Chad Briscoe

Mr. Chad Briscoe serves as the Director of Athletics at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN.  Prior to becoming an athletic administrator, Briscoe coached basketball at Geneva College, Ball State University, and Anderson University. Briscoe graduated from and played at Anderson University, where he had a standout career. After college, he continued his basketball career overseas in Sweden. While playing in Sweden, Briscoe also coached at Sanda High School. Briscoe was involved with professional baseball for six years, working three of those with the Texas Rangers, as a part of their minor league system. 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.  

John Christy

 

Mr. 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. 

Jamy Bechler

Mr. Jamy Bechler is a professional speaker, author, podcast host, and John Maxwell certified leadership coach.  He has worked with teams ranging from the NBA to major corporations. Before going into full-time leadership work, Jamy served for 20 years as a college basketball coach, professor, and administrator. His 2014 basketball team earned the national "Champions of Character" award and he left his previous school as the all-time winningest coach in program history. Upon leaving the college ranks, he served as a high school athletic director in Indiana where he oversaw a 7,500 seat arena, a Boys Basketball State Championship, and a complete budget overhaul that resulted in the largest surplus in more than a decade. Jamy is the author of "The Leadership Playbook: Become Your Team's Most Valuable Leader". Two more books are scheduled for the 2018 calendar year, including "Building Champions: Success Principles from A-to-Z" and "From the Locker Room to the Board Room: Creating a Championship Culture in any Organization".  Bechler is also the host of the "Success Is A Choice" podcast, in which he interviews successful people from a variety of industries. Guests have included Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, Orlando Magic V.P. Pat Williams, IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox, and Original Shark from "Shark Tank" Kevin Harrington just to name a few. Bechler, his wife, Tabitha, and son, Jaylen, reside in the Akron, Ohio area. You can follow him on twitter @CoachBechler or visit his website www.JamyBechler.com.

Robert Faulkens

Mr. Robert Faulkens joined the Indiana High School Athletic Association as an Assistant Commissioner in 2011. He administers the sports of football, wrestling, and baseball.  Prior to coming to the IHSAA, Faulkens served as a member of the IHSAA Board of Directors. Faulkens 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

Mr. Bob Lovell has been a successful coach, athletic administrator, and media personality for over 40 years in Indiana, with 21 years in coaching, 17 years in collegiate athletic administration, and over 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 Sailes

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.  As a professor, he teaches “Culture and Sport” classes in the Sport Management Program at Indiana University.  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 “From the Classroom to the Real World” focuses on the skills graduating students need to enter the work force.

Meloney Schludecker

Mrs. Meloney Schludecker is a Relationship Banker for BMO Harris Bank with over 37 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. Schludecker is currently working on a program to deliver financial literacy to high school and college students, which assists students in becoming empowered and confident in controlling their financial well-being. She combines her knowledge and experience, with her passion to help students, to 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

Ms. 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, 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.  Searcy also worked as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator at Bloomington High School North for 15 years.

Omari Pearson

Mr. 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. Pearson 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. Pearson was a high school, collegiate, and professional basketball player.

Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis

Mr. Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis was 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. This journey is chronicled in a book he co-authored called “To Chase A Dream”.  His second book, “The Leadership Code”, was released in the Fall of 2017.  He is a motivational speaker, author, and sales representative in the apparel industry. He also serves as a high school 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 #1 in the country. He 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 recipient of the Indiana Sports Corporation Volunteer of the Year Award.  He was the recipient of the 2017 IU School of Medicine Spirit of Philanthropy Award.  He lives in Fishers, with his wife and three children.

 

Lee Lonzo

Mr. Lee Lonzo is the Program Director for Champions Together. As such, he facilitates this exciting partnership between the IHSAA and Special Olympics Indiana.  The goal of this partnership is to provide schools with opportunities for ALL of their students to experience inclusive student leadership, whole school engagement in creating a culture of respect and inclusion, participation in Unified Sports® and fundraising to help support the goals of Special Olympics through Champions Together.  He is available to visit and assist schools throughout the state as they participate in this partnership. Lonzo brings a unique background to this role as a former coach, athletic director, lawyer, high school administrator and member of the IHSAA Board of Directors.

Mark Jaynes

Mr. Mark Jaynes is in his third year as, “The Voice of the 500,” and Anchor of the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network. Jaynes has been with the Network for 23 years, previously serving as a pit reporter and turn announcer. 

He also has been with the IHSAA Champions Radio and Television Networks since 2001. Jaynes attended Monrovia High School and graduated from Indiana State University. His broadcasting career includes work at radio stations in Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and Martinsville. For the past 15 years, Jaynes had been a teacher and coach at Beech Grove High School and currently teaches Communications at his Alma Mater, Monrovia. In 2017, Jaynes was named ISWSBA Sportscaster of the Year and was inducted into the Monrovia High School Hall of Fame. 


Tim Cleland

Mr. Tim Cleland teaches communications classes (yearbook, newspaper and telecommunications) at Delta High School and is the boys’ and girls’ tennis head coach. For the past 21 years, he has served as President of the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association.  His tennis program at Delta High School, has enjoyed consistent success in his 54 seasons at Delta, winning 50 Sectional titles, 37 Regional championships, and 8 Semi-State titles.  None of his teams has ever had a losing record.  He ranks second all-time in IHSAA tennis history with 1,003 career Varsity victories.  He has coached at least one All-State Singles, All-State Doubles or Academic All-State player for 29 consecutive calendar years since 1990. He is a two-time finalist for National High School Tennis Coach of the Year and is a member of the Indiana High School Tennis Hall of Fame.  In addition to his teaching and coaching duties, Cleland advises the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Freshmen Mentors programs at Delta.  He has taught junior development tennis classes at the Muncie YMCA for three decades. He is the co-founder of the SmashCancer charity tennis events. Prior to becoming a teacher, he spent 13 years as a professional sports journalist.


Elliott Hopkins

Mr. Elliot Hopkins grew up in Harrisburg, PA. He is the Director of Sports, Sanctioning, and Student Services for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). His responsibilities include, but are not limited to, being the staff liaison for the Student Services Committee, Baseball and Wrestling Rules Editor, supervisor for the Resource Center and Sanctioning Program, and director for the Student Leadership Summit. Hopkins speaks nationally to students exclusively about hazing prevention and sportsmanship. As a graduate of Wake Forest University, Hopkins was captain and a four-year starter for the Demon Deacons’ football team.  He was a four-year recipient of the 1975 Brian Piccolo Scholarship. He was awarded the 1978 Brian Piccolo Player Award, which is given to a player who best epitomized the spirit and work ethic of the late Brian Piccolo. He also received the Bill George Award, which is given to the most outstanding senior lineman.

Randy Vanderbush

Coach Randy Vanderbush is in his 25th year as a teacher and coach at Plainfield High School. He coordinates the strength and conditioning programs for all teams at PHS and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA. He has been a featured speaker at multiple state and national conferences. Coach Vanderbush went to Franklin High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. He continued his education at Michigan State University, and was a letter winner in both football and baseball. He earned his Master of Science in education from Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Audra, and sons, Cael, Caden, and Coen, reside in Plainfield.

Sgt. Roosevelt Williams

Sgt. Roosevelt Williams is a Merrillville High School graduate. He was a member on the football team and participated in Track and Field. He attended St. Joseph College for a year on a football scholarship before transferring to Indiana University to pursue a business degree.

Tristan Parmley

Mr. Tristan Parmley is an entrepreneur from French Lick, Indiana. As a student-athlete at Indiana State University, he was able to excel and have his name entered in the Sycamore Track Record Book. He has opened two businesses, which are creating jobs and helping college students.

Mike Leonard

Mr. Mike Leonard attended Speedway High School and graduated from Hanover College in 1984.  He has been coaching for 34 years. He was an Assistant Coach at DePauw, Alabama, Tulsa, Hanover, Holy Cross, Butler, and Wittenberg. He also coached for a professional team in Tokyo, Japan called the Seagulls. Leonard has been the Head Football Coach at Franklin College since 2003. Since serving as the Head Coach, the Grizzlies have won 10 Heartland Conference Championships. He has several hobbies, such as kayaking, fly fishing, and playing the guitar.  Mike is married to his wife, Susan, and they have two children, Bart-28 and Emily-23. 


Andy Owen

Mr. Andy Owen attended and played football for the University of Indianapolis. He was a special education teacher prior to spending nine years as Athletic Director at Evansville Central High School and serving as the Head Football Coach for eleven years. Just this year, Owen accepted the position of Director of Athletics for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.

Natalee Lewis

Ms. Natalee Lewis has been a social studies teacher at Whiteland Community High School for the past 15 years. She attended Martinsville High School, where she was a member of the 1997 State Champion Basketball Team, which was the last year for single-class basketball. Lewis also participated in softball at Martinsville High School. Lewis continued her basketball and softball playing careers at Goshen College. Lewis began her coaching career at Goshen High School, where she was an assistant basketball and softball coach. Upon graduating from college, Lewis continued her coaching career at Whiteland, where she coached middle school basketball and high school softball and volleyball. She also had the opportunity to coach two seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Franklin College.

Greg Habegger

Mr. Greg Habegger has been an educator at Hamilton Southeastern High School since 1989.  He was a teacher and coached basketball for ten years, with seven years as the varsity coach. He also served as the Dean of Students for six years prior to becoming an Athletic Director in 2005.

Carmen Hawk

Mrs. Carmen Hawk is a 2000 graduate of Morristown High School, where she played volleyball, basketball, softball, and track all four years. She graduated from Purdue University in 2004. She has been an IHSAA Officials for 18 years. She has worked a Softball State Championship Game, Volleyball Semi-State, and Basketball Regional. Hawk is a farmer and is married to her husband, Andrew, and they have two children, Jacob and Graham.

Derek Linn

Mr. Derek Linn graduated from Southmont High School and then later Franklin College. He currently teaches Algebra 2 at Whiteland Community High School. Linn is an IHSAA Official in the sports of soccer and basketball. He also officiates NCAA soccer. Linn resides in Franklin with his wife, Sarah.

Scott Furnish

Mr. Scott Furnish is the Senior Director of Development for Special Olympics Indiana. He started as a volunteer with Special Olympics Indiana in 1990. He assisted with the state’s basketball, softball, and volleyball competitions before becoming the Assistant Director of Sports in 2001. His current role is to manage the 16 signature Polar Plunge events and the Plane Pull Challenge, which have raised more than $2.5 million dollars since their inception. In his spare time, Furnish travels the state officiating high school football.

Jeff Mohler

Mr. Jeff Mohler is the President and CEO for Special Olympics Indiana.  He began his career with Special Olympics as a college intern in 1997 and has stayed involved ever since.  Of his 20-year involvement, he has been on staff for 15 years.  For 11 years, Mohler served as the Chief Operating Officer and was named the organization’s fourth President in January 2018.  His career highlights include his role in the development and implementation of the Champions Together program in partnership with the IHSAA.

Craig Tornquist

Mr. Craig Tornquist has performed more than 3,000 clean, stand-up comedy shows in schools, churches, and corporate audiences all across America.  In recent years, Tornquist has been delighted to be a part of the Champions Together assembly team. Tornquist believes in the saying, "Servant leadership changes lives!"

Mitch Bonar

Mr. Mitch Bonar is a Special Olympics athlete whose life has been changed for the better by participating in sports through Special Olympics and Champions Together. He has participated in seven Special Olympics sports. He attended Noblesville High School where he was named co-captain of their Unified Track Team. He has become a spokesperson for Champions Together, and has given several of speeches to high school students around Indiana. Bonar is currently a student at Ivy Tech Community College, an assistant coach for the Unified Track Team at Noblesville, and serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Indiana.

Nathan Barnes

Mr. Nathan Barnes is the Grants & Communication Manager for Special Olympics Indiana. He is responsible for marketing, public relations, grant writing, and digital content management. He oversees the organization’s website and social media channels. Barnes also serves as primary writer, graphic designer, and brand manager for Special Olympics Indiana. A graduate of Purdue University, he has nearly 10 years experience in similar roles within the nonprofit industry.

Keith Kilmer

Coach Keith Kilmer currently serves as a Physical Education Teacher, Head Football Coach & Assistant Athletic Director at Lowell High School. He has twenty years of experience as a Teacher/Coach at Lowell Middle School & High School. Keith graduated from Franklin College with a BA in Physical Education.

Amy Routt

Ms. Amy Routt initially joined the NCAA Eligibility Center in 2008 as a part-time employee in the Domestic Academic Certification Department.  At that time, she was also employed as chemistry teacher at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis with 13 years of teaching experience.  In 2010, Amy joined the Domestic Academic Certification team full time.  Since joining the EC full time, she transitioned to the High School Review team in 2013 where she has been charged with various responsibilities to include: school and non-traditional program reviews; core course reviews and reviews of student specific issues.  Currently, she is an Associate Director in HSR that oversees the Account Management and Home School/Individual Review Team.  Amy has a degree in secondary education with a focus on Chemistry from Butler University in Indianapolis.