2019 - June 2020 Active Members

Meet your Executive Board

Dave Stier - President

I have been a Track & Field Official with the IHSA since 1999 after several years as a high school track coach. (I gave up coaching when I went back to school to work on my Masters Degree, and once I completed that there were no coaching positions open..."Hello Officiating!")

Since becoming an official, I have been honored to serve as a starter at both the Boys and Girls State Track Meets in Charleston as well as working for several years in the Clerks Tent. In cross country, I have served at the state meet as a Starter, Assistant Referee, and Head Referee at the Detweiller Park in addition to working for several years as an umpire and clerk. For the IESA, I have served as a Starter, Referee, and Head Clerk at the State Cross Country Meet at Maxwell Park in Bloomington-Normal. I also currently am serving on the IESA Cross Country Advisory Committee.

In my younger days, I ran cross country at PORTA High School, where I am proud to say I was a part of 2 teams with top 10 team placings at Detweiller Park. I also ran track at PORTA, and although I never competed at the state meet in Charleston, my school record (from 1984!) in the 800 m still stands! Ask me about it sometime, and I'll tell you how fast I used to be.

When I'm not on the track, I can be found teaching high school physics and chemistry at my alma mater of PORTA High School in Petersburg. My wife and I are the proud parents of Abbey (a chemist in St Louis) and Gabe (a CyberSecurity major at Southeast Missouri State), both of whom enjoy running, too.

Kelley Mullaney - Vice President

I have been a licensed official since 2010. During that time I have worked at several State Cross Country meets as a clerk and have been at every State Boys and Girls Track and Field Championship Meet. In 2018 I have the privilage of serving as the Class 2A Starter at the Cross Country State Finals. I was awarded the honor of the ITCCOA Rookie of the Year award in 2014.

Before I became an official, I was the head boys and girls track coach at Stewardson Strasburg High School in central Illinois, for four seasons. While coaching there I was lucky enough to coach, not only the first state qualifier, but the first athlete to place in the State Meet in the school's history. In the seasons to follow I had the privileged of taking at least 2 athletes to compete at the Boys State Meet. A job change brought me to a school where I served as the Girls Distance coach for a season and again, was at state in the capacity of a coach. In the years to follow, I saw the need for more officials around the area and it was at that point I decided to become an official.

I was not always an avid fan of Track and Field, just ask my high school track coach, but through the three years I spent running for Cary-Grove High School I developed a passion for the sport, a passion that has lead me to meet, work with, and develop great working relationships with many talented athletes, coaches, and officials. There are days that I miss coaching but I find myself being a different type of coach. I, now, get to coach all the athletes on the procedures of the sport and not how to compete in their event. Being on the track or in the field when an athlete accomplishes a goal they set for themselves is something I will never tire of witnessing.

Through the ITCCOA I have met so many great role models who I now consider some of my closest friends. I have also had the opportunities to work at other levels including, NCAA, USATF, and the IESA. The opportunities that have presented themselves have been limitless and rewarding in so many capacities.

When I am not on the track or in the field/XC course you can find me running, golfing, and traveling after my day job of teaching high school math at Meridian High School is over. I have enjoyed traveling all over the globe and running in each new city I'm in as a means of doing my own exploration. I am currently working on the goal of running a half marathon in each state; I have six crossed off my list right now.

Jesse Rocha - Secretary/Treasurer

I have been a licensed IHSA track and XC official since the spring of 2009. During that time I have been to every cross country state final and to at least either the Boys or Girls State Track Championship, usually both, each season. In cross country I have served as the Assistant Meet Referee for the 2017 IHSA State Championships and the Head Meet Referee for the 2018 IHSA State Championships. For track I have been the Field Event Referee for the 2017 Girls State Championships and the 1A Starter for the 2018 Boys State Championships. I also was honored with the ITCCOA Rookie of the Year in 2011.

I coached both cross country and track at my Alma mater, Aurora Central Catholic HS, for four years. My boys were heavily involved with their sports and I missed a lot of time. After the birth of my daughter in early spring of 2007 I stopped coaching to be with my kids. My wife seeing how much I missed the sports suggested I became an official in 2009, the rest is history. I've always loved the sports of cross country and track and remember those times as an athlete and coach as some of my best memories. Officiating gives me the flexibility to make my own schedule and give back to the sports I love at the same time without the huge time commitment of coaching, although track keeps me pretty busy now.

When I am not on the track or cross country course I spend my days as an elementary PE teacher in West Aurora school district. My son’s have graduated West Chicago HS and my sports watching days as a parent now have shifted from Friday Night Lights football and spring baseball to becoming a cheer dad and watching my daughter compete on the cheer competition floor.