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 hew as 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.
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.
John 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 and his wife Denise were named Pastor of Pine Village United Methodist Church in Pine Village, Indiana on October 2, 2014. Although John is no longer teaching full time, he coaches varsity track and field as well as football at Seeger Memorial Junior Senior High School and substitute teaches when he can. His famous quote, "Failure is an event, not a person." John has been married to Denise for 26 years and they have 3 children: Johnny 25, Hannah, 21 (husband Zach Motorman, currently in Afghanistan on active duty), and James, 19. God bless you all. Phil.4:13
Jim Dittoe is a Community Coach who is the President of Winning Communities, Inc. that is a community facilitation company helping develop a Vision and Action Plan for the future. He has worked with dozens of cities, towns, and counties as a partner in progress. Formerly a chamber of commerce executive in Kokomo, Evansville, and Fort Wayne, he also taught Community Analysis and Development at the Institute for Organization Management at Notre Dame, the University of Delaware, and the University of Georgia.
He is currently working with NCAA Division II and III student athletes in The TEAM Initiative as well as the National Federation of High School Associations and the National Honor Society.
Joan Eckerle-Knies is a Community Education Specialist for Crisis Connection, Inc, She focuses her work on reaching out to the community with primary prevention programming – her agency is able to personally speak with over 17,000 persons annually on topics ranging from anti-bullying to technology/personal safety to healthy relationships. She serves on the Indiana State Department Of Health’s Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Council and the ICADV Delta Focus Leadership Team. Joan received the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Preventionist of the Year Award in 2012. She is also a certified Batterers Intervention Program Facilitator. She graduated from Jasper High School & Indiana State University. Joan began her career with Kimball International. While there, she earned her Professional in Human Resources certification in 1994. Prior to her current role, she served as a Community Development Director for the American Cancer Society. Among her other accomplishments, she received the Young Careerist and Woman of the Year Awards by Business & Professional Women. She was just recently named as a Rotary Athena Award Finalist. She has also been a Girl Scout for over 40 years. Her and her husband of 30 years, have two adult children.
Zach is a 1997 graduate of Martinsville High School. He has a BA in Chemistry from Purdue University (IUPUI) and a MS in Geosciences from Mississippi State University. Zach has been married for 9 years to his wife, Jill, and they have 2 children, Bailey (6) and Ethan (3). He spent 11 years as a science teacher at Mooresville High School. During that time, Zach was the Head Wrestling Coach and an Assistant Football Coach. He is currently in his second year as Athletic Director at Mooresville High School too. In addition to working at Mooresville High School, Zach volunteers by refereeing freestyle and Greco-roman wrestling. He began refereeing tournaments when he was in middle school and worked his first national tournament as a sophomore in high school. Throughout his career, he has worked his way up the ladder nationally and internationally and currently holds the title of Supervisor in United World Wrestling. Currently, he is the only officials in the United States with that category. Some officiating accomplishments include: officiated 13 World or Olympic Team Trials, 2010 USWOA Official of the Year, won the 2010 FILA Gold Whistle Award, refereed 4 World Championships, and was selected as 1 of 3 officials from the United States for the 2012 London Olympics.
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).
Heather Hedrick Fink is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics as well as her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. Heather is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Specialist®. Heather has been providing nutrition, fitness and wellness programming to individuals, corporations and athletic teams for over 15 years.
Heather’s interests and extensive experience are in the areas of wellness, disease prevention, weight management, exercise programming, vegetarian nutrition, and sports nutrition, ranging from the recreational to the elite athlete. Her sports nutrition practice ranges from acting as the sports dietitian for a collegiate athletic department and entire clubs to working with individual athletes, trainers and coaches to optimize their nutrition and hydration strategies. She has appeared on local NBC, CBS and cable television shows and news broadcasts to educate central Indiana residents on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Heather is also the author of two books, the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Half Marathon Training and Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition. She has been interviewed and quoted in Women’s Day, Ladies Home Journal, and Newsweek magazines. Heather is also an accomplished triathlete, duathlete and marathon runner who has qualified for and competed in the Hawaii Ironman and Boston Marathon.
Scott Furnish is the Director of Development (Events) for Special Olympics Indiana. Scott started as a volunteer with Special Olympics Indiana in 1990 assisting with the state basketball, softball and volleyball competitions before becoming a staff member in 2001 as the Assistant Director of Sports. His current role manages the 12 signature Polar Plunge events and the Plane Pull Challenge which have raised more than 2.5 million dollars since their inception.
In 2014, he will serve as the Assistant Head of Delegation, coordinating Team Indiana's 58 athletes competing at the Special Olympics USA National Games in Princeton, New Jersey. In his spare time, Scott travels the state officiating high school football.
Scott has worked with Junior High, High School and College Students for over 20 years, speaking to students across the United States, internationally and currently speaks to over 7,000 high school students annually in North East, Indiana. He has also coached Women’s Volleyball for 13 years at the small college level taking 8 teams to the National Championship Tournament and finishing second in three consecutive National Championship Matches. After coaching the last five seasons at in IHSAA High School, Scott is currently the Women’s Volleyball Coach at the University of Saint Francis and Club Director of Summit City Wave VBC in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a 3 sport High School athlete and a two sport collegiate athlete he has played on and coached some great teams and then there were the other teams. Scott is the Father of 3 daughters and serves on numerous committee’s and boards that have teenagers and athletics as their focus.
Bill Harris is a vice president and senior relationship manager for the Indiana Higher Education and Not- for-Profit Banking Group with Huntington Bank. In his role, he has the responsibility for the management and growth of the State of Indiana’s higher education portfolio while also leading initiatives designed to further broaden Huntington’s not-for-profit reach throughout Indiana. Prior to joining Huntington, Harris was a relationship manager within the Public Funds group at Fifth Third Bank for 13 years focusing on its not-for-profit relationships. Before joining Fifth Third, he began his career at First of America Bank in 1992. Harris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the swim team. Bill is actively involved in a number of community activities including service as a member of the finance committee for United Way of Central Indiana, an independent director of USA Diving and a vice chair with the Lacy Leadership Association. He is active in the UM Alumni Club of Indianapolis and participated in both the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (Class XXXI) and Hamilton County Leadership Academy. Bill and his wife, Stacy, reside in Carmel with their three daughters Kelsey, Haley, and Jenna, and two sons, William III (Trey) and Trevor. His interests include sports, reading and spending time with his family.
Chris Kaufman was promoted to Assistant Commissioner on June 4, 2012 and administers boys and girls golf and boys and girls tennis for the IHSAA. Since joining the Association in 2006 as Communications Director, he has managed and developed all IHSAA media properties and served as the official spokesperson for the Association. Specifically, Chris oversees all aspects of the IHSAA Champions Television Network and IHSAAtv.org web streaming. In addition, he serves as the liaison for corporate partnerships, community relations, business media, and provides support for the 20 IHSAA state championship events. Prior to joining the IHSAA, Kaufman spent 16 years as Director of Marketing and Communications for Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. In addition to his administrative duties, Kaufman served as an assistant football coach for 16 years and assistant baseball coach for seven years. Kaufman also served (1993-2005) as the Sports Information Director for the Indiana Basketball All-Stars who compete annually in the Indiana/Kentucky All-Star Series. In addition, he has assisted in events such as the Indiana Football North/South All-Star Game, two men’s and women’s NCAA Final Four Championship tournaments, Women’s Big 10 Championship tournaments, and numerous invitational and classic events. Kaufman graduated in 1990 from the University of Indianapolis earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration while playing for the Greyhounds Football and Baseball teams on scholarship. He competed as a place-kicker and punter for the Greyhounds earning All-Conference and Pre-Season All-American honors.
Currently a Physical Education Teacher, Head Football Coach & Assistant Athletic Director at Lowell High School. 19 years experience as a Teacher/Coach at Lowell Middle School & High School Graduate of Franklin College with BA Physical Education.
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.
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.
Team Summit, a leader in customized high performance teambuilding, cultural reinvention and leadership development programs, works with organizations that are ready to take on a new level of performance. She is the President and CVO of her company, creating powerful leadership programs that catapult leaders to the next peak of leadership and executive reinvention. Ellyn speaks trains and facilitates on the national and international level with companies and in a variety of meeting settings from regional to national and international summits. She specializes in professional services, manufacturing, hospitality, sports teams, financial and healthcare industries. Her dynamic style on topics such as Leading with the secret ingredient, Leading Change, Leading from your zone of genius and more leave audiences engaged and excited about what’s next for them and ready to take new action. Author of the book, “Are you sleepwalking through your life?” Ellyn offers workshops on creating the life you want. Ellyn is just one of four certified master coaches in Indiana. She specializes in transformational executive and leadership coaching. She works with C suite executives in reinventing cultures, their leadership styles and their teams. Her insights and professionalism along with her straight forward caring approach makes her a valuable asset to teams across the globe. She has over 20 years of corporate marketing, sales and communications expertise and leverages that expertise to organizations of all sizes including Fortune 100, nonprofit boards to collegiate athletic teams. Her background and expertise include executive level management experience at Conseco. Ellyn grew up in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She graduated with a double major, BA-Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a member of the Big10 and NCAA Championship Track Team from 1981-84.
Mike was an educator for 46 years. He coached Boys and Girls Basketball, football, track and cross country, and was Athletic Director for 12 years at South Side High School and Northrop High School in Fort Wayne. Mike developed and sponsored an annual Conference Sportsmanship Seminar, established a Student Athletic Council at Northrop, participated in the Stay- in- Bounds Program, spoke at National Conventions on sportsmanship and leadership, and has made presentations to schools and organizations in Indiana, Michigan and Missouri including the IHSAA & the NFHS. Mike has also held leadership positions in the IIAAA.
Jeff Mohler is the Vice President of Programs for Special Olympics Indiana. In addition, he is the head coach for girls cross country at Guerin Catholic High School. Jeff was a high school and collegiate runner, competing for Carmel High School and later for Indiana Wesleyan University. He continues to be an avid runner, sharing the importance of fitness and nutrition with the athletes of Special Olympics and with his runners at the high school.
Hank Nuwer is the author of four scholarly books on hazing with two more in the works. His publisher is Indiana University Press.
He is an associate professor at Franklin College in Indiana.
Nuwer is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Lambda Delta National Academic Honorary Societies.
The Hank Nuwer Antihazing Hero Award at Hazing Prevention.Org is named in his honor.
He runs the popular @Hazing Twitter and Hazing on Facebook social media sites. He is launching a free online journal on hazing and bullying in January 2013.
He is a member of the Ball State Journalism Hall of Fame.
He created and financially supports the e Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection at Buffalo State College Library Special Collections to encourage undergraduate and graduate-level scholarship in hazing and bullying studies.
He was awarded an Hon. Doctor of Humane Letters from the State University of New York for his work on hazing education.
Sarah Overpeck earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Spanish, as well as grades 5-12 teaching certifications in both areas, from Indiana University – Bloomington. She has been part of the NCAA Eligibility Center since 2009, initially with the Academic Certification team, and transitioning to her current role as Assistant Director of High School Review in August 2014. Her role involves conducting reviews of secondary schools and programs to ensure they meet NCAA legislation for either traditional or nontraditional programs. Sarah also serves as a staff liaison to a Division I institution receiving grant funds through the NCAA’s Accelerating Academic Success Program. She brings to the table a wealth of knowledge regarding both academics and athletics, with her background as a former high school teacher and track coach as well as a collegiate student-athlete in the sports of rowing, cross-country, and track and field. Sarah is also an avid marathon runner, recently lowering her personal best time to 2:52:27 while winning the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham, Alabama.
Marcia Reynolds serves as Director of the Language Support Program at Cathedral High School , as well as English teacher for college-bound exceptional learners, and as academic coach. In these roles she guides secondary students to discover and develop their individual potential. She earned a degree in Communications from Indiana University, a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities and Neurologically Impaired also from Indiana University, and School Psychologist certification from Butler University, she has worked in this field for 37 years.
Adam Ritz has worked in radio and television on a national level since graduating from Purdue University in 1994. THE ADAM RITZ SHOW is nationally syndicated from flagship station CBS Sports Radio 1430 WXNT in Indianapolis. Adam is also a player development and social media consultant for the NFL, NCAA, and WWE. Most recently Adam has been invited to be a committee member for the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists, or PAADS, providing life skills to professional leagues including the NBA, MLB and the LPGA. Adam was an all-state IHSAA student athlete in Football and Track from Carmel HS, and was recruited by Fred Akers to play football at Purdue University. After having Adam speak to his Alabama Crimson Tide football team before the 2013 National Championship season, 'Bama head coach Nick Saban said, "Adam Ritz came with a gold mine of social awareness issues; Powerful, entertaining, and informative, Adam Ritz is a must see for athletes at all levels." More info: www.AdamRitz.com.
Dr. Gary Sailes is a professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of seven books, over 100 articles and book chapters, and has appeared on national and international radio and television. His publications and scholarship on American sport have led to invitations to speak nationally and internationally. As a consultant to the commercial sports industry, Dr. Sailes works with elite high school, college, professional and Olympic athletes, coaches and teams in the areas of athletic performance enhancement and professional development. He received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and two Distinguished Teaching Awards from Indiana University. His current book, Sport in Higher Education: Issues and Controversies in College Athletics, was released in 2013.
Ed Sullivan became the Director of Technology at the IHSAA in January of 2007. He is responsible for enabling technology for both internal IHSAA staff and IHSAA member schools. Prior to joining the IHSAA, Ed was the Director for Academic Programs of the IUPUI Solution Center. He also served as the Director of CITOnline for the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Computer Technology at IUPUI. His industrial experience includes seven years as System Development Manager and eight years as Vice President for Systems Development at USA Group.
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.
Dave Westol will begin his 30th year of officiating football at the high school level in July—he has worked at the D-III and D-II NCAA levels in the past. He received a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Detroit College of Law. He has spoken on over 475 campuses in the United States and Canada about leadership, motivation, risk management, hazing and making good decisions.
Coach Ken Wertz, Presidential Award Winning educator and inductee of the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association, brings forty years of knowledge and experience to the stage using wit and sleight of hand to captivate the young and old with his passion of preparing this generation for the challenges that lay ahead. Whether on the football field, the basketball court, the wrestling mat, or preparing for “mountain-size” hurdles that only few experience, Mr. Wertz is the voice of faith and reason. Having worked with athletes from preteens to those in the collegiate arena, Coach is determined to challenge the good to be great and the great to be tough minded, tender hearted, and take action.
Brett Williams is a former IHSAA Student Advisory Committee (SAC) member while participating in three sports at Hamilton Southeastern High School. Williams continued her athlete career at Michigan State University where she was a softball student-athlete and graduated with honors in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and specialization in Public Relations. She is currently the Assistant Director of Communications at the Horizon League where she manages communications for nine sports and runs five conference championships.