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State Board of Directors
2013-14

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Mark Knapp
Board President

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2012 – July 31, 2014
Class AA Representative, Southeast District

Superintendent, Wheelersburg Local School District

620 Center Street, PO Box 340, Wheelersburg 45694
B: 740-574-8484; Fax: 740-385-3683; Email: mark.knapp@wheelersburg.net


Mark is a 1979 graduate of Green High School in Franklin Furnace, Ohio. He holds bachelor’s degrees from The Ohio State University (1983) and Ohio University (1989) and earned a master’s degree in education from Ohio University (1995). He has since completed additional graduate courses in educational leadership from Ashland University and Ohio University.


Mark has served two districts in Ohio during his 20 years in education. He began his career in the Washington-Nile Local School District in 1993 as a high school mathematics teacher. In addition to his teaching assignment, Mark coached boys freshman and junior varsity basketball at Portsmouth West High School. He also served as Portsmouth West’s athletic director for five years and was assistant high school principal for one year before moving to the Wheelersburg Local School District in 2001.


An employee of the Wheelersburg Local School District for 12 years, he served for a brief period as assistant high school principal/athletic director before being appointed high school principal in August 2001. Mark has served as superintendent of Wheelersburg Schools since August 2005.


He was first elected to the Southeast District Athletic Board to fill an unexpired term in May 2006. Mark serves as co-chair of the Southeast District’s Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Committee and has recently served on an OHSAA committee for Division I football. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.


Mark resides in Wheelersburg with his wife Mary Beth and daughters Katie and Molly.


 

Beth Hill

Board Vice President
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2012 – July 31, 2014

Female Representative, Central District

Principal, Newark Catholic High School

1 Green Wave Drive, Newark 43055
B: 740-344-3594; Fax: 740-344-0421; Email: bhill@cdeducation.org


Beth is a 1979 graduate of Newark Catholic High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1983 from Walsh College, where she earned 10 varsity athletic letters. She continued her studies at Kent State University, earning a Master of Arts degree in sport administration, and she received her principal and superintendent certification through studies at the University of Dayton.


Beth taught in the English, social studies and theology departments while coaching volleyball at Newark Catholic High School from 1984 until 1994. Her 1984, 1988 and 1989 teams won state championships, and the 1987 and 1993 teams participated in the state final four. Her teams won five Licking County League championships, two Central Catholic League championships and six Central District championships. She was named Central District Coach of the Year in 1987, 1989 and 1990; Class A Coach of the Year in 1990, and Licking County Coach of the Year in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989. She was also named “Outstanding Coach of the Year” in 1990 by the National Collegiate Hall of Fame.


Beth was inducted into the Walsh College Hall of Fame in 1994, into the Newark Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008. She served as athletic director at Newark Catholic from 1992 through 1994. She then went to Marion Catholic Jr./Sr. Preparatory High School to serve as principal from the fall of 1994 until 1997. She has been principal at Newark Catholic for the past 15 years.


Beth was elected to the Central District Athletic Board in 2004 and previously filled an unexpired term on the OHSAA Board of Directors during the 2006-07 school year. Beth resides on a small farm north of Newark with her family.

 

 

Phil Ackerman
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014

Class A Representative, East District

Director of Administrative Services, Ohio Valley Educational Service Center
128 N. 8th Street, Cambridge 43725
B: 740-439-3558 ext. 229; Fax: 740-439-0012; Email: phil.ackerman@omeresa.net


Phil is a 1971 graduate of Skyvue High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1975 from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Dayton in 1984.

Phil began his career in education as a sixth-grade teacher at Graysville Elementary School in 1975, at which time he also coached basketball, cross country and track at Skyvue High School. He served as an elementary principal in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District from 1985-1990. In 1990, he became an administrative assistant for the Switzerland of Ohio School District. Phil served as the principal of Skyvue Elementary School from 1996-1998 and as an administrative assistant from 1998-2001 in Switzerland of Ohio. From 2001-2005, he was the superintendent of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District. In 2005, he accepted an administrative position with the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center in Cambridge.

Orginally elected to the East District Athletic Board in 2004, Phil was re-elected to a second term in 2010. This is his second term on the OHSAA Board of Directors, previously serving from August 2006-July 2008.

Phil resides outside of Lewisville on Echo Hill Angus Farm, where he raises registered Angus cattle. He has three children, Jason (Ramona), Carey (John) and Casey (Meredith).

 

 

Jim Borchik

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2012 - July 31, 2014

Class AAA Representative, Northeast District

Assistant Principal/ Athletic Administrator, Copley High School

3807 Ridgewood Road., Copley 44321
B: 330-664-4951; Fax: 330-664-4951: Email: jim.borchik@copley-fairlawn.org

 

Cleveland native Jim Borchik graduated from Rhodes High School in 1973. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University in 1977 and a Master’s of Education degree from Bowling Green State University in 1978.
 

Jim’s professional career began in the 1977-78 school year as a graduate assistant basketball coach at BGSU. He then served as an instructor and coach of various sports at Marietta College (1978-79), Walsh College (1979-80) and Thiel College (1980-83). Jim moved to secondary education in 1983 when he became a teacher and a basketball coach at Barberton High School. Since 1993, he has been an administrator at Copley High School and is currently serving as assistant principal/ athletic administrator.

Additional experiences in athletic administration include being a charter member of the Greater Akron Basketball Coaches Association (serving as president, 1990-91), managing the OHSAA Copley Division 1 Boys Basketball Sectional/District Tournament for 10 years and directing the Century Cage Camp since 1981.


Jim has been on the OHSAA Northeast District Board since 2008, serving as the 2011-12 board president, and he is a member of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and the Northeast OIAAA.


Jim and his wife of 30 years, Linda, live in Copley, where their four sons, who were each multi-sport athletes, graduated from Copley High School: Jamie in 2003, Jason in 2006, Daniel in 2008 and David in 2011.


 

Tim Cook
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2015
Class AAA Representative, Southwest District

Assistant Principal/Athletic Administrator, Mt. Orab Western Brown High School
476 W. Main Street, Mt. Orab 45154
B: 937-444-2544 ext. 11007; Fax: 937-444-4355; Email: tim.cook@wb.k12.oh.us


Tim is a 1980 graduate of Fairfield High School in Leesburg, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Wilmington College in 1984 and his master's degree in educational administration from the University of Dayton in 1987.

Tim has been at Western Brown Local Schools in Mt. Orab his entire career. He began his teaching and coaching career in 1984 at Hamersville Elementary and Middle School, where he taught physical education in grades K through 9. During that time he coached ninth grade basketball and junior high football. The next year, he was transferred to Western Brown High School, where he taught physical education until 1997. Tim was the head boys basketball coach from 1991-1997 and the head girls fast pitch softball coach from 1989-1998. In 1997, he was named the assistant principal and athletic administrator at Western Brown High and has held that position since.

Tim was elected to the OHSAA's Southwest District Athletic Board in 2011. Tim was an officer on the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association Board from 2001-2009 and served as president in 2005-06. Since 2009 he has been the Southwest state representative and served on the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s Board of Directors. He was the Southwest Ohio Athletic Administrator of the Year in 2007 and received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2011.

Tim resides in Mt. Orab with his wife, Lilly, who is the assistant principal at Mt. Orab Middle School. They have raised six children (four boys and two girls) who were all very active in high school athletics. Tim's father, Jim Cook, was an athletic director for 31 years at Leesburg Fairfield High School and is in the OIAAA Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. Lilly's father, Heckie Thompson, was the head boys basketball coach at Western Latham for 22 years and is in the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.


Phil Harris
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2015
Class AA Representative, Central District

Principal, Plain City Jonathan Alder High School

9200 US Rt. 42, Plain City 43064
B: 614-873-4642; Fax: 614-873-4252; Email: harris@japioneers.org


Phil graduated from Maysville High School, which is just south of Zanesville, in 1973. He attended Miami University, where he began as a math major before switching to pre-medicine. He lettered in baseball as a pitcher his freshman and sophomore years when the Redskins qualified for the College World Series by winning the Mid-American Conference in 1974. Phil then transferred to The Ohio State University, where he graduated with a degree in biology in 1977. After deciding to enter the teaching profession, he student taught and coached basketball and baseball at Thomas Worthington High School before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in science education in 1978.

Phil began his career in education in the spring of 1978 at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center. He taught science and biology while coaching baseball and golf. He then accepted a position in 1980 at Jonathan Alder Schools, where his teaching and coaching assignments remained the same. In 1984, Phil earned a master’s degree in education administration from Ohio State and that fall became the assistant principal at Jonathan Alder High School. In 1985 he was promoted as Jonathan Alder’s principal, a position he continues to hold today.

A member of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) for nearly 30 years, Phil has served on various committees for OASSA and presented at several conferences and workshops. When Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine formed the School Safety Task Force, Phil was selected to represent the high school principals for the state of Ohio. He was elected to the Central District Athletic Board in 1998 and is serving his third term as the Class AA representative. He has been president and vice president of that board and has been in charge of the scholar-athlete program for a number of years. This is his first term on the Board of Directors.

Phil and his wife, Holly, have been married for 35 years and have three children. Molly, 28, is a graduate of Otterbein College; Zack, 26, graduated from Wittenberg University and resides in Akron with his wife, Rachel, and Emily, 23, is a graduate of Wright State University and has been accepted into graduate school at New York University.

 

Gary Kreinbrink
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 – July 15, 2015
Class A Representative, Northwest District

Athletic Administrator, Leipsic High School

218 S. Poplar Street, Leipsic 45856
B: 419-943-2164 ext. 4088; Fax: 419-943-2185; Email: lp_kreinbrink@lp.noacsc.org

A 1979 graduate of Leipsic High School, Gary received his bachelor's degree from Bluffton University in comprehensive communication and his master's degree from Northcentral University in athletic administration.

His professional career began as an English teacher and junior varsity basketball coach at Howard East Knox High School for two years. He returned to his hometown and has been at Leipsic for the past 28 years. Gary has been a varsity coach at Leipsic in the sports of cross country, boys and girls track and softball, and he has been the head girls varsity basketball coach there for the past 27 years. His basketball teams have won nine league championships and have accumulated 330 wins. In 2013, Gary was selected to coach the North squad in the Ohio Division III-IV North-South All-Star Game at Capital University. He also coached the Buckeye squad in the Ohio vs. Indiana All-Star Game in 2009 and 2010.

Gary has been the athletic administrator at Leipsic since 2004. He was elected as a Class A representative to the Northwest District Athletic Board in 2010, currently serves as that board’s president and is a member of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.

Gary lives in Leipsic with his wife, Vicki. All three of their children have each been multi-sport athletes: Corey is a coach and intervention specialist at North Central High School; Amanda is a licensed practical nurse and is working toward certification as a registered nurse, and Hailey is a senior at Leipsic High School during the 2013-14 school year.
 

 

Bret Mavis
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2015
7th-8th Grade Representative

Principal, Chillicothe Zane Trace Middle/Junior High School
946 SR 180, Chillicothe 45601
B: 740-773-5842 ext. 1117; Fax: 740-773-9998; Email: bmavis@ztlsd.org

Bret is a 1978 graduate of Bishop Flaget High School in Chillicothe, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., and also holds a Master’s Degree in educational administration from Ashland University and earned his superintendent's certification from Wright State University.

He began his teaching and coaching career in 1984 at Huntington Ross High School in Chillicothe, where he taught for 21 years in grades 8 through 12. During that time he also coached baseball, boys basketball, football and softball. He was the athletic administrator at Huntington Ross for 14 years.

In 2004, Bret was hired by the Zane Trace Local School District as the athletic administrator and middle/ junior high school principal. He currently holds the latter position at the school.

Bret was elected to the OHSAA's Southeast District Athletic Board in 2012 as the 7th-8th grade representative. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.

Bret lives in Chillicothe with his wife, Angela, an elementary teacher in the Huntington Ross Local School District. They have a son, Nat, a junior at Zane Trace High School, and daughter Desteny, a county caseworker for children's services in the Chillicothe area. Two grandchildren, Rece and Gavyn, complete the family.


Jonas L. Smith, CAA
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2015
Ethnic-Minority Representative

Athletic Administrator, Dayton Public Schools

1601 S. Edwin Moses Blvd., Dayton 45417

B: 937-542-4070; Fax: 937-452-4071; Email: jsmith@dps.k12.oh.us

Jonas graduated from Dayton Jefferson Township High School in 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health services administration from Wilberforce University in 1995 and his elementary school certification from Central State University in 1998.

Jonas began his career in education in 1990 as the head girls basketball coach at Jefferson Township High, which he held until 2005. His teaching career began in 1995 with the Dayton Public Schools at Wilbur Wright Middle School. In 1996, He became director of athletics for Jefferson Township, which he held until 2005.

In 2005, Jonas became the director of athletics for the Dayton Public Schools. He is a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA), member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association (SWOADA). He was appointed to the OHSAA’s Southwest District Athletic Board in 2011, was formally elected to that board in 2012 and is in his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors. He has also been a registered OHSAA basketball official since 1995.

Jonas’ wife, LaDonna, is a kindergarten teacher with the Dayton Public Schools. They reside in Dayton and have two sons, Jaren and Jalen.

 

 

Bruce Brown
State Board of Directors Since August 1, 2013
Ex-Officio, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Representative/Executive Director

Athletic Administrator, Uniontown Lake High School

1025 Lake Center Street, Uniontown 44685
B: 330-877-4288; Fax: 330-877-4747; Email: brownbruce@lakelocal.org


Bruce is a 1968 graduate of the former Pleasant View High School (now Galloway Westland) and received his Bachelor of Education degree from Bowling Green State University. He received his master’s degree in education along with his Ohio educational administration certification from Ashland University in 2002.

Bruce began his career in education and coaching at Hubbard High School in 1972 and then became head boys basketball coach at Columbus Franklin Heights in 1973. He continued his coaching career over the next two decades including a stint as assistant men’s basketball coach at Bowling Green State University from 1981-84. His teams earned over 220 victories during his head coaching career.

In 1998, he assumed the dual role of head basketball coach and athletic administrator at Uniontown Lake High School and then became exclusively the athletic administrator and facilities coordinator in 1999. Since that time, he has been involved with many aspects of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA). In the spring of 2012, he was selected as the first executive director of the OIAAA and remains in that capacity today.

At the national level, Bruce has been involved with the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Coach Education Program and has presented at several national conferences. He continues to work closely with the OHSAA in the development of the Ohio Coach Education Program along with leadership training and certification for athletic administrators.

In 2007, he was named “Ohio Athletic Director of Year” by the OIAAA and was Ohio’s selection for the NFHS “Citation Award” in 2010. In 2011, he was chosen as the national “Coach Educator of the Year” by the NFHS.

Bruce and his wife, Cindy, reside in Uniontown. They have four children (Blaire, Megan, Logan and Lauren) and two grandchildren (Kendra and Graham).

 

 

Sarah Dove
State Board of Directors Since January 1, 2013
Ex-Officio, Ohio Department of Education Representative

Senior Policy Advisor, Ohio Department of Education

25 S. Front Street, 7th Floor, Columbus 43215

B:614-644-6777; Fax: 614-728-4781; Email: sarah.dove@education.ohio.gov




 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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