INDIANAPOLIS – The IHSAA Executive Committee approved two personnel moves, announcing Sandra Walter and Chris Kaufman as assistant commissioners. Kaufman is a Kokomo native and a 1984 Northwestern High School graduate.
Walter, athletic director at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, will be new to the IHSAA staff while Kaufman was promoted to his new position having served as communications director since joining the IHSAA in 2006. The sports each staff member will administer will be announced at a later time and both appointments are effective June 4.
Kaufman has overseen the IHSAA’s marketing efforts with corporate partners, served as an Association spokesperson, helped form the IHSAA Champions Television Network and provided support at all state championship events among other responsibilities. Previously, the 45-year old had worked 16 years at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis as its director of marketing and communications.
“Chris has demonstrated excellence in his role at the IHSAA and has earned an opportunity to expand his leadership capabilities in the administration of four of our sports and other Association initiatives,” said IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox. “This change of responsibility for Chris now allows the Association to embark on new areas of pursuit which will continue to forward the mission of the organization. I am equally pleased for Chris and the Association at this development and I look forward to the accomplishment of several organizational goals.”
Kaufman graduated in 1990 from the University of Indianapolis, earning a degree in business administration while playing for the Greyhounds football and baseball teams on scholarship. He competed as a place-kicker and punter for the Greyhounds, earning All-Conference and pre-season All-American honors. While at Northwestern, he earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball.
“I thank the executive committee and the commissioner for the opportunity as well as the responsibility they have entrusted with me,” commented Kaufman. “I look forward to the challenges I’ll face and furthering the goals of the IHSAA.”
Kaufman and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Mary Katherine (Katie), and Blake. Stephanie is a graduate of Warren Central High School and was a member of the school’s 1984 state runner-up basketball team. She was named an Indiana All-Star and played collegiately at the University of Indianapolis.
Sandra Walter joins IHSAA staff
Walter, 42, was one of four finalists interviewed to fill the vacancy left by Assistant Commissioner Theresia Wynns who is leaving the IHSAA staff to join the National Federation of State High School Associations as Director of Sports and Officials Education.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Sandra Walter to the IHSAA Executive Staff,” said Cox. “Her experience as a leader in the field of athletic administration in our state will prove invaluable as we move forward in our efforts to promote the ideals of education‐based athletics for Hoosier students. Our organization is most fortunate to add Sandra to a talented and passionate staff already in place at the Association office.”
Walter has spent 12 years at Lawrence Central, the last 10 as athletic director and two years as assistant athletic director. Prior to that she was the women’s sports director at Hamilton Southeastern (1999-00), athletic director at Knightstown (1998-99) and began her career at Rushville (1992-98) as a mathematics teacher. She added responsibilities as assistant athletic director (1993-98) and also coached the women’s varsity track and field team (1995-98).
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to join the IHSAA as an assistant commissioner,” said Walter. “I have a great deal of respect for the staff, assistant commissioners, and Bobby Cox. I believe in high school athletics and the opportunities they provide for our young people.
(Courtesy of the IHSAA)