Committee, and he was on the MPSSAA Executive Council since 1991. He also was MPSSAA President (1994-96), director of the MPSSAA Lacrosse Committee for 28 years and director of the state wrestling tournament for 17 years. During his year as president, the open tournament format for state playoffs was implemented.
Among his numerous awards, Ron has been inducted into the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame (1987), the Eastern Technical High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2000) and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (2004). He received the NFHS Citation in 2004, the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2007 and the Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award in 2011. In 2013, Belinko was inducted into the MSADA Hall of Fame.