IHSA Announces 2018-19 Officials of the Year


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IHSA Announces 2018-19 Officials of the Year

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2018-19 Officials of the Year in 22 IHSA sports. To be considered for this honor, an official must first be nominated by an Officials Association recognized by the IHSA. IHSA staff members then vote on the winners based on factors such as character, skill as an official, and levels worked in the IHSA State Series. This year’s winners will be recognized at a banquet during the 2019 IHSA Officials Conference, which will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.

"Congratulations to all the individuals recognized as IHSA Officials of the Year, and a sincere thank you for giving back to the sports you love," said IHSA Assistant Executive Director and Officials Department administrator Sam Knox. "We are grateful for the efforts of all IHSA officials who commit their time and talents to our schools and our students. We are especially proud to honor these 22 officials who continually go above and beyond in their efforts to improve personally as officials, mentor their peers, and advocate for the officiating community at large."

Official of the Year
Boys Soccer
Joseph Heyden Collinsville
Girls Soccer
Gene Matlock St. Louis, MO
Football Robert Smith Centralia
Boys Basketball
Marc Parker Collinsville
Girls Basketball
Ronald Ritter Westchester
Boys Lacrosse David Krok Grayslake
Girls Lacrosse Margaret Carlson Geneva
Baseball William Mushrush St. Charles
Softball Jay Miller Centralia
Girls Volleyball
Crete LeFevre Mt. Morris
Boys Volleyball
Krystian Krzyzak Arlington Heights
Boys Swimming & Diving
Thomas Strunk Evanston
Girls Swimming & Diving
Wendy Wozniak Darien
Water Polo
Matthias Casey Chicago
Cross Country
Richard Miller Naperville
Boys Track & Field
William Drennan Schaumburg
Girls Track & Field
Jay Marshall Richmond
Wrestling Nathaniel Kessen Sugar Grove
Boys Gymnastics
Lora Boehne Kalka Pingree Grove
Girls Gymnastics
Robin Straus Deerfield
Competitive Cheer
Cindy Rueter Columbia
Competitive Dance
Courtney Vanderheiden Louisville, KY

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