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The OVAC Salutes Linda Rataiczak

 There’s an old saying that “behind every successful man, there’s a woman.” And no where is that more evident than the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. Shortly after her husband assumed the role of Executive Secretary in 1999 and meetings moved to their family home’s basement, Linda Rataiczak became the consummate hostess, ordering meals, preparing meals, cleaning up, and developing a reputation for her creative and delicious desserts. Shortly after that came the need to type All-Conference certificates. Having spent 35 years as the secretary at Bellaire High School, her organizational and typing skills got put to good use. Over the past twenty years, she has typed thousands of certificates for our student-athletes in additional to helping Tom enter names into historical reference spread sheets. Come time for banquets, she was always there greeting guests, checking in inductees, and making certain that every problem was quickly and correctly addressed.

 When Tom became the treasurer of the Conference, her bookkeeping skills were quickly utilized. Taking over the data entry end, she created accounts, balanced books, and took pride in knowing that every penny that came into the Conference or was spent was accounted for, a task she continues to this day.

 But more important than all this, Linda developed deep “family” friendships with meet directors, Board members, and commissioners, truly earning and inheriting the title of First Lady of the OVAC.

 For her service, dedication, and commitment to the Conference, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference says thank you by dedicating this year’s website to her.



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