Board of Directors
Meeting Dates & Minutes
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2012 – July 31, 2014
Class AA Representative, Southeast District
Superintendent, Wheelersburg Local School District
Center Street, PO Box 340, Wheelersburg 45694
B: 740-574-8484; Fax: 740-385-3683; Email:
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
his career in the Washington-Nile Local School District in 1993 as a high
mathematics teacher. In addition to his teaching assignment, Mark coached
freshman and junior varsity basketball at Portsmouth West High School. He
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
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:
Beth is a 1979 graduate of Newark Catholic High School and received a
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
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 - July
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:
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
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).
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 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.
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.
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013
- July 31, 2015
Class AAA Representative, Southwest District
Assistant Principal/Athletic Administrator, Mt. Orab Western Brown High
476 W. Main Street, Mt. Orab 45154
B: 937-444-2544 ext. 11007; Fax: 937-444-4355; Email:
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.
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013
– July 31, 2015
Class AA Representative, Central District
Principal, Plain City
Jonathan Alder High School
US Rt. 42, Plain City 43064
B: 614-873-4642; Fax: 614-873-4252; Email:
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.
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 – July
Class A Representative, Northwest District
Athletic Administrator, Leipsic High School
S. Poplar Street, Leipsic 45856
B: 419-943-2164 ext. 4088; Fax: 419-943-2185; Email:
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.
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:
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
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
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
Dayton Public Schools
1601 S. Edwin Moses Blvd., Dayton 45417
B: 937-542-4070; Fax: 937-452-4071; Email:
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
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
Jonas’ wife, LaDonna, is a kindergarten teacher with the Dayton Public
Schools. They reside in Dayton and have two sons, Jaren and Jalen.
State Board of Directors Since August 1,
Ex-Officio, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association
Athletic Administrator, Uniontown Lake High
1025 Lake Center Street, Uniontown 44685
B: 330-877-4288; Fax: 330-877-4747; Email:
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
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
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
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).
State Board of Directors Since January
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:
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