For the City Times
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved the recommendation of Executive Director Dave Anderson to name Stephanie Hauser to an assistant director position on the executive staff at today’s Board of Control meeting.
She replaces Marcy Thurwachter, who will retire from the same position with the WIAA on June 30. Incidentally, Stephanie (Fermanich) Hauser is no relation to Deb (Freese) Hauser, the current associate director on the WIAA executive staff.
Hauser’s responsibilities with the WIAA will include the administration and coordination of duties for the sports of cross country, track and field, gymnastics, volleyball and softball. She will officially begin her appointment with the WIAA July 6.
Hauser comes to the WIAA executive staff from Stevens Point Area Senior High School where she is serving in her eighth year as the athletic administrator and assistant principal. She supervises the operation of 22 WIAA-sponsored sports, as well as the evaluation of a 100-member coaching staff and a teaching staff of 25. She has also served as internship supervisor for university students seeking degrees in athletic or business administration.
Prior to her administrative role in Stevens Point, she was the assistant principal and activities director in the New London School District from 2003-07. She also possesses coaching experience at the high school level. Those included stints as varsity volleyball coach at Cumberland High School in 1991, Pulaski High School from 1993-97, Bay Port High School from 1998-99 and at Winneconne High School from 2000-03. Other coaching experience came at the junior varsity level as softball coach at Cumberland in 1991 and at Green Bay Southwest High School from 1992-94, where she also coached the junior varsity basketball team.
She has been active in working with the WIAA as a member of the Sports Advisory Committee since 2009 and as a member of the Volleyball Coaches Advisory Committee. Hauser has also conducted presentations at the WIAA New Athletic Director Workshop and the WIAA Sportsmanship Summit.
In 2013, she was named the District 2 Athletic Director of the Year by the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. Other leadership experience includes serving as president of the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association and as chair of the WADA District 2 Representative and Scholarship Committee.
She is certified as an athletic administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, as well as, in Red Cross CPR/AED, Educator Effectiveness Calibration for Evaluation, and Drug Influence Training and Education. The Bulldogs of Character program she implemented at New London High School, emphasizing citizenship and sportsmanship, was featured in the May 2006, edition of Inside Wisconsin Sports magazine and was the topic of a presentation at a WADA convention. She has also contributed articles published in WADA and NIAAA publications.
In addition to her involvement in WADA and the NIAAA, she has been a member of the Associations of Wisconsin School Administrators, Stevens Point Area Sports Commission, Friends of Stevens Point Area Athletics, Stevens Point Hall of Fame Commission, Community Parks Improvement Committee, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Wisconsin School Public Relation Association.
Her experience in the classroom includes teaching chemistry and science-related courses at Bay Port, Green Bay Southwest and Cumberland, and she has presented in coaching and athletic administration courses at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
She is a 1991 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a degree in secondary chemistry education. She received a Master’s Degree in education leadership from Marian College in 1997 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She was a member of the UW-Superior women’s basketball and softball teams, and was named team captain and most valuable player of the women’s volleyball team, receiving all-conference honorable mention.
Stephanie and her husband, Dave, have three children, Nicki, Sam and Joey.
In other action, the Board reviewed discussions and approved the minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting. It also received executive staff reports, as well as liaison updates from John Ashley of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and Jim McClowry of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association.
The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 505 senior high schools and 46 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It will sponsor 24 championship tournament series in 2014-15. For more information, visit the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org or contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.