RESS, BLAKE

BLAKE RESS

Inducted:  June 17, 2010 in Indianapolis, IN

Date of Birth:  November 20, 1941 in Tell City, IN

High School Attended:  Tell City                   Graduated:  1960

College Attended:  Butler University              Graduated:  1964

                           Indiana University  MS                       1966

                           Butler University     Ed.S.                    1982

College Honors:  Awarded National Science Foundation Grant at Eastern Illinois University 1966

Coaching Experience:  Assistant football coach at Columbus HS and Shelbyville HS 1964-1973; assistant swimming coach at Columbus HS 1964-1966, with State Championship 1965 and State Runner-up 1966; head swimming coach at Shelbyville HS 1969-1972; basketball coach at Columbus Northside Junior High 1966-1968.

Officiating Experience:  Twelve years as an active IHSAA official 1962-1974; licensed in baseball, basketball, football, swimming and diving, and track and field; officiated IHSAA tournaments in baseball 1967-1974, basketball 1968-1974, swimming and diving 1974; umpired State Baseball Championship 1973; IHSAA baseball rules interpreter 1970-1974; President of Southeastern Indiana Officials Association 1972-1974.

Professional Experience:  Served as Commissioner of Indiana High School Athletic Association since 2000 (retiring 2-1-2011); was Assistant Commissioner of IHSAA 1995-2000; principal of Martinsville HS 1986-1995; principal of Cloverdale HS 1985-1986; was athletic director/assistant principal at Shelbyville HS 1974-1975; was teacher/coach at Shelbyville HS 1968-1974 and at Columbus HS 1964-1968; as athletic director, moved Shelbyville from hosting one IHSSA tournament to hosting 11 tournaments in 9 sports; served as Meet Director of IHSAA Girls' State Swimming and Diving Meet 1987-1994; served as assistant Meet Director of IHSAA State Wrestling Meet 1984-1994.

Special Recognition:  Charter member of Indiana Football Coaches Association; Executive Secretary and Publicity Director of South Central Athletic Conference 1982-1985; member Board of Directors of Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association 1980-1985, of IHSAA 1991-1995, and of National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) 2000-2004; honored as Mid-West Athletic Director of the Year by National Council of Athletic Directors 1986; chosen as Indiana Athletic Director of Year 1981, 1985; Chairman of the IHSAA Executive Committee 1993-1994; president of South Central Athletic Conference 1990-1991; served on NFHS Football Rules Committee 1996-2000; served on NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Committee 1996-2000; selected by Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) as District 9 Principal of Year 1992; member of Advisory Board of Indiana Academic Competitions for Excellence 1994-1995; served on IASP Legislative Committee 1990-1991; chairman of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) School Visitation Team 1990-1991 and participant on NCA school visitation teams on numerous occasions; speaker on athletic related topics at service clubs as well as state and national conferences; named a Sagamore of Wabash; received Distinguished American Award from the Indiana Branch of the National Football Foundation, 2010.

Family:  Wife, Linda; children, Brian, Lisa, and Amy

(Updated December 2010)