IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox plans summer exit

Head of sports association for nine years
Posted at 3:15 PM, Jan 16, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — The commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association is stepping down.

Bobby Cox, who has headed the association which governs high school sports in Indiana since 2011, will retire August 1 after nine years as commissioner. The IHSAA Executive Committee will be charged with finding a successor.

"It has been an honor to serve as commissioner of this great organization," said Cox. "I will take away fond memories and a sense of accomplishment on behalf of our member schools and thousands of Hoosier students knowing that education-based athletics remains vitally important and relevant in our state."

Among his accomplishments, special to Cox has been forming a partnership with Special Olympics of Indiana which established the newest state tournaments in Unified Track and Field and Unified Flag Football. The two sports allow students with and without intellectual disabilities to compete together in a team setting for the schools.

In a press release from the IHSAA, Cox was also cited for finalizing a deal with the Pacers and Fever to become the presenting sponsors of the boys and girls state basketball tournaments.

Before taking charge in 2011, Cox was assistant commissioner for 11 years. Previously, the Butler University grad had a long career with Carmel Clay Schools as teacher, coach and high school athletic director.