Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.
COMMISSIONER of the OHSAA since August 1, 2004
Dan is the ninth commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. His passion and enthusiasm for secondary education, combined with his tireless efforts to promote the important role that interscholastic athletics and extracurricular programs play for students, have helped the OHSAA become one of the most respected high school associations in the country.
He has extensive experience as a school administrator in Ohio, having served as a superintendent, principal, teacher, counselor and coach for 30 years, and he also has experience as a college instructor, in manufacturing and as a contest official.
A native of Portsmouth and graduate of Columbus St. Charles High School in 1967, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Ohio Dominican College in 1971.
He began his career in education in 1971 as an elementary school teacher at Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School. The following year he moved to the Scioto County Joint Vocational School in Lucasville. He served as a social studies teacher there for two years and as a counselor for three more years. Also during that time, Dan earned his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Xavier University in 1973.
Dan left the education profession for a year in 1977 to serve as a production supervisor with the Didier-Taylor Corp., a manufacturing company in South Shore, Ky. He returned to education the following year when he became the principal at Portsmouth Notre Dame Junior-Senior High School.
After three years at Notre Dame, Dan moved to Bowling Green in 1981 and served as an instructor at Bowling Green State University while working on his doctorate degree. He completed his Ph.D. at BGSU in 1983 in educational administration and supervision.
For 21 years prior to joining the OHSAA, he served as superintendent at three different school districts, leading the Patrick Henry Local Schools in Hamler (Henry County) for three years from 1983 to 1986, the Pickerington Local Schools (Fairfield County) for 11 years from 1986 to 1997 and the Avon Lake City Schools (Lorain County) for seven years from 1997 to July 31, 2004.
Dr. Ross, who has completed additional postgraduate work at the University of Tennessee and Ohio, Ashland and Columbia Universities, also has experience as a coach, serving as the freshman and assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Portsmouth Notre Dame.
In addition, Dan was registered for 20 years as an OHSAA official, where he had five boys state basketball and two girls state basketball tournament assignments and also worked in the sports of volleyball and baseball. While living in Portsmouth, he started a local chapter of the volleyball officials association. He was inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame in 2006.
Dr. Ross was the recipient of the 2003 Superintendent of the Year Award by the Ohio Parent Teacher Association. That same year he also was named the Outstanding School Administrator by the Ohio Music Education Association. Dan was also named a 2008 Friend of Education that was presented by the Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents.
Dan has represented the United States on an educational mission to the Soviet Union and represented Ohio on educational missions to China and at Columbia University. He worked with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and local boards of education on “Boardsmanship” workshops, worked with Georgia Southern University on “Projects for Youth at Risk” and was a member of an OHSAA ad hoc committee to review the bylaws and constitution. He recently served on the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Review Committee and recently chaired the National Federation of State High School Associations 2008-11 Strategic Planning Committee.
He is also past president and was a member of the executive committee of the Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents, and, as president of the Avon-Avon Lake Rotary Club, he represented Northeast Ohio on a Rotary International service project in Costa Rica.
In addition, Dr. Ross was an adjunct professor at Ohio University, Bowling Green State University and Baldwin-Wallace College.
Dan and his wife, Kristine, have
four grown children. Daughter Heather and her husband, Adam, reside in
Pickerington and have two children, Brayden and Mia. Heather earned her
bachelor’s degree at Cleveland State University, received her master’s
degree from Mississippi State University and teaches high school science.
Son Nathan is a graduate of Ohio University, is a technology sales manager
for Oracle and resides in Delaware with his wife, Valerie, and their two
children, William and Ruby. Son Joseph is a graduate of Bowling Green State
University. He and his wife, Michelle, live in San Diego, where he is an
underwriting analyst for the Insurance Company of the West. Son John
graduated from Bowling Green State University, completed his M.B.A. at
Cleveland State and works for State Auto Insurance as a personal lines sales
manager. He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Cleveland, and have a daughter,
Alayna, and a son, Evan.
In that time he helped enhance the Association’s relationship with the media by providing more and timely information such as news releases, publishing the OHSAA Working With the Media Handbook for athletic administrators and tournament managers and the OHSAA Public Relations Guide for Coaches and creating and chairing the OHSAA Media Advisory Committee; upgraded all publications including state tournament souvenir programs, the quarterly Athlete magazine and the Year-in-Review magazine, and oversaw the enhancement of the OHSAA website and state tournament records and archives.
Promoted to Associate Commissioner for Operations prior to the 2008-09 school year, Bob’s main duties are to serve as the office’s chief liaison with the membership and staff in the absence of the Commissioner; plan in- and out-of-office staff and Board of Directors meetings; oversee the Director of Information Services and his staff; assist in the areas of media and public relations, publications, marketing and promotions and budget planning, and oversee special projects.
A 1977 graduate of Orrville High School, he holds two degrees from The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1981 and a Master of Arts degree in sport management in 1982.
Bob’s previous work was in collegiate sports information offices. He was sports information director and assistant public relations director at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, Ind.) from June 1983 to May 1984; assistant sports information director and athletic publications coordinator at Purdue University from June 1984 to April 1990, and assistant sports information director at Ohio State from May 1990 to September 1995. His publications at those institutions won 22 national and 16 district awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America. While at Ohio State, he taught a graduate course in the sport management program on sports public relations.
Bob and his wife, Terri, an elementary
school teacher with the Worthington City Schools, have two sons, Sam (17)
and Max (10). They reside in Powell. Bob has been a youth coach for his
sons’ sports teams and serves on the Olentangy Local School District’s
Deborah B. Moore
Debbie received a high school diploma from Newark Senior High School in 1970. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education in 1974 from Kent State University, a Master of Arts in physical education teacher education in 1978 from The Ohio State University and Ph.D. in physical education teacher education in 1980 from The Ohio State University.
Debbie began teaching and coaching in the Buckeye Valley Local Schools in 1974. She coached volleyball, gymnastics and track and field while teaching health and physical education. She was on the faculty of Wilmington College, where she also coached intercollegiate volleyball for five years, Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and Kent State University. She was a seasonal employee of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in the aquatics division for 19 summers, 13 of those seasons in management.
Debbie is an avid runner, skier and triathlete. She and her husband, Bobby, Senior Director of Client Engagement of Battelle for Kids in Columbus, reside in Plain City.
Prior to his selection to join the OHSAA staff, Jeff served as the Ohio State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s ex-officio representative to the OHSAA Board of Directors from 2001 to 2011. From January 2006 to June 2011, he served with the Ohio Department of Education as the Director of Finance Program Services, where he was responsible for providing specialized expertise in school finance for Ohio’s nearly 2,000 traditional school districts, community schools, non-public schools and other educational entities as well as managing the oversight of districts in fiscal caution, watch and emergency. From 2001 to 2010, Jeff was responsible for the Office of Federal and State Grants Management, the division that manages over $1 billion in Federal and state grant funds each year, and he was the co-developer of the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) used by Ohio’s school districts to plan program resources and obtain grant funding for educational programs. Prior to that, he served with the Ohio Auditor of State from 1995 to 2001 as an Assistant Auditor, Auditor-in-Charge, and Deputy Auditor managing audits of the Departments of Education and Taxation, Rehabilitation Services Commission, Ohio Air Quality Development Authority and the Treasurer of State.
A graduate of Galion Northmor High School in 1990, Jeff was class salutatorian. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University in 1995, majoring in accounting. During his time at the university, Jeff was a member and squad leader in The Ohio State University Marching Band, a member of Phi Eta Sigma/Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honoraries and served as an intramural softball umpire and intramural basketball and flag football official.
Jeff served as the first two-time president of The Ohio State University Marching Band (TBDBITL) Alumni Club from 2007 to 2009 after serving as the club’s treasurer and vice president. Additionally, in February 2012, he began a five-year term as a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Additionally, he became an OHSAA registered basketball official in 1991 and officiated in OHSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament in 2008. Since 1991, Jeff has served as a Judicial and State Government Section Consultant and Counselor for the American Legion Buckeye Boys’ State program, a non-partisan government workshop for high school seniors. He has also been a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Association of Education Federal Financial Administrators, Association of Government Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors and an affiliate member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Jeff was named as a recipient of the William Oxley Thompson Award by The Ohio State University Alumni Association for distinctive career achievement and civic involvement prior to age 36 in 2007 and as the Elvin Donaldson Most Inspirational Alumni Band Member in 2009.
Jeff resides near Mount Gilead with his
wife Robin and sons Myles (8) and Chase (4).
Steve obtained a high school diploma from Walnut Hills High School in the Cincinnati Public School District in 1994. He graduated from Miami University in 1999 with a B.S in health and sports studies, following the thematic sequence in educational leadership. While at Miami, he also participated as a collegiate baseball player and was an intern in the athletic department.
In 2001, he completed an M.S. in sports studies while working in the athletic department as assistant director of event management/operations. Steve served as the director of athletic events and community relations from August 2003-February 2005, then transitioned into a position as assistant director of corporate relations and ticket sales from February 2005-June 2005.
In August 2003, Steve completed the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males, which focused on leadership and administration, finance and fundraising, along with booster and public relations.
He served as tournament manager from 1999-2005 in all aspects of OHSAA tournaments in the Southwest District in the sports of football, girls and boys basketball, baseball and softball. Steve has also served as a registered OHSAA official in the sports of basketball and baseball since 1999.
Steve enjoys assisting with professional development, community involvement and assisting with baseball and basketball sport camps.
Steve and his wife, Maria, Ph.D., a
biochemist/nutritional consultant, have two sons, James (3) and Micah (1½).
She is known as a “Little Giant,” having graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1977. Roxanne can also be considered a Buckeye, Cavalier, Zip and Cougar, having worked over 20 years in intercollegiate athletics in the area of student support services. She began her professional career in 1985 at the University of Virginia (UVA) as assistant director of academic advising for student-athletes.
From UVA, she moved on to the University of Akron and then to The Ohio State University (OSU), where she spent over eight years working with Buckeye student-athletes. Most recently, she worked at Columbus State Community College, where she was the director of student activities and athletics. While at Columbus State, Roxanne oversaw a 12-team intercollegiate athletic program in terms of compliance and student-athlete welfare. She also was responsible for campus programming— social, cultural and recreational—as well as the campus student leadership program and facilitating Columbus States’ Student Code of Conduct hearings.
Roxanne graduated summa cum laude from OSU in 1981 and completed her master’s degree from OSU in 1984 in counseling psychology. She is a member of Fremont Ross’ Sports Hall of Fame for her achievements in basketball and track.
Roxanne enjoys writing in her spare time and is the author of three children’s books: Little Brutus Buckeye Makes New Friends (limited release), Troy and the Championship Trophy (2007) and Buckeyes, Bow Ties and Sweater Vests (2010). These rhyming stories deal with bullying, sportsmanship and diversity, respectively.
Roxanne resides in Worthington.
Jerry began his career in 1977 as a junior high teacher in the Defiance City Schools, where he also coached baseball, basketball and football. He moved on to teach and become the head boys basketball coach at Morral Ridgedale High School between 1980 and 1982 before serving as a teacher and middle school athletic director in the Bryan City Schools during the 1982-83 school year.
Jerry was hired by the Findlay City Schools in 1983 to teach physical sciences. He also served as an assistant boys varsity basketball coach at Findlay High School until 1991, when he was promoted to the school’s head boys basketball coach. He served in that capacity until 1999. Overall, he spent 25 years at Findlay, the last 16 as the high school’s athletic director.
Between 2002 and 2008, Jerry was elected to serve on the OHSAA’s Northwest District Athletic Board, and he was elected to a two-year term on the OHSAA Board of Directors between 2005-07, serving as the Board’s president in 2006-07. He also has been a trustee with the OHSAA Foundation and with Flag City Youth Football in Findlay. In addition, Snodgrass served as an announcer and color analyst for WTLW-TV in Lima and Buckeye Cable Sports Network in Toledo.
Snodgrass is a 1973 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1977 and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton in 1989.
Jerry and his wife, Barb, a nurse
consultant for HCR-Manor Care, reside in Findlay and have two grown
children. Daughter Katie and her husband, Mike, reside in Toledo and have a
son, Declan (1). They both work at Fox-TV, WUPW, Toledo. Son Mark attends
The Ohio State University and has served as a youth sports coach.
Beau joined the Ohio High School Athletic Association in the fall of 2012 as Interim Assistant Commissioner. He oversees the OHSAA’s officiating program and is the administrator for the sports of football and wrestling.
His chief duties with the officiating program include overseeing the licensing, registration and renewal process for nearly 17,000 OHSAA officials; working directly with each sport’s Director of Officials Development in creating officials training programs; overseeing and working directly with state and local rules interpreters, officiating instructors, officials assigners and local officials associations and secretaries; overseeing both the assignment and evaluation processes of officials for OHSAA tournaments; and overseeing the web-based officials portal, the Officials Hall of Fame program and coach and athlete ejections. While overseeing football and wrestling, Beau is charged with interpreting contest rules; preparing school tournament assignments, sport regulations, tournament regulations and coaches/officials manuals; preparing school and tournament mailings; selecting regional and state tournament sites; and administering regional and state tournaments, which includes assigning officials and tournament personnel, managing pre-tournament meetings and preparing/overseeing a budget.
A native of Newark, Ohio, Beau graduated from Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts. He holds two degrees from The Ohio State University (OSU), earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 1980 and a Master of Arts degree in sport management in 1981. He has also completed doctoral work in physical education/sport management with a minor in business management.
Beau’s previous full-time work was with OSU’s Department of Recreational Sports. Starting in 1986, he served as assistant director and moved into two different associate director positions before retiring after 25 years in 2011. He directed a comprehensive intramural sports program encompassing 33 sports before shifting his duties to fundraising and directing marketing, sponsorships, facility scheduling, membership and customer service.
Beau has also had a strong tie with the OHSAA over the years, serving as a registered OHSAA contest official in the sports of football (six state tournament assignments) and basketball for over 30 years, when he also has been an officiating instructor in those two sports; the manager of the OHSAA State Track & Field Tournament for the past 22 years; the head runner for the OHSAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament for the past 25 years, and a member of the scoring and timing staff at the OHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament for the past 17 years. In addition, Beau was an NCAA Division III football official for 10 years; has directed the track tournament in 25 of the 30 years in which he has volunteered for the Ohio Special Olympic Games, and has served on the timing staffs of OSU home football and men’s basketball games for several years.
Beau and his wife, Morena, reside in Upper Arlington. They have a daughter Meredith (24) and a son Sam (21).
Tim joined the OHSAA after five years in the athletics communications office at The Ohio State University. He was the sports information director for the men’s soccer, fencing, women’s gymnastics and softball teams, coordinated the basketball statistics crew and assisted with media relations for the football program, including four bowl trips.
From 1999 to 2003, Tim served as the sports information director at his alma mater, Bluffton University, in Northwest Ohio. He is a 1998 graduate of Bluffton and played football and baseball while majoring in computer science and secondary education. Tim taught at Elida High School during the 1998-99 school year. He is a 1994 graduate of Marion Pleasant High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball.
Tim and his wife, Anna, a
mathematics teacher at Buckeye Valley High School in Delaware, reside in
Powell. They have two sons, Gavin (2½) and Graham (1). Tim enjoys running,
hunting and fishing and following the Cincinnati Reds.