The 2021 IHSA Softball State Tournament is being played in memory of long-time IHSA umpire Chris Long.
Chris was an IHSA official in five sports (basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and football) for over 30 years. He umpired IHSA Softball for 38 seasons. Chris was Certified in baseball, softball, volleyball and football and a Recognized official in Basketball. He was assigned to work the IHSA Girls Softball State Finals five times. In addition, he served as the Umpire-in-Chief at the IHSA Softball State Finals on fifteen different occasions. Chris was an IHSA Softball Rules Interpreter, Head IHSA Clinician and has served three terms on the IHSA Officials Advisory Committee.
Chris was a school administrator in Effingham and Shelbyville before he began his 20-plus year tenure as Superintendent for Kansas Unit #3 Schools.
“I truly enjoy serving the IHSA in any capacity, whether it be as an official or on a committee of any sorts," said Chris in 2013.
Chris was a genuine advocate for high school students and the game of softball. After unexpectedly losing him on June 11, 2019, we are excited to honor his memory as the IHSA Softball State Finals return after a one-year pandemic hiatus. The umpires this weekend will recognize him with a special patch on their sleeves.