Knapp ready for first OHSAA board meeting

August 7, 2013

Chris Slone

PDT Sports Editor

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Superintendent of Wheelersburg Local Schools, Mark Knapp, will serve as president of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors for the 2013-14 school year following a vote by the 2012-2013 board and Thursday will mark his first board meeting as president.

Knapp is in his second year of a two-year term on the board. Knapp said the meeting will be mostly about the nuts and bolts of the board’s operation.

“(The meeting will be about) organizational matters for the new board,” Knapp said in an interview with the Daily Times. “There will be business revolving around the upcoming tournament season, approval of sites and regulations, and tournament draw dates”

Knapp was first elected to the Southeast District Athletic Board in May 2006. He serves as co-chair of the Southeast District’s Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Committee and has recently served on an OHSAA committee for Division I football. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.

“I am not going into the presidency with any agenda of my own,” Knapp said. “I will continue to work with all of the members and work with the OHSAA to continue the good relationships.”

Although Knapp didn’t hold aspirations of becoming president, he appreciated the support from his peers.

“I was honored and flattered the board felt confident enough to ask me to be president,” Knapp said.

The OHSAA is the governing body of high school and junior high sports in Ohio. It is a voluntary, non-profit organization that governs 821 high schools and 778 middle schools, which includes more than 350,000 student-athletes.

Mark is a 1979 graduate of Green High School in Franklin Furnace. He holds bachelor’s degrees from The Ohio State University (1983) and Ohio University (1989) and earned a master’s degree in education from Ohio University (1995). He has since completed additional graduate courses in educational leadership from Ashland University and Ohio University.

Mark has served two districts in Ohio during his 20 years in education. He began his career in the Washington-Nile Local School District in 1993 as a high school mathematics teacher. In addition to his teaching assignment, Mark coached boys freshman and junior varsity basketball at Portsmouth West High School. He also served as West’s athletic director for five years and was assistant high school principal for one year before moving to the Wheelersburg Local School District in 2001.

An employee of the Wheelersburg Local School District for 12 years, he served for a brief period as assistant high school principal/athletic director before being appointed high school principal in August 2001. Mark has served as superintendent of Wheelersburg Schools since August 2005.

Mark resides in Wheelersburg with his, wife Mary Beth, and daughters Katie and Molly.

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