Columbus Dispatch StoryFired OHSAA director sues association for breach of contract

(9-14-21) In a lawsuit filed on September 7th in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, former Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Executive Director Snodgrass alleges that OSHAA terminated his three-year contract nearly 13 months before its expiration date –

“without a majority vote of its board members… and outside of a board meeting.

The lawsuit also asserts that the OSHAA –

“did not place Mr. Snodgrass on a performance improvement plan at any time prior to his termination…. and did not provide any notice of any kind to Mr. Snodgrass that his work performance was lacking or unacceptable for any reason.”

OHSAA’s Tim Stried declined to comment on the lawsuit and its allegations.

“We are not able to comment on pending litigation.”

Snodgrass’ is seeking lost wages and lost benefits, including accrued but unused sick days and vacation days. He says he was entitled to those under his contract upon termination of employment, but OSHAA has refused to pay.

The contract, signed when Snodgrass was hired in June 2018, included an annual salary of $170,000.

At the time of his release Stried said

“The board of directors felt it necessary to go in a different direction with OHSAA leadership. We cannot go into more detail at this time.,” .

According to the lawsuit, Snodgrass’ contract could be terminated for one of just three reasons:

  • mutual agreement of the parties
  • retirement, disability or death
  • termination for cause, including violations of board policies and provisions

According to the lawsuit the board did not terminate Snodgrass for any of those reasons.