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Doug Ute
Executive Director Since September 8, 2020
Doug Ute was announced as the Executive Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association on September 8, 2020. Ute, a former coach, teacher, athletic administrator, principal and superintendent, is the OHSAA’s 11th leader in its 113-year history.
 
Ute takes over at the OHSAA post after spending the last 20 years as a school superintendent, including nine years at Marion Elgin Local Schools and the last 11 years at Newark City Schools. 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.
 
In the spring of 2020, Ute announced he was stepping down from his post at Newark to become Deputy Director of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), which is the state’s superintendent’s association. Instead of serving Ohio schools at BASA, he will do so from the OHSAA.
 
“I have always thought like a former coach and athletic director, and the OHSAA is where I want to be,” said Ute. “I am humbled to be selected by the Board of Directors for this position and join a great team at the OHSAA office. We are all aware of the uncertainties that are before us due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but I know that together we can and will be stronger together. My focus has always been on helping students become better people, and athletics are such an important part in that. That is true now more than ever. I can’t wait to get started and help lead our member schools.”
 
At Newark, 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. While at Newark, a district of 6,500 students, 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.
 
“We are excited to have someone lead our organization with Doug's experience, both in working with student-athletes and with his experience in the workings of the OHSAA,” said Jeff Cassella, President of the OHSAA Board of Directors and Athletic Director at Mentor High School. “The Board of Directors is confident that Doug's leadership style and experience is a great fit to lead the OHSAA through this unique year.”
 
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. He served on the OHSAA’s Central District Athletic Board in 2008-09 and has been the Central District’s secretary since the 2011-12 school year.
 
Ute was a standout student-athlete at Clear Fork High School, graduating in 1980, and played basketball at Ashland University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing. He 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, have four children and eight grandchildren.
 
Dr. Kimberlee Kiehl
Chief Operating Officer Since October 13, 2020
Kiehl came to the OHSAA after years as an accomplished non-profit leader and former educator, including stops at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and Ohio History Connection, both in Columbus, and she was as a tenured faculty member at The Ohio State University for 10 years. 
 
In this key leadership role at the OHSAA, Dr. Kiehl will collaborate with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to refine and implement the OHSAA’s recently adopted strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff and priorities are aligned with the Association’s core mission. She will have oversight of policy making and maintaining organizational effectiveness as the OHSAA reorganizes its operating structure. 
 
Dr. Kiehl grew up in Corning, N.Y., and was selected after a thorough national search process. 
 
While she was the Director of the Museum of Ohio Project at the Ohio History Connection, Dr. Kiehl created the popular “Ohio – Champion of Sports” exhibit. She was a tenured faculty member at The Ohio State University for nearly a decade. 
 
Early Enrichment Center, where she led all operations of three early childhood schools located in the Smithsonian museums in the Washington, DC area. She also served two stints with the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, most recently as Senior Vice President of Experience and Operations, where she had oversight of the daily operations of the building, exhibits, education programs, research and evaluation, diversity and inclusion and various other projects, both in the COSI building and across Ohio communities. 
 
Dr. Kiehl earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University. She has two adult children, both of whom were high school athletes in Ohio, and three 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.
 
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 Communications and his staff; assist in the areas of media and public relations, publications, marketing and promotions and budget planning, 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.
 
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 middle school teacher with the Worthington City Schools, have two sons, Sam (21), a college student, and Max (14), a high school freshman. They reside in Powell. Bob has been a youth coach for his sons’ sports teams and has served on the Olentangy Local School District’s Communications Committee.
 
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, and he is the Association’s administrator for the sports of football and wrestling.
 
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 25 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 (28) and a son Sam (25).
 
Laura Vermilya
Controller
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 Indians. 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 Indians.
 
Charles Anderson
Manager of Officiating
Anderson was with the Ohio State University Department of Recreational Sports since 2008. He helped manage one of the largest college recreational and club sports programs in the country that includes more than 40 intramural sports and 59 club sports, with more than 22,000 participants. Prior to OSU, Anderson 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 1999 graduate of Ohio University and received a master’s degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He is a graduate of Massillon Perry High School where lettered in basketball and track & field, helping Perry to its first Federal League track & field conference championship.
 

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.
 
Tyler Brooks
Senior Manager of Officiating & Sport Administration
Tyler joined the OHSAA in March 2014 while completing his master’s degree in sport management from The Ohio State University. Joining the staff as a Program Coordinator within the officiating department, Tyler’s duties grew to include the administration of the sport of wrestling and was promoted to a Director of Officiating & Sport Management in August 2018.  Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, Tyler will begin administering the sports of boys and girls golf, as well as boys and girls lacrosse while serving the OHSAA as Senior Manager of Officiating and Sport Administration.
 
A 2007 graduate of Fort Frye High School in Beverly, Ohio, he is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University (2010 Bachelor of Science - Sport & Leisure Studies, and 2014 Master of Arts - Sport Management). Tyler is a licensed basketball and football official and lives in Galena with his wife, Gina, and their daughter.
 
Molly Downard
Executive Assistant
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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
 
 Maurice Jenkins
 Staff Accountant
 

 Maurice is a diversified accounting/finance professional with over 10 years of experience in financial reporting,   financial analysis and tax reporting. He is a prior diversified information technology professional with over 10 years   of experience in network administration and desktop support.

 He has a technology background and received his Masters in Business Administration with concentration in Finance from the New York Institute of Technology at Ellis College. He also has a B.S degree in Computer and Information Science at Albany State University in Georgia

Maurice served for 5 years as a Financial Management Analyst for the Department of Defense (DoD) at Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS-Columbus and DFAS Indianapolis)

He currently serves as the Fiscal Officer and Treasurer of the Southwest Area Commission (SWAC) for Grove City

John Kuzio
Sports Administrator
Kuzio returns to Central Ohio after seven years at the NCAA office in Indianapolis where he was Assistant Director of Championships and Alliances, Operations. Most recently he served as the national championship manager for Division II men’s and women’s swimming and diving, Division III women’s volleyball and Division III women’s softball. Prior to that, Kuzio was the Division III men’s golf national championships manager for four years. After graduating from Ashland University in 2011, he earned a master’s degree from Belmont University in Nashville and then completed an internship at the Ohio Valley Conference. He is a 2007 graduate of Marion Pleasant High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society and helped lead Pleasant to the 2006 OHSAA Division III baseball state championship.
 
Angie Lawler
Officiating Technology Specialist
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Arbiter Sports - Use of Officials/Assigners; Officials Database Maintenance; Mailing Labels & Lists; Football Computer Rating System; Officials Support; State Interpretation Meeting Attendance FT; Tournament Official Assigners
 
 
 
 
 
Emily Mason
Senior Sports Administrator
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Sport Administrator for Baseball, Bowling, Field Hockey and 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.
 
Kristin Ronai
Director of Compliance
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Student Eligibility; Appeals Panel; Competitive Balance; Administrative Support for Gymnastics
 
Kristin was named the Director of Compliance at the Ohio High School Athletic Association in January 2019 and has held a variety of positions since joining the organization in August 2011. 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 graduated from Warsaw River View High School, where her teams won two girls basketball D2 state titles, then went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the University of Dayton. She also played on the women’s basketball team for the Flyers and served as a three-time captain. She was 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. The couple has three children, Kyler (6), Kamryn (3), and Kolton (1).
 
 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 26   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 daughters, Caroline (26) and Emily (21), and reside in Bexley.
Ron Sayers
Compliance & Eligibility Specialist
Ronald joined the OHSAA as a full time staff member in July 2019 as the assistant director of membership services. Since January 2021, he has served as the compliance & eligibility specialist for the Association. Prior to coming on full time, Ronald served as an intern during the 2017-2018 school year with the compliance department when he served as the interim assistant director of compliance from October to February. 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 New Albany with his partner 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 (11) and Graham (9). Tim is a licensed OHSAA basketball official and also enjoys running, hunting and fishing and following the Cincinnati Reds.
 
Chris Walker
Production and Facilities Coordinator
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.
 
Jacki Windon
Director of External Affairs
Jacki is in her seventh year at the OHSAA and oversees tournament ticketing operations, licensing and branding and assists with corporate partnerships and television rights.
 
Jacki grew up in Mogadore, Ohio, and attended Akron Archbishop Hoban High School, where she was a first-team All-Ohio selection in basketball. She went on to play basketball and earn a degree in business administration from Gannon University. She is in the Hall of Fame at both Hoban and Gannon and went on to earn a master’s degree in sports education from Ashland University.
 
Jacki spent three years in high school administration and coaching and six years in college athletics. She is a licensed high school and college basketball official and is a broadcast color analyst for the OHSAA basketball state tournament and Division I college basketball for Spectrum, Fox and ESPN.
Brendan Hall
Media Relations and Communications Assistant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bryn Mangold
Media Relations and Communications Assistant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zachary Taylor
Media Relations and Communications Assistant
 
 
 
 
 
 
Claire Duesdicker Keohane
Officiating Assistant 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rose Dirocco
TPG Assistant