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REGIONAL ATHLETIC DIRECTORS of the YEAR

Region 1 – John Sanregret (Houghton High School)
graduated from Houghton High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree
from Michigan Tech in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree
from Northern Michigan University in Educational Administration.
John began his career in education within the Calumet Public Schools
system where he served as a middle school teacher while coaching
Football, Basketball and Track from 1993-1996. In 1996 John was
named High School and Middle School Principal for Lake Linden
Hubbell Public Schools before moving to Hancock in 1997 where he
was the High School Principal while also simultaneously taking on
the Athletic Director role for a number of years. After spending four
years as a commercial loan officer, John returned to Houghton High
School to become the school’s Athletic Director in 2019. During his
time in education, John served as the Treasurer for the Copper Country

Principals Roundtable for 10 years and was an active member in the U.P. Secondary School Principals Association and Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. He is an MHSAA Registered Track and Cross Country Official and holds his Michigan Coaches Advancement Program Level III certification. He was a Delegate to Finland as part of the Finnish Education Exploratory Team through Finlandia
University in 2014 and has been named a recipient of the Copper Country Intermediate Outstanding
Administrator Award. Sean Jacques, CAA, Athletic Director at Calumet High School, notes that
“John approaches his duties with a passion that is an example to follow. His willingness to help
others is evident in both his career and his involvement outside of the school day. He is thoughtful
and always willing to offer assistance when it is needed.” John has been married to his wife,
Suzanne, for 27 years. They have two sons: Matthew, who lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas
and Bradley, who is a freshman at Michigan Tech.

Region 2 – David Smith (Gaylord Middle School)

graduated from Gaylord St. Mary School. He holds a Bachelor’s

Degree from Albion College along with a Master’s degree from Saginaw

Valley State University. David began his career as the Middle School and
High School Athletic Director at Mancelona Schools before taking a
similar position at Boyne City Schools. He was later named the Athletic
Director at Petoskey High School where he served for three years
before taking his current position at Gaylord Middle School. During his
time as an Athletic Director, David has served on a number of MIAAA
and MHSAA committees and has been a board member for the Beyond
the Scoreboard organization in Northern Michigan. Fred Bryant, CAA,
Athletic Director at Cadillac, notes “Even with the transitions that David
has made from district to district, one thing has remained constant: his
leadership and care for all of the student-athletes that he sees and

interacts with on a daily basis. I communicate regularly with him regarding the different challenges that we face as athletic directors in our region and state and he always has great advice and logic when it comes to these matters.” David is married to his wife, Rachel, and the couple has three children with another on the way.

Region 3 – Randy Fountain (Ludington Area Schools)

graduated from Pickford High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ferris State University and a Master’s Degree from Grand Valley State University in Educational Leadership. Randy began his career in education as a Science Teacher at Mason County Central from 1992-1999 and later took on the role of Middle School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Mason County Central. In 2003, Randy was named Principal at Scottville Elementary School where he served until 2011 when he took a similar position at Lakeview Elementary in the Ludington Area Schools
district. In 2015, he was named Athletic Director for Ludington Area
Middle and High School. Mark Boon, former Principal at Ludington
Area Schools, notes that “Randy possesses what I call a teacher
personality. Students gravitate to him because they know that he is
someone who can be trusted and will listen attentively and without
judgment. He treats students and teachers properly and is rewarded
with respect and mutual caring. He listens to advice and is willing to
try new ideas to better the school. He is very knowledgeable about all
aspects of our sports programs on the local level as well as the state
level. He has a pleasant demeanor, good organizational skills and the
willingness to go above and beyond, all which help make him a great
athletic director for Ludington Area Schools.” During his time

as an Athletic Director, Randy has served as President of the Lakes-8

Conference and has also been an active member of the MASSP,

MIAAA, and NIAAA. He previously was an MHSAA registered official and has helped to coordinate Gus Macker Basketball tournaments, serves on the Ludington Schools Recreation Board and the Ludington Schools Health and Wellness Committee. Randy has been married to his wife Tricia for 25 years. He has twins, Luke and Emma, who are Freshmen in college.

Region 4 – Jason Heerema, CAA (Grand Rapids Christian)
graduated from London District Christian Secondary School. He holds
a Bachelor’s Degree from Calvin College in Education and a Master’s
Degree from Central Michigan University in Physical Education. Jason
began his career as an Athletic Director in 1998 at Crossroads Charter
Academy and in 2002 was named Dean of Students and Athletic
Director at Grandville Middle School. From 2004 to 2009 Jason served
as the Athletic Director at Wyoming Park High School and in 2010 he
took the Athletic Director position at Grand Rapids Christian. During
his time as an Athletic Director Jason has been President of the OK
White Division, President of the KO Middle School League and was a
founder and President of the Alliance League. He started the athletic
program while at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy, began a
recreation program at Grand Rapids Christian, and has been

instrumental in starting Boy’s High School Volleyball in Michigan. Curt Copeland, Athletic Director at Grand Rapids South Christian High School, states that “Jason and I have worked very closely as partner and rival schools in the Grand Rapids area. In my opinion, our relationship has served as a model for how two competitors should embrace and communicate with each other. His service to our school has been unlimited and he offers help to our community in so many ways. His positive attitude and servant mentality
is a great example for me as a younger Athletic Director. He is passionate about doing everything
to the best of his abilities, and he stresses the importance of this with me every chance he gets.”
Jason has been married 23 years to Esther Joy, and has five sons: Flimon (21), Nolan (20), Elijah
(18), Levi (15), and Zeke (13).

Region 5 – Brian Southworth, RAA (Decatur High School)

is a graduate of Decatur High School and Western Michigan
University. Brian served as a teacher and coach of Football, Wrestling
and Track at Decatur High School for over 30 years. For the last eight
years, Brian has taken on the Athletic Director role at Decatur. During
his time at Decatur, Brian has been actively involved in the MWA,
MHSFCA, MIAAA, and Little League where he was a past President. He
is a member of the Michigan Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and has
a number of local and state honors for his achievements as a coach.
Brian was instrumental in helping to raise funds to support a new
athletic field and track project at Decatur. He works with the local food
bank in Decatur, assisting athletic teams with their community projects.
Matt McLouth, Principal at Decatur High School, notes “Brian has a sincere passion for working with student athletes, effectively communicates with and supports his coaches, and is viewed as a leader among his peers. Very few decisions are made in our meetings without fellow athletic directors asking for Brian’s insight and support.” Brian has been married to his wife, Laurie, for 31 years and has three children: Erika, Cole and Jakob.

Region 6 – Kathy Bondsteel (Jonesville High School)
graduated from Reading High School. She holds degrees from Jackson
Community College and Hillsdale College. Kathy began her career as
an Admissions Secretary at Hillsdale College before taking a similar
position at Hillsdale Academy. For 10 years, Kathy was the Building
and Athletic Secretary for Hillsdale Community Schools before she
was named the Athletic Director at Jonesville Community Schools
where she has served the past 14 years. During her time as an Athletic
Director, Kathy has been President of the Big 8 Conference, President
of the Independent Soccer League, served on numerous MHSAA
committees including the Soccer Committee, Girls/Boys Basketball
Site Selection Committee, Scholar Athlete Award Committee,
Basketball Officials Committee, JR/MS Committee, Bowling Committee,
Classifications Committee, and Girls Volleyball Officials Committee. Jack Roberts, former Executive
Director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, explains that “Kathy continually looks
to implement new initiatives that lift up the old ideals of educational athletics through coach
education, parent sessions and student leadership and sportsmanship meetings. She takes
institutional control seriously and always strived to know and apply MHSAA rules across
the board. Kathy has always been very able and willing to serve school sports on a league and
regional basis and is a natural at being professional.” Kathy has been married to her husband,
Jim, for 36 years. Her family also includes her Son and Daughter-In-Law, Christopher and Nicole,
and two grandchildren (Trey and Mia) and Daughter and Son-In-Law, Amy and Bryan, and
grandson (Maddex).

Region 7 – Daniel Coddens, RAA (Marshall High School)
graduated from Edwardsburg High School. He holds a Bachelor’s
Degree from Western Michigan University and also earned a Master’s
Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan. Daniel
started his career by serving as a Teacher and Coach at Evart High
School for seven years before taking a Teacher and Coach position at
Marshall High School for 17 years. For the past seven years, Daniel has
been the Athletic Director at Marshall Public Schools. As a Basketball
coach, Daniel was named AP Coach of the Year for Boys Varsity
Basketball in 2004 and BCAM Boys Basketball Regional Coach of the
Year in 1998 in addition to taking home Regional and All-Area Boys
Basketball Coach of the Year Honors multiple times. During his time
at Marshall, Daniel was a founding member of Interstate-8 Athletic
Conference, started the Marshall High School Athletic Hall of Fame and Athletic website, hosted the
inaugural Senior Scholar Athlete Awards Night for the Interstate-8, attended MHSAA Sportsmanship
Summit with student athletes, and has been a Basketball Committee Member of the MHSAA. He has
been a BCAM Reaching Higher Committee Member and also volunteers as a coach for Marshall City
Recreation league, AYSO, Marshall Soccer Club and Rising Stars Youth Basketball. Ed Greenman,
CAA, Athletic Director at Harper Creek, says “Daniel loves Marshall, the student athletes, the
coaches he serves, and is a great ambassador for athletics. He is organized and always sees the
big picture. At the end of the day his allegiance is to Marshall, but as a leader he makes decisions
on what is right for the betterment of all involved.” Daniel has been married to his wife, Robbin, for
20 years and has three children: Owen, Karlee and Lanie.

Region 8 – Mike Boyd, CAA (Saginaw Nouvel High School)

graduated from Saginaw St. Peter and Paul High School. He holds a degree from Alma College. For 21 years, Mike served as the Athletic Director at Saginaw Nouvel High School and also took on the role of Dean of Students for six years. While at Saginaw Nouvel, Mike was an assistant Varsity Football coach for 10 seasons and the head Varsity Football coach for 19 seasons. During his time as
a head coach Mike reached five MHSAA state finals and led Saginaw
Nouvel to three state titles (2006, 2007, and 2011). He was inducted into
the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame
in 2019 and was an MHSFCA Steve Spicer Memorial Leadership Award
recipient in 2008 and 2010, a two-time MHSFCA Regional Coach of the
Year (2006 and 2011) and the MHSFCA Division 6 State Coach of the
Year in 2006. Dave Schwartz, Athletic Director at Garber High School,
comments that “Mike’s ability to relate with young people and get the
best from them has truly been inspiring. High school athletics are
much different than they were just a short twenty years ago, but Mike
has adapted while maintaining his core values and beliefs. Great things
don’t just happen; they happen for a reason. One reason great things
have happened at Saginaw Nouvel is Mike Boyd.”

Region 9 – Shayne Mishler (Montrose Hill McCloy High School)

graduated from New Lothrop High School. He holds an
Associate’s Degree in Pre-Teaching with a Child Development
Endorsement from Ferris State University, a Bachelor’s Degree
in Elementary Education from Saginaw Valley State University, a
Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership from Marygrove College
and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University
of Michigan. Shayne began his career as an Elementary Teacher at
Saginaw-Carrollton and Bay City-Essexville and Egypt Lake Elementary
in Florida before returning to Michigan where he taught at Carter
Elementary in Montrose from 1999-2012. In 2012 he was named the
Montrose Dean of Students and Athletic Director for Hill McCloy High
School and Kuehn Haven Middle School before taking on his current
role as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for Montrose Hill McCloy High School. Linden
Moore, Superintendent of Montrose Schools, remarks that “Shayne’s positive attitude and good-
natured personality makes him a joy to work with every day. After working with him on a daily basis
for nine years, I cannot imagine working without him. He has the ability to find the good in every
situation and person. He knows how to build up everyone around him and has an uncanny ability
to take even the smallest accomplishments and make students feel great about it. He is willing to
do whatever it takes to keep things moving forward. Shayne truly embodies the definition of a
servant leader.” Shayne serves as the MIAAA Region 9 Representative and Vice President of the
Mid-Michigan Athletic Conference, which he helped form. During his time as a coach he was named
the GAC Baseball Coach of the Year and was a three-time District Baseball Coach of the Year.
Shayne is also an active member in BCAM, the American Welding Society and the ASCD. He has
presented numerous times at the MIAAA conference and serves as an ALICE Trainer. Shayne has
been married to his wife, Brook, for 25 years and has a son, Jaxson.

Region 10 – Chad Hottle, CMAA (Chippewa Valley High School)

graduated from Sterling Heights Stevenson High School.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Albion College and Master’s
Degrees from Saginaw Valley State University. Chad began his career
in education for the Utica Community Schools District where he was
an Elementary Physical Education Teacher at Monfort Elementary,
Messmore Elementary, and St. Peter Lutheran Macomb from 2005-
2011. In 2011, Chad accepted the Athletic Director position at Sterling
Heights Stevenson and later took his current position at Chippewa
Valley High School in 2014. Robin Dilday, District Athletic Director for
Utica Community Schools, states that “As an athletic administrator,
Chad is a tireless worker. He is an individual that truly cares about
the well-being of the students and his staff. Chad exemplifies all the
qualities that are needed to be a successful leader and the Chippewa Valley community is very
fortunate to have Chad as the school’s athletic leader.” Chad has taken on a number of leadership roles within Macomb County and the Macomb Area Conference. He served as the MAC President
in 2019 and has been the Macomb County Athletic Directors Association President since 2017.
Chad is the MAC Committee Chair for Competitive Cheer and Football and a member of the Past
Presidents, Auxiliary Sports, Ethics, and Technology committees. He is a Clinton Township Parks
and Recreation Committee Member, has served on the MHSAA Competitive Cheer Committee and
Judges Selection Committee. Chad also began the Chippewa Valley High School Student Athletic
Advisory Committee in 2016 and since 2018 has been the MIAAA Leadership Training Institute
State Coordinator. Chad has been happily married to his wife, Dayna, for 10 years and they recently
welcomed Carter, their first child, to the family on January 28 of this year.

Region 11 – Ron Hammye, CAA (Livonia Franklin High School)
graduated from Genoa (Ohio) High School, where he is a member of
the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. He earned both his Bachelors and
Master’s degrees in Education from Bowling Green State University.
While attending Bowling Green State University, Ron was also a four-
year member of the Men’s Basketball team. From 1981-2001 Ron served
on the Basketball coaching staff at Wayne State University, including
13 seasons as Head Coach. In addition, he was also the school’s
Director of Athletics from 1999-2000. During his time at Wayne State,
Ron was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Coach of the Year three times and the Great Lakes Regional Coach of
the Year twice while leading the Warriors to three GLIAC regular season
titles and three tournament titles. In 2001, Ron became the Athletic
Director at Livonia Franklin where he has served since. As Marc Hage, CMAA, Athletic Director
at Livonia Churchill High School, explains “Ron has always had the best interests of the Franklin
students in mind, concerning all of his educational endeavors. He works very conscientiously with
both his students and his athletes toward the directed end of a positive and successful experience
for each. The respect with which he treats both students and staff is unparalleled. The student
body and Ron have developed a mutual admiration for each other, based largely upon his sincerity,
kindness, and genuine enjoyment of his occupation. He is one of the most looked up to and
respected individuals on their staff of over 100 professional educators.” While at Livonia Franklin,
Ron has taken on leadership roles including Secretary and Sport Commissioner for the Kensington
Lakes Activity Association in addition to his involvement in the MIAAA, NIAAA and BCAM. He was
elected to the Wayne State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Ron has also been a leader for the Special
Olympics of Michigan organization, helping to serve as a coach, referee and chaperone in addition
to his work as an Athletic Director. Ron has been married to his wife, Amy, for 32 years and has a
daughter, Jessica.

Region 12 – James Okler, CMAA (Grosse Ile Schools)
graduated from New Boston Huron High School. He completed an
Associate’s Degree in Child Development from Schoolcraft College
along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and Management from
the University of Phoenix. In 1981, James began his career in education
at New Boston Huron where he served in a number of roles including as
a Teaching Aide, Athletic Department Assistant and Coach. In 1995 he
became the Athletic Director for Grosse Ile Township Schools and has
served in that role since. James has enjoyed a dedicated and decorated
career coaching Cross Country and Track, over the past 38 years. He
has earned numerous coaching awards including the Monroe County
Coach of the Year and News Herald Coach of the Year in Cross Country
and is a member of the MITCA Hall of Fame. James has served on
the Michigan High School Coaches Association board of directors since 2000 and as its executive
director since 2015. In addition, he has served on the National High School Coaches Association
board of directors since 2005 and has been a recipient of the NHSACA Carey McDonald Award,
NHSACA Dwight Keith Award, and MHSCA Distinguished Service Award. Mike Quinn, CMAA, Athletic
Director at Lakewood High School, notes that “James is the benchmark that all other Downriver
athletic directors are striving to be. He is always willing to give of his time, his expertise, and his facilities to create memorable experiences not only for Grosse Ile but also for students throughout
the Downriver area. James is a true leader in all measures of the term. The Huron League, Region 12,
and all Downriver communities are better because of him.” James is currently the president of the
Huron League at both the Middle and High School Levels. He has been married to his wife, Christine,
for 34 years and has two children, a stepson, and two grandchildren.

Region 13 – Brian Hassler, CAA (Bishop Foley High School)
graduated from Sandusky High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree
from the University of Detroit Mercy in English and Sports Medicine
and a Master’s Degree from Concordia Irvine University in Coaching
and Athletic Administration. Brian has worked at Bishop Foley Catholic
for the entirety of his professional career, spanning 23 years. He served
as the athletic trainer at Bishop Foley for 18 years before spending
the last five years as the Athletic Director. During his time at Bishop
Foley, Brian has also been an assistant for Men’s Basketball and
head coach for Track and Field, worked as a building sub, and been a
strength and conditioning coach for the athletics program. Brian has
served on the Oakland County Athletic Directors Association Board
where he was President in 2018, the CHSL Executive Board, and has
been a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. At Bishop Foley, Brian is a mentor for
the Catholic Athletes for Christ Chapter, where he oversees a servant leadership program for 80
student-athletes that includes a reading program for Catholic grade schools, serving food to the
homeless, volunteering with Special Olympics and sponsoring an annual Hoops for Hope event for
the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Vic Michaels, CAA, Director of the Detroit Catholic High School League,
writes “Brian’s success stems from balancing extremely high expectations with a genuine care for
his schools, the students and the community. He demands maximum effort from his coaches and the
athletes he supervises. Brian is a very humble man of great faith whose tenure in our schools has
been an act of Christian service as well as profession. He continues to improve the program and how
it serves the young men and women who attend Madison Heights Bishop Foley.” Brian is married to
his wife, Danielle, and has two children: Giorgio and Giulia.

Region 14 – Jon Studley, CAA (Surline Middle School -
West Branch/Rose City Schools) graduated from Tawas Area High
School in 2001. Jon received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport
Administration and a Master’s Degree in Sport Studies from Central
Michigan University and holds a K-12 Administrator Certificate from the
MASSP. Jon began his career at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart Academy
where he served as an Assistant Athletic Director, JV Baseball Coach,
and JV Softball Coach. He later took on roles as the Director of Facility
Operations at Morey Courts Recreation Center and Athletic Director
at Mid-Michigan Community College, where he was the school’s first
Athletic Director, before returning to Sacred Heart to take over as
the school Director of Athletics. In 2012, Jon was named the Athletic
Director at Caro Community Schools and later added Dean of Students
to his role at Caro. Jon returned to Tawas in 2015 where he served as the Athletic Director for two
years before moving into his current role as Director of Athletics for both the Middle School and High
Schools for West Branch-Rose City Schools. Jon has taken on a number of leadership roles within the
MIAAA, serving as the Region 8 representative and LTC Course Instructor in addition to serving on
numerous MIAAA and MHSAA committees. Jon was a member of the Caro Beautification Committee,
elected to the Tawas City Council and serves as Adjunct Professor at Saginaw Valley State University,
teaching Coaches Advancement Classes. He was instrumental in bringing middle school athletics
back to West Branch-Rose City Schools after a 10-year hiatus and has been an MHSAA official for
Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. Michael Thayer, CMAA, Athletic Director at Bay City
Western, notes that “Jon is an outstanding individual and strives daily to continuously improve not
only his capabilities but also for future AD’s and coaches. His commitment to the overall well-being
of athletic directors is truly respected by all administrators, coaches, parents, and student-athletes
in the state of Michigan.” Jon is married to his wife, Shannon, and has a two year-old daughter.

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