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Rick McCutcheon

Paradise Valley High School

Administrator of the Year Recipient

Rick McCutcheon graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Business Administration and then earned his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. He began his career teaching business classes at Shadow Mountain High School in 1979. Eight years later he transferred to Paradise Valley High School where he taught physical education and coached varsity basketball for three years. He became the Director of Athletics at PVHS in 1987 and has served in that role until his retirement in May 2019.

As a member of the AIAAA for the past 32 years, Rick has completed numerous and invaluable Leadership Training courses to further his personal and professional development. He has served as a Region Chairman and a member of the 5A Conference Executive Board. Rick has been recognized several times as Region Athletic Director of the Year and was selected as the 5A Conference Athletic Director of the Year in 2009. He has enjoyed directing many invitational, regional and state tournaments.

Rick has served PVHS and the Paradise Valley Unified School District as a member of numerous committees including Sports Equity, District Random Drug Testing, Student Recognition, High School District and Safety and the High School and District Emergency Response Team. He has also provided guidance and support for the opening of two new PVUSD high schools. He developed the Coaches’ Handbook for PVHS Athletics and worked alongside other PVUSD Athletic Directors to develop the Parent/Athlete Handbook and Athletic Director/Coaches’ Handbook for the District. In recent years Rick has also worked with the PVUSD to develop Double Goal coaches and Triple Impact competitors through the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

Rick has been a dedicated servant leader and advocate for student athletes and coaches throughout Arizona. His goal was to model and encourage Victory with Honor and the Six Pillars of Character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship). His love for athletics and his community, and his desire to see students grow and thrive in their personal character, integrity and natural abilities has consistently been at the core of his mission in the PVHS community and beyond.


2020-2022 Conference Alignments

The initial conference placements, which is for all sports except 11-man football, have been released.  To view the initial conference placements go to

Per the Conference/Region/Scheduling Timeline, the deadline to appeal conference placement is Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.  If you plan to appeal, download the Conference Appeal Form.

Events for the week of October 14, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Open Division Webcast ( Brd Room) - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

AIA Wrestling Officials - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

District AD Meeting - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

OFLS Standing Commettee Mtg - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

New and 2nd Yr Basketball Officials Mtg - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 17, 2019

New and 2nd Yr Basketball Officials Mtg - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

View the full AIA Calendar