North Little Rock - Michael Banning has spent more than three decades at Clarksville and his long standing service to the Panthers athletic program has not gone unnoticed.
Banning was named the 2023-24 overall athletic director of the Year by the Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators Association on Friday and will be honored as the annual AHSAAA Conference inside the Hot Springs Convention Center in early March. Banning has spent 35 years in education with the last 10 coming as the athletic director of the Panthers. In addition to being named the overall athletic director of the year, Banning was also voted as the 4A AD of the year.
The AHSAAA members vote to for each classification honoree and once those are decided, the six winners are voted on to to decide the overall athletic director of the year.
Jonesboro's Trey Harding was named the 6A athletic director of the year. Harding has held that post for the past five years and seen the Hurricane win 13 state championships during his tenure.
Stephen Wood was named the 5A athletic director of the year as he's spent the past 17 years at Greenbrier. This is the third time that Wood has been honored as he was twice named the overall athletic director of the year, in 2016-17 and 2012-13.
West Fork's Rodney Selph earned the 3A athletic director of the year honors. Selph has led the Tigers' athletic department for the last eight years and has spent 30 years in education.
Ben Freeman was selected as the 2A athletic director of the year. Freeman serves as both boys basketball coach and athletic director at Hector.
Wonderview's Jerod Squires was named the 1A athletic director of the year. Squires has been the Daredevils athletic director for the past 23 years and also holds the positions of boys basketball coach for grades 7-12 as well as both boys and girls track coach.