Chad Briscoe serves as the Director of Athletics at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. Prior to returning to Grace College where he served from 2007 to 2011, he served as the AD at Mooresville High School from 2011 to 2013. Prior to athletic administration he was a college basketball coach at Geneva College, Ball State University and Anderson University. Briscoe spent two years (2003-05) on the men's staff at Ball State under now IU Associate Head Coach Tim Buckley. Briscoe graduated from and played collegiately at Anderson University and after a standout career he continued his basketball career overseas, playing professionally in Sweden. He played six years for Fackelbararna, Nassjo and Bankeryd in the Division I Pro League of Sweden. During his playing days in Sweden, he also coached for four years and served as the head coach during the 2000-01 season at Sanda High School, which is a prep school for basketball. He also has been involved with professional baseball for six years, working three of those with the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team as a part of their minor league system from 1998-2000. He served as the General Manager for the Pulaski Rangers in the Appalachian League. Briscoe was honored when the Rangers were selected as the Organization of the Year in 1999. Briscoe earned his master's degree in Sports Administration from Ball State University in 2006.
John Christy attended North Central HS in Indianapolis, IN, ('73) and graduated from Ball State (BS '77) and IUPUI (MS '85). John has degrees in Elementary Education with a math endorsement, Physical Education and Drivers Ed. (Bethel College, '05, '06). He has been teaching at Pioneer High School in 1977. He has taught and coached at Western Boone, Tri-West, Scecina, Cathedral, Southport and Perry Meridian MS (Coaching at PMHS and SHS), IPS E Manual (Emma Donna MS), LaVille High School, South Bend Washington HS and now currently Pioneer High School. John is also an Ordained Pastor, where he has worked at the Men's Jail Ministry in Johnson and St. Joe Counties, Ministry on TV in the South Bend Michiana Area, volunteer Pastor at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, and a food pantry/soup kitchen in South Bend. John has been married for 30 years and has three children: John, Hannah, and James.
Dave Calabro one of the busiest sportscasters around, currently appearing virtually seven days a week on Channel 13. Dave anchors sports weeknights on Eyewitness News and hosts the popular "13 SportsJam" Sunday Nights at 11:20pm. Dave's golden voice can be heard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he has worked as a track announcer since 1985. An avid racing fan, Calabro "practically grew up at the Speedway" and currently provides some of the most thorough, insightful race coverage found anywhere. Dave's hard work the past several years has paid off with four regional Emmy Awards and being named "Best Sportscaster" by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine readers. Dave joined Eyewitness News in May of 1992 as weekend sports anchor. Before coming to WTHR, he worked for five years at WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio where he covered Bengals football and Reds baseball as the sports anchor. Calabro graduated from Ben Davis High School and Butler University. When not working Dave spends time boating and fishing with his wife and two sons.
Jamy Bechler is a professional speaker, leadership trainer and executive business coach who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a John Maxwell Team Member. Before going into full-time leadership work, Jamy served for 20 years as a college basketball coach and high school athletic director. When he left his last college to become an athletic director, he was the winningest coach in program history. His 2014 team earned the national "Champions of Character" award. As an athletic director at Marion High School in Indiana, he made some transformative changes in the athletic department including instituting budgeting processes, student-athlete leadership training and innovative marketing strategies that were featured in Athletic Management magazine. He also oversaw the 5th largest high school gymnasium in the country. The boys’ basketball team won their 8th state championship while Bechler was the athletic director. He now travels the country working with coaches and student-athletes to help teams develop their leadership potential. You can follow him on twitter @CoachBechler.
Robert Faulkens joined the Indiana High School Athletic Association as an Assistant Commissioner on January 10, 2011 and administers the sports of football, wrestling, and track and field. Formerly the principal at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School in Indianapolis, Faulkens had served as a member of the IHSAA Board of Directors since January 2009. He had spent 23 years in high school education including four as principal at Crispus Attucks, which guides students interested in the medical and allied health professions. While at the school, he helped re-start its athletics program after it served as a junior high school from 1986 through 2006. Prior to his arrival at Crispus Attucks, Faulkens was an assistant principal at MSD of Pike Township (1999-2006) and Lawrence North High School (1994-99).
Bob Lovell has been a successful coach, athletic administrator, and media personality for over 40 years in Indiana. With 21 years of coaching, 17 years in collegiate athletic administration, and 20 years in the media, Lovell truly has a unique perspective on sports, particularly high school and college sports. Lovell began his successful career as a basketball coach at his alma mater, Franklin College, as an assistant coach for five years, while serving as the Grizzles head coach from 1977-81. Lovell then went on to be the Director of Athletics at IUPUI and guided the school to unprecedented success. He was inducted into the IUPUI Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996. In addition to his successful stint at IUPUI, Lovell spent 6 years at the Horizon League, a NCAA Division I conference headquartered in Indianapolis. He served as the senior associate commissioner for external affairs and director of basketball operations. Lovell helped create Indiana Sports Talk in 1994 and has hosted the radio show since its inception. The most listened to sports talk show in Indiana, Indiana Sports Talk is a statewide post game show heard on nearly 40 stations around Indiana on Friday and Saturday nights. The show focuses on high school and college sports.
Dr. Gary “Doc” Sailes is an award winning professor at Indiana University and consultant to the commercial sports industry. He has published ten books as well as numerous research articles and received over $250k in sports program grants. As a professor, he teaches culture and sport classes in the Sport Management Program at Indiana University. As a consultant, Doc works with high school, college, professional and Olympic athletes on developing the skills necessary to become successful performers in sports and in life. He is the recipient of several distinguished community service and teaching awards. His current project, CareeReadiness 101, focuses on the skills graduating students need to enter the work force.
Meloney Schludecker is a Relationship Banker for BMO Harris Bank with over 36 years of banking experience. She has worked for some of the top major banks and has extensive banking and leadership experience in Management, Administration, Marketing, Lending, Sales, and Human Resources. Meloney is currently working on a program to deliver financial literacy to high school and college students to help them become empowered and confident to take control of their financial well-being. She provides a combination of her knowledge and experience along with a passion to help students focus on increasing their financial skills, ability to make sound decisions, and educate students on credit and budgeting. She is also involved with Junior Achievement and other community programs.
Sandy Searcy is employed with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) staff as Director of Sports. Searcy is responsible for the sports of swimming and diving, water polo, softball, as well as assisting in planning workshops for the NFHS Summer Meeting, the National Athletic Directors Conference, and the NFHS Student Leadership Summit. Prior to the NFHS, Sandy Searcy, served as Assistant Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) for 16 years, where she was responsible for the sports of softball, boys and girls swimming and diving, and volleyball. She also administered the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee and the IHSAA Student Leadership Conference. Sandy also worked as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator at Bloomington High School North for 15 years.
Superintendent Doug Carter was born in LaPorte, Indiana. After graduating from LaPorte High School in 1980, he went on to Ball State University and was later accepted into the 42nd Indiana State Police Recruit School in July 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with emphasis on Management, Leadership and Organizational Structure from Indiana Wesleyan University. Superintendent Carter served eighteen years with the Indiana State Police from November 1984 until December 2002 and was assigned to the Pendleton State Police post while serving Hamilton County. In 2002, Doug sought the elected office of Sheriff of Hamilton County and ultimately served two terms from January 2003 through December 2010 as the elected Sheriff. Under his leadership, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office earned national accreditation through the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA), thereby being only one of two accredited sheriff’s Offices in the state of Indiana. Appointed by Governor Mike Pence, Doug became Indiana’s twentieth Superintendent of the State Police on January 14, 2013. Superintendent Carter resides in Hamilton County with his family. His Distinguished Awards include:
Sagamore of the Wabash presented by Governor Evan Bayh, Indiana State Police Silver Star Award for Meritorious Service and Outstanding Heroism, Public Service Award – Indiana University Kokomo School of Public and Environmental Affairs (August,2011), and Government Agency Partnership Award – Indianapolis Department of Public Safety.
Omari Pearson is quickly becoming a sought-after leader in education-driven life skills and mentoring. As an author, speaker and consultant, he seeks to provide a generation with direction to attain their life goals through education and mentoring. He is the Founder and President of Passion to Purpose, LLC, an education-driven life-skills and mentoring company equipping high school and college students with the necessary knowledge to empower themselves to be effective and productive members of society. Omari has served as a consultant and trainer to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and several state high school athletic and activity associations. In addition, he has served as a speaker for the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit. Omari was a high school, collegiate and professional basketball player.
Zach Errett has been in education for 15 years. During that time he has spent 12 years as a teacher, 12 years coaching football and wrestling, and 3 years as an Athletic Director. In addition to teaching and coaching, he is a national and international wrestling referee. He is currently 1 of 5 Instructors in the World and has refereed the last two Olympic Games (2012 – London, 2016-Rio).
Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis is a former soccer player at Indiana University in the mid-80’s, where he went from walk-on to Team Captain of the #1 ranked soccer team in the country; a journey that is chronicled in a book he co-authored called “To Chase A Dream”. His 2nd book, The Leadership Code, is due out in the Fall of 2017. He is a motivational speaker, author, sales representative in the apparel industry and volunteer youth soccer coach who, in working with people of all ages, inspires them to reach for their goals every day. In addition, Whitey is a Youth Minister and serves as Chairman of the Bigelow Advisory Board of the Pancreatic Cyst & Cancer Early Detection Center. He owned and built a soccer specialty retail business that US Soccer ranked number one in the country. Was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for his positive contributions to business and community. In 2010, Whitey was presented the Indiana Youth Soccer President’s Award and named the Indiana Sports Corporation Volunteer of the Year. He lives in Fishers, Ind., with his wife and three children.
Heath Shanahan has been the director and producer of all live IHSAAtv.org webcast events in recent since 2015, worked as brand manager for IHSAASports.org in 2009 and 2010 and was a radio technician and promotions assistant for Emmis Communications in Indianapolis, the flagship company for the IHSAA Champions Network for many years. Most recently he has worked as a marketing associate with Pac‐Van, Inc. as well as a brand manager for Celadon Trucking Services, Inc. and a media team lead for Caesar’s Entertainment and the World Series of Poker. Heath earned a B.A. degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University in 2008 and received his M.B.A. from the University of Indianapolis in 2014.
As the Educational Consultant to the IHSAA, Lee Lonzo facilitates an exciting new partnership between the IHSAA and Special Olympics Indiana. The goal of this partnership is to provide student athletes with opportunities to experience “servant leadership” through volunteering, raising awareness and fundraising. He is available to visit and assist schools throughout the state as they explore and participate in this partnership. Lee brings a unique background to his educational and athletic consulting as a former coach, athletic director, lawyer, high school administrator and member of the IHSAA Board of Directors.
After graduating from Lawrence Central High School, I earned my bachelor degree in Psychology at Wabash College. I truly enjoy working with today’s youth. I work for Lawrence Township, where I am an Instructional Asst. Fall Creek Valley, HEAD 8th grade football coach (FCV), Head wrestling coach (FCV), and Head track and field coach (FCV). My motto is expectation and motivation is the key ingredients for success.