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New NFHS Officers, Board Members Elected for 2022-23



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 18, 2022) — Sally Marquez, executive director of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), is the new president of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for 2022-23. Marquez, the 63rd president of the NFHS, began her one-year term July 2 following the NFHS Summer Meeting, which was held this year in San Antonio, Texas.

Tom Keating, executive director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), was elected by the NFHS Board of Directors to the position of president-elect for the upcoming year.     

The following individuals were approved by the NFHS National Council for four-year terms on the NFHS Board of Directors: Eddie Bonine, executive director, Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), Section 3; Ron Nocetti, executive director, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), Section 7; and Tommy Cox, principal, Kapaa (Hawaii) High School, at large, Sections 3 and 7.  

In addition, Amanda Kaus, director of bands at Century High School in Rochester, Minnesota, has been selected to fill the unexpired Sections 5-8 at-large term vacated by Lisa Quednow, who joined the staff of the Minnesota State High School League. Kaus’ term will expire in 2025.

Sally Marquez has served as executive director of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) since September 2012. She began her career at the NMAA in 2004 as associate director and was promoted to assistant executive director in July 2011. In addition to the day-to-day operations of the NMAA, Marquez handles basketball, spirit, classifications, and speech and debate.

Prior to joining the NMAA, Marquez held a variety of positions in New Mexico, Virginia and Texas, including mathematics teacher, dean of students, assistant principal and director of personnel. Among her coaching positions, Marquez coached girls and boys basketball, track and field, and soccer. Marquez is in her 39th year of education.
           
A graduate of Albuquerque (New Mexico) Manzano High School, where she was a three-sport athlete (volleyball, basketball, track and field), Marquez earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and her master’s degree from Virginia Tech University. She was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team at the University of New Mexico. She was inducted into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
           
In additional to her service on the NFHS Board of Directors, Marquez has been a member of several other NFHS committees, including the Equity Committee, Volleyball Rules Committee, Basketball Rules Committees, Strategic Planning Committee and the NFHS Foundation Board of Directors.
           
Nationally, Marquez is one of six females serving as directors of a state high school association, including Que Tucker of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, Colleen Maguire of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, Donna Polk of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association, Stephanie Hauser of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and Jennifer Rukstad of the Missouri State High School Activities Association.  Ihg

Tom Keating joined the IHSAA staff as executive director July 1, 2019, after 15 years at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was president of Xavier High during the 2018-19 school year after 14 years as the school’s principal. He served 24 years at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, Iowa, prior to arriving at Xavier in 2004.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Keating began his career as a teacher and coach at Maxwell High School in 1977 before starting an award-winning run as a teacher, coach and activities director at Wahlert in 1980. Keating led Wahlert to 11 state volleyball championships, and he was named NFHS National Coach of the Year for volleyball in 2003.

Keating served on the IHSAA’s Board of Control from 2008 to 2018 and was chairperson in 2014-15. In 2010, he was named the National Catholic Educational Association’s Educator of the Year. He was a 2003 inductee in the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame, and he has been an adjunct instructor and authored five graduate-level courses for Drake University.

Eddie Bonine has been executive director of the LHSAA since 2015 after eight years as executive director of the Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association (NIAA). Prior to joining the NIAA in 2007, Bonine was a principal, athletic director and coach for 15 years in Arizona and Nevada, and he was senior director of student services for the Washoe County (Nevada) Public Schools. Bonine’s coaching experience includes five years as a football, baseball and softball coach.

During his time in the Washoe County Public Schools, Bonine served on the NIAA Board of Control, including a term as vice-president. A graduate of Grand Canyon University in Arizona, with a master’s from the University of Phoenix, Bonine has served on numerous advisory boards and was selected Nevada Principal of the Year in 1997.

This will be Bonine’s second stint on the NFHS Board of Directors. He served one year (2014-15) of a four-year term while head of the NIAA before he was chosen for the LHSAA executive director position. Bonine has also served on the NFHS Strategic Planning Committee and the NFHS/NIAAA Athletic Directors Advisory Committee.

Ron Nocetti was named the CIF’s ninth executive director in 2019. Before succeeding Roger Blake as the leader of the CIF, he had been the CIF’s associate executive director since 2012. Nocetti, who heads the CIF’s 10 sections and more than 1,600 member schools, has been involved in education since 1991 as a teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator. In 2008, he was hired as the CIF director of championship events, promoted to senior director shortly thereafter before becoming the associate executive director.

As associate executive director, Nocetti was responsible for advisory committee membership, budget/finances, contracts, equity, legislation, the participation census, the Pursuing Victory with Honor program, sports medicine, as well as administering the sports of baseball, football and golf.

Nocetti received his bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in sport management and a doctorate in educational leadership – all from the University of San Francisco.

Tommy Cox has been principal of Kapaa High School in Hawaii since 2019 after serving as the school’s vice-principal for three years and a fifth-grade teacher in Kapaa Elementary School for six years. Cox began his career in education as a middle school teacher at Kapaa Middle School for four years and a teacher at Kauai High School for one year.

In addition to his teaching and administrative positions, Cox was a football coach at Kauai High School for six years, including the final two years as head varsity football coach. His 2013 football team was Kauai Interscholastic Federation (KIF) champion and Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) Division 2 state runner-up.  He was selected Division 2 Hawaii State Coach of the Year in 2013.

A 2001 graduate of Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, Cox later earned a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Phoenix and another master’s in educational leadership from Chaminade University, where he was the recipient of the Kathy Kawaguchi Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership.

Cox is currently president of both the HHSAA and the KIF.

Since 2012, Amanda Kaus has served as director of bands at Century High School, where she leads three concert bands, the Century Marching Panther Band, pep band and jazz band; serves as chair of the Music Department; and directs the pit for Century’s Winter Musical. The Century Symphonic Winds group has performed at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic and the University of Northern Iowa Invitational Wind Band Clinic.   

Kaus holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a master’s in music education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to her position at Century High School, she taught at Willow Creek and Kellogg Middle Schools in Rochester for 10 years.

Kaus currently serves on the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Board of Directors and the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) Board. She is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association and the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA). Kaus has previously served as the MMEA Band vice-president, the MBDA Southeast Region president, and as a horn section coach for both regional honor bands and MMEA All-State Bands. 


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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.

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