Struckhoff Announces Resignation From NFHS Staff
INDIANAPOLIS — Mary Struckhoff, assistant director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for the past 12 years, will leave the NFHS staff, effective September 30, to pursue other interests in athletics and officiating.
Struckhoff, who has directed the NFHS Officials Association and served as rules editor for the sports of basketball and softball, will be working as a consultant in her areas of expertise, particularly officiating. Since January 2006 she also has served as national coordinator of women’s basketball officiating for the NCAA.
Membership benefits in the NFHS Officials Association have expanded under her leadership, especially exclusive online educational content such as searchable NFHS rules and case books plus video and animation of NFHS rules and mechanics. She was instrumental in starting the NFHS Officiating Central Hub in association with ArbiterSports. The first online course for officials will be available during the 2011-12 school year.
Struckhoff has guided NFHS rules committees in basketball and softball and has become the nationally recognized expert in those sports. She annually serves as editor of five NFHS basketball rules publications and two softball rules publications.
Prior to joining the NFHS staff in 1999, Struckhoff was assistant executive director of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) for three years. She was a teacher, coach and athletic director at the high school and college levels for 12 years before joining the IHSA.
Before assuming her position with the NCAA, Struckhoff was an accomplished basketball official.
A native of St. Louis, she earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1982 from Benedictine (Kansas) College and a master’s degree in athletic administration in 1991 from Western Illinois University.