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Doug Ute
Executive Director Since September 8, 2020
Doug Ute, a former coach, teacher, athletic administrator, principal and superintendent who spent 35 years in Ohio’s schools, was named the Executive Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association on September 8, 2020. He is the OHSAA’s 11th leader in its 117-year history.
Highlights of Ute’s tenure at the Association include added participation opportunities for student-athletes, streamlined technology solutions for school administrators and officials, enhanced mental health training for coaches, increased financial support for schools and an emphasis on sportsmanship across the high school athletics landscape.
Ute led the OHSAA’s adoption of girls wrestling and boys volleyball as sanctioned sports beginning with the 2022-23 school year and the Association’s support for a pair of non-sanctioned partner sports in spirit and esports. In addressing the statewide shortage of sports officials, Ute has developed an OHSAA partnership with RefReps to move the classroom curriculum for new officials to a more convenient online platform. In a partnership with The Ohio State University’s LiFEsports/Coach Beyond program, Ute has emphasized training Ohio’s interscholastic coaches on the importance of being able to address their athletes’ mental health concerns. Technology updates include electronic ticketing for OHSAA tournament events and new tools for member school administrators that connect them with contest assigners and officials and in a single platform. In addition, sportsmanship among fans, competing teams and toward officials continues to be one of Ute’s priorities, with an expanded OHSAA-sponsored sportsmanship initiative set to be unveiled during the 2023-24 school year.
Financial policies put in place under Ute have seen the Association establish an appropriate rainy day fund for non-profit organizations while also distributing over $1 million to high schools through a new Athletic Enrichment Fund, paying over $1 million in travel stipends to schools participating in regional and state team tournaments and distributing nearly $175,000 in scholarships to outstanding senior scholar-athletes.
Along with his duties as executive director, Ute serves as the OHSAA’s sport administrator for girls and boys basketball, directly overseeing the coordination of the regional and state tournaments in those sports.
Ute joined the OHSAA near the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and guided the organization through the ever-changing pandemic environment. Under his leadership, the OHSAA was able to navigate financial, attendance and facility availability restrictions in order to complete all of its state tournament events during the 2020-21 school year.
Ute was a school superintendent for 20 years—nine years at Marion Elgin Local Schools and 11 years at Newark City Schools—prior to assuming his post at the OHSAA. He also coached and taught at Noble Local Schools in eastern Ohio and Buckeye Central High School, which is near his hometown of Bellville in north central Ohio.
At Newark, a district of 6,500 students, Ute helped create the Social, Emotional and Academic Success (SEAS) program that includes counselors, teachers and staff to discuss ways to help students succeed in life. He expanded the free lunch program, made free breakfast available to all students, and put a strong emphasis on student and family social and emotional health. The school district responded with its highest-ever graduation rate and a renewed sense of pride in the city and school district. In 2019, the Youth Leadership Council of Licking County presented him the Ruth Satterfield Award for Prevention Excellence, given to an individual who actively supports youth development and advances youth prevention. 
Ute began his career in 1988 as a basketball coach and part-time business teacher at Noble Local Schools (Shenandoah High School) in Sarahsville in eastern Ohio. He then went to Buckeye Central in New Washington as a teacher and coach, while also serving as the athletic administrator. In 1996 he became the principal at Marion Elgin and then took over as superintendent in 2000 at Elgin, a district of 1,500 students. Ute became superintendent in Newark in 2009.
In early 2020, Ute was tabbed as Deputy Director of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) before assuming the OHSAA’s Executive Director role later that year.
An active member of BASA for over 20 years, Ute served as that association’s president during the 2019-20 school year. He served on the OHSAA’s Central District Athletic Board in 2008-09 and was the Central District’s secretary from the 2011-12 school year until taking the lead role at the OHSAA in 2020.
Ute was a standout student-athlete at Clear Fork High School, graduating in 1980, and played basketball at Ashland University, where he led the team in assists all four years and left as the school’s career assists leader (he currently ranks second with 687, an average of 6.36 per game). He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing and would later return to Ashland to earn a master’s degree in school administration, a graduate teaching degree in business, a principal’s license and a superintendent’s license.
Ute and his wife, Kory, a retired school nurse from Marion Elgin High School and currently the head girls volleyball coach at Marion Pleasant High School, have four children and eight grandchildren.
Bob Goldring
Director of Communications and Special Projects since February 18, 2021
Director of Operations from August 7, 2008 to February 17, 2021
Assistant Commissioner from June 9, 2005 to August 6, 2008
Director of Information Services from October 2, 1995 to June 8, 2005

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Bob joined the Ohio High School Athletic Association in the fall of 1995 as Director of Information Services. He was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in June 2005 and served in that role until August 2008. During those 13 years, he was responsible for media and public relations; publications, and had oversight of the media at state tournaments and of the office webmaster. 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.
Bob was promoted to Associate Commissioner for Operations prior to the 2008-09 school year in which, among other duties, his main assignment was to serve as the office’s chief liaison with the membership and staff in the absence of the Commissioner. Before the 2020-21 school year, Bob’s title changed to Director of Communications and Special Projects. In that role, some of his main duties are to plan and compile information for Board of Directors meetings; write public address announcements and create timing itineraries for OHSAA state tournaments; produce ‘update’ newsletters for member school administrators; select locations and plan staff assignments for various OHSAA statewide meetings; nominate and secure individuals for special national and OHSAA awards; work with the OHSAA student eligibility appeals process, and oversee special projects. He has been involved in several OHSAA committees, including Media Advisory; Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity; Competitive Balance; Expanding Opportunities; District Athletic Board Review; Division I Football Tournament; Cross Country Tournament, and Association Outreach. Bob served as the OHSAA’s acting commissioner for a three-month period that ended in June 2016 and was the Association’s interim executive director in the summer of 2020 when the OHSAA developed policies and procedures for school competition during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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, a retired middle school teacher, have two sons, Sam (28), and Max (21), a college senior. They reside in Powell. Bob previously served as a youth coach for his sons’ sports teams and served on the Olentangy Local School District’s Communications Committee.
John Kronour
Director of Sports Management since April 2, 2024

John Kronour, Ph.D. brings 39 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, basketball official and member of the OHSAA’s Southwest District Athletic Board.

Kronour has served as the superintendent of Northeastern Local School District in Springfield since 2015. Prior to leading the Northeastern Local School District in 2015, Kronour served as the superintendent of Tipp City Schools from 2007-2015. Kronour was an administrator at Oakwood City Schools from 1997-2006. He got his start in education at Brookville Local Schools, where he served as a teacher, athletic director and principal from 1986-1997. 

In addition to officiating basketball state tournament games, Kronour served a rotation on the OHSAA Board of Directors in 2018 and 2019, including a term as Vice President.

Kronour holds a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in Social Studies Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, where he also completed his postdoctoral studies and continues to serve as an adjunct professor.

Kronour and his wife, Karen, live in the Northeastern School District with their family. 



Beau Rugg
Director of Officiating and Sports Management since August 1, 2017
Assistant Commissioner from from February 14, 2013 to July 31, 2017 
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Beau joined the Ohio High School Athletic Association in the fall of 2012 as Interim Assistant Commissioner and was hired as Assistant Commissioner in February 2013. He oversees the OHSAA’s officiating program, which includes working with the 17,000-plus registered officials, working with each sport’s Director of Officials Development and overseeing and working with state and local rules interpreters, officiating instructors, officials assigners and local officials associations and secretaries. He oversees the Sport Administration staff and he is the Association’s administrator for the sport of football.
Beau’s previous full-time work was with The Ohio State University’s (OSU) 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 22 years; the head runner for the OHSAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament for 25 years, and a member of the scoring and timing staff at the OHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament for 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 over 30 years.
A native of Newark, Ohio, Beau graduated from Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts. He holds two degrees from Ohio State, 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 and his wife, Morena, reside in Upper Arlington. They have a daughter Meredith (35; spouse Ben), son Sam (31; spouse Sunny) and grandson Shephard (1.5).
Kristin Ronai
Director of Compliance & Legislative Affairs
Kristin joined the OHSAA in August 2011 and held a variety of titles before being named the Director of Compliance in January 2019. She is currently responsible for oversight of all student eligibility issues and also serves as the liaison for legislative affairs. Other primary responsibilities include responding to concerns/questions of administrators regarding eligibility guidelines and bylaw interpretations, co-chairing the Competitive Balance Committee, providing testimony and explanations for the OHSAA Appeals Panel and legal cases, and collecting EMIS data for divisional alignment purposes.
Kristin (Daugherty) graduated from Warsaw River View High School, where her teams won two girls basketball D2 state titles and she was named the OHSBCA’s “Miss Basketball” award winner her junior and senior seasons. She then went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the University of Dayton. While at UD, Kristin played on the women’s basketball team for the Flyers and was a four-time All-Conference honoree and served as a three-time captain. She was also the Atlantic-10 Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year in 2011 and an inductee into the University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame in January 2020. Kristin resides in Mount Vernon with her husband, Jared, who is the head men’s basketball coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU). The couple has three children, Kyler (8), Kamryn (5), and Kolton (2), who are frequently seen running around MVNU’s Ariel Arena.  
Laura Vermilya
Laura Vermilya joined OHSAA as Controller on January 4, 2021. Laura is a Certified Public Accountant and brings an extensive background in accounting, non-profit leadership, and athletics to this role.  
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer,  Laura is responsible for overseeing and directing all day-to-day finance, accounting and reporting activities. She is involved in presentations to the Board finance and audit committees and works closely with the senior leadership team. 
In her 30 years of professional experience, Laura has worked in all aspects of the accounting functions for a variety of different organizations. Her roles have included serving as Senior Auditor with Ernst & Young, Director of Finance for The American Ceramic Society and Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, and in Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis positions for Limited Brands, Things Remembered, and Alliance Data.
An Ashland native, Laura earned four varsity letters in softball and was selected to the First Team All-State in softball in 1986 - the first year the OHSAA selected all-state players for girls fast pitch softball. Laura held records for most runs and most home runs. She attended Baldwin-Wallace College and earned three varsity letters and All-American honors in softball and earned two varsity letters in soccer. While in college, Laura served as a ball girl for the Cleveland Guardians. Laura was inducted into the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Laura resides in Worthington with her partner, Holly, and their two dogs. In her free time, Laura enjoys cycling, pickleball, book club and rooting on the Cleveland Browns and Guardians.
Charles Anderson
Manager of Officiating

Charles Anderson joined the OHSAA in April of 2021. Prior to joining the OHSAA he was with the Ohio State University Department of Recreational Sports for 13 years. He helped manage one of the largest college intramural and club sports programs in the country that includes more than 40 intramural sports and 59 club sports, with more than 22,000 participants.

Anderson also worked for Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the University of Illinois and the University of Nebraska. He is a member of the OSU football and basketball game day operations staff and is an OHSAA certified officials instructor for football and basketball.

He is a proud graduate of Ohio University and received a master’s degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Charles attended Massillon Perry High School where he lettered in basketball and track & field. He and his wife, Tracy, reside in Reynoldsburg with their son and dog.

Kate Barnett
Sport Administrator 
Barnett joins the OHSAA after 10 years in collegiate athletics administration, including the Ohio Valley Conference office in Nashville as Assistant Commissioner for Championships and Compliance since 2016, and the Southern Conference in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as Director of Championships from 2014-16.
Prior to those two positions, she was a graduate assistant at Belmont University and had internships with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
Barnett was a three-year letter winner in volleyball and a four-year letter winner in softball at Cortland Lakeview High School in Northeast Ohio, where she was also a member of the National Honor Society and a Buckeye Girls State delegate. She is a 2009 graduate of Bluffton University where she played volleyball and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Monroe Britton
Sport Administrator

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Britton currently serves as the sport aministrator for the sports of golf, ice hockey and softball, a role he has filled since May 2023. He originally joined the OHSAA as a Sport Administration and Officiating Assistant in October 2022.
Britton is a 2022 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sport management. He is a native of Prospect, Ohio and played golf, basketball and baseball at Ridgedale High School. 


Molly Downard
Executive Assistant

Assistant to the Executive Director - Board of Directors & District Athletic Boards Liaison; Board Elections; Basketball State Tournament Ticketing; Referendum Voting; Agenda for Board of Directors Meetings; International Exchange Student Forms; OHSAA Foundation; Regional Update Meetings; Athletic Discussion Meetings; Sanctioning; Publication Sales
Molly has been with the OHSAA since July of 1991. She has been the Executive Assistant to Commissioner/Executive Directors Clair Muscaro, Dr. Dan Ross, Jerry Snodgrass, and currently Doug Ute.
She is a life-long central Ohio resident and a 1977 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling High School where she was a cheerleader, played softball, was in theatre, choir and ensemble. Prior to coming to the OHSAA she worked at the Columbus Dispatch and the Ohio Department of Health. Molly resides in Delaware with her dog, Cookie, and enjoys travel, her family, entertaining, and decorating her home for fall and Christmas
Alexis Holderman
Membership & Compliance Administrative Assistant

Alexis joined the OHSAA as a full time staff member in October of 2021 as the membership and compliance administrative assistant. Prior to coming on full time, Alexis served as an intern during the 2017-2018 and 2018-19 school years with the membership services department and communication department.

Alexis graduated from Dublin Jerome High School in 2014, where she swam and ran track. She then went on to earn a bachelor's degree in communications at The Ohio State University. Alexis currently resides in Dublin with her two fur babies.

Susan Javery
Senior Accountant
Susan Javery joined the OHSAA in January 2022 as Senior Accountant and is a Certified Public Accountant.  She has over 35 years’ experience in all phases of accounting which includes non and for-profit organizations.
Reporting to the Controller, Susan is responsible for handling cash receipts, accounts receivable invoicing, reconciliation of corporate credit card activities and balance sheet accounts.  She has extensive experience in making sure that accounting internal controls are being followed.  Her experience includes being the accounting contact person for auditors.
Susan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. She resides in Westerville with her husband, Neil and their two cats.  They have three grown children, Joshua (30) and his wife Rebecca (26) who are serving in the US Army at Ft. Hood in Killeen, TX.  Willow (26) lives in Chicago, IL and Shawn (24) is finishing his degree at Miami University in Oxford, OH.
Susan enjoys traveling to India and lived in Costa Rica during her Senior year of college.  She enjoys cooking for large groups which included New Albany High School drama department.
Keaton Jones
Manager of Officiating Technology

Keaton joined the OHSAA in August of 2022 as an assistant of the officiating department. In 2022, he graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in Sport Industry, and is currently enrolled in a Masters program for Sport Administration through the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining the OHSAA, Keaton worked at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as a student assistant.

Keaton is a native of central Ohio, graduating from Newark High School where he played basketball. Keaton currently lives in Dublin, where he can be seen cheering on the Buckeyes and Steelers on the weekends.



Emily Mason
Senior Sports Administrator
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Sport Administrator for Baseball, Bowling, Field Hockey and Girls & Boys Volleyball
Emily joined the OHSAA in June of 2014, when she began working with the Sport Management Department as a Program Coordinator. Since 2014, she has worked with a multitude of sports at the OHSAA and has served as an Assistant Director of Sport Management, Director of Sport Management and now a Senior Sport Administrator. In addition to her duties in the Sport Management Department, Emily began serving as the staff liaison to the Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine in 2021.
Emily is a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she played basketball and volleyball in high school. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, she received her bachelor’s degree in May of 2012 in Recreation & Sport Management with a minor in General Business. In August of 2012, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend graduate school at The Ohio State University, from which she earned her master’s degree in Sport Management in May of 2014. Emily is an avid fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Boston Red Sox.
Ronald Sayers
Manager of Membership & Compliance
Ronald joined the OHSAA as a full time staff member in July 2019 as the assistant director of membership services. In January 2021, he joined the compliance department and currently serves as the manager of membership and compliance. Prior to coming on full time, Ronald served as an intern and the interim assistant director of compliance during the 2017-2018 school year. During the same 2017-2018 school year, he earned his master’s degree in sport management from The Ohio State University. Additionally, Ronald spent time with the OSU athletic department as an event management intern.
Before moving to Columbus for his graduate studies, Ronald graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 2013, going on to earn a bachelor's degree in economics at Youngstown State University. During his final two semesters at YSU, he worked with the Austintown Local School District as an athletic department intern and pitching coach for the Falcon baseball team. Ronald currently resides in Newark with his wife Janell, while spending time with his brother, Ryan, and nephew, Xavier.
Tim Stried
Director of Media Relations since September 9, 2008
Tim joined the Ohio High School Athletic Association as Director of Communications in the fall of 2008. He handles media relations and communications for the association; oversees media operations at state tournaments; plays a key role in the production of various publications, including state tournament souvenir programs, and has oversight of the OHSAA website and social media. 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 (13) and Graham (11). Tim is a licensed OHSAA basketball official and also enjoys running, hunting and fishing and following the Cincinnati Reds.
Brian Timm
General Manager, OHSAA Sports Properties
Brian Timm joined the Ohio High School Athletic Association as General Manager, OHSAA Sports Properties in August of 2021. He handles all sponsorship and partnership related sales, primarily encompassing the OHSAA’s 28 state championship events. Timm joined the OHSAA after a brief stint with m2 marketing.
From 2007 to 2020 he served as Director Corporate Partnerships at the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. Previously he sold Ohio State football and basketball on radio and television with The Ohio State Buckeyes Radio Sports Network and the Ohio State Coaches Shows. Timm’s first position out of graduate school in 1984 was Sales Representative with the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club.
He is a 1983 graduate of Wittenberg University where he played football as a freshman and served as the Tigers student manager in football and basketball. The 1982-83 basketball Tigers played in the NCAA DIII Final Four, losing the national championship game to Scranton. Upon graduation from Wittenberg Brian completed his Masters in Sports Administration at Ohio University. He is a proud graduate of Troy High School.
Brian and his wife Ann have two adult daughters, Caroline and Emily, and reside in Bexley.
Chris Walker
Production and Facilities Specialist
Chris joined the OHSAA in 2007 as production and building specialist. Before the move to the OHSAA, he was a health and physical education teacher, coach and assistant athletic director in the Pickerington Local School District for 30 years. He handles bulk mailings to schools & officials, shipping and receiving, production of select OHSAA programs, publications, & materials, maintains the state tournament DVD library and orders, and oversees all building maintenance.
Chris is a graduate of Delaware Hayes High School and Otterbein College. He and his wife Nancy have been married for 43 years and have three children and seven grandchildren.
Lizzy Wilson
Manager of Officiating Administration 
Lizzy Wilson joins the OHSAA as Manager of Officiating Administration in May 2023. Previously, she was the Assistant Athletic Director at Pickerington North and Lakeview Junior High from July 2021-May 2023. Prior to Pickerington, she spent 4 years in both interscholastic and intercollegiate compliance as Assistant Director of Compliance at Bowling Green State University from 2019-21, Compliance Coordinator at The Ohio State University from 2018-19, and Compliance Coordinator at the Ohio High School Athletic Association in early 2018.
Lizzy is a former Division I pitcher for the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration. During her time in Fort Wayne, she was an intern for the athletic department from 2015-17. Upon graduation, she served as the Assistant/Pitching coach for the Indiana Institute of Technology Warriors from 2017-18. Lizzy graduated from The Ohio State University with her Masters of Science in Sports Management in 2020.
An Indiana native, Lizzy was a four-time varsity letter winner in softball at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana. She currently resides in Alexandria, OH with her husband, Ross, and three children, Baker, Adeline, and Jimmy Lee. The Wilsons are avid Cleveland sports fans and theme park enthusiasts. In their spare time, they travel to Disney World, Cedar Point, and attend both Cleveland Browns/Guardians games.
Alie Hernandez
Media Relations and Communications Assistant
Bryn Mangold
Media Relations and Communications Assistant
Scott Rex
Media Relations and Communications Assistant
Zachary Taylor
Media Relations and Communications Assistant
Ryan Sauline
Media Relations and Communications Assistant