Executive & Operations Staff

Dave Anderson: Executive Director

Dave AndersonDave Anderson became the fifth executive director of the Association on Aug. 1, 2009, succeeding Doug Chickering.

Anderson came to the WIAA in 1998 as an Assistant to the Director. In July, 2001, he was promoted to Assistant Director. He was promoted to Deputy Director of the Association at Board of Control meeting on Jan. 18, 2002, and assumed those responsibilities in July, 2002.

Anderson served as athletic director at Sun Prairie High School from 1991 until joining the WIAA. He began his professional career as a faculty member at D.C. Everest High School in Schofield, Wis., from 1976-79. He also served as head track and field coach, assistant football coach and assistant basketball coach.

In 1979, he was a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin. Two years later he joined the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire football staff and was an instructor in physical education. After one season, he was named the defensive coordinator and part-time physical education instructor at Montana State University from 1982-83.

He returned to the University of Wisconsin as an assistant football coach from 1983-86 and served as the defensive coordinator in 1986. From 1987-1990, Anderson was the defensive coordinator at Miami of Ohio University.

Anderson was a three-sport athlete at Kaukauna High School, participating in football, basketball and track. He was named the state's football player-of-the-year in 1972. He played football at Wisconsin from 1972-76 and was awarded the Ivan B. Williamson Award for academic and athletic excellence his senior year.

Anderson graduated from UW in 1976 with a degree in physical education. He received a Master of Science degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration from UW in 1981.

In his former duties with the Association, Anderson was responsible for the interpretation of rules, administration, tournament planning and committee leadership in the sports of football, wrestling, and baseball, as well as sports medicine.

He acquired the responsibilities regarding eligibility issues and relinquished his responsibilities in licensing officials when promoted to deputy director. His other responsibilities included overseeing the Sports Medicine Advisory committee.

In addition to his duties with the WIAA, Anderson was also involved at the national level. He has served on the NFHS Hockey Rules Committee, and he was a voting member of the NFHS's Football Rules Committee.

Wade Labecki: Deputy Director

Wade Labecki assumed his position as Deputy Director of the Association on July 1, 2009.

Labecki served as assistant administrator and transportation director at Baldwin-Woodville High School since 2006 and as athletic director since 2000. Responsibilities of these positions included budgeting, purchasing, scheduling, supervising coaches and staff, programming, coordinating school transportation and participating in discipline and truancy issues.

Prior to his most recent positions at Baldwin-Woodville, Labecki taught accounting, business law, general business and Internet classes from 1987-2006. In addition, he served as head football coach from 1988-2004 after one season as defensive coordinator of the 1987 State championship team. He led the Blackhawks to a State Championship in 1992, a State runner-up finish in 1994, five conference titles and a 108-63 record.

He coached the Blackhawk baseball team to a 122-55-1 record from 1990-97, which included two conference championships and a State Tournament appearance in 1991.

Labecki was elected to the WIAA Advisory Council in October, 2008. Other related experiences include memberships in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, where he served on the Board of Directors and as president, and served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin High School Forensics Coaches Association.

Labecki has received a number of professional honors and awards during his career. Among them was his induction into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and his selection to coach in the 2000 Shrine Football All-Star game. He was selected as the WFCA District Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1992. In 2009, Labecki was selected as the WADA District 1 Athletic Director of the Year.

He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Business Education. He received a Masters of Education in Administration degree from St. Mary's University (Minn.) in 2001 and received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree at Argosy University - Twin Cities in 2010. Labecki was also the recipient of the 2010 President’s Leadership Award for students in the doctoral program at Argosy University. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, Athletic Competitive Equity and Proportionality: Classification of High Schools in State Athletic Associations for Boys Basketball and Football Tournament Placement.

A 1982 graduate of Thomas More High School, he grew up in the City of Milwaukee and served as vice-president of the student body and starred on the football team that won the Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association State championship in 1981. He also lettered in wrestling and track and field during his high school career and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Labecki is responsible for eligibility issues, interpretation of rules, administration, tournament planning and committee leadership in the sports of football, wrestling, and baseball, as well as the Sports Medicine Advisory committee.

Deb Hauser: Associate Director

Deb Hauser joined the WIAA staff as assistant to the director in January 1993. In July 1995, her title changed to assistant director, and in 2002, she was named an associate director.

Hauser graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education with a minor in coaching. She received a Master of Science degree from UW-Platteville in Secondary Education in 1991.

She began her career in education at Darlington High School in 1978 as a business education teacher and coach. She was the head girls basketball coach, as well as an assistant volleyball and track and field for four years.

Hauser was named the athletic director at Darlington in 1984 and held that position until coming to the WIAA. She served four years on the WIAA sports Advisory Committee and was named District 5 Athletic Director of the Year by the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association in 1988.

Since coming to the WIAA, Hauser has overseen the administrative efforts in the sports of golf, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving. She has also been instrumental in the officials' program and tournament assignments and planning.

In 2002, her responsibilities were restructured. Her current responsibilities include basketball and soccer, as well as tournament planning, cooperative teams, seeding protocol, conference realignment and athletic director workshops. In addition, she assists in maintaining the WIAA Web site and technological aspects of the office.

Hauser served as chair of the Soccer Rules Committee for the NFHS from 1999-2003 and was a member of the NFHS Equity Committee from 2004-2007. In addition, she was a member of the NFHS Officials' Quarterly Publications Committee from 1996-98. In 2007, Hauser received the NFHS Citation Award for contributions to the NFHS, state associations, athletic director and coaching professions, and officiating advocation. She was inducted in to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2010 as a Friend of Basketball. Currently, Hauser is a member of the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee.

Todd Clark: Director of Communications

Todd Clark began his role as the Association's director of communications on July 1, 2000.

His responsibilities include overseeing the print production aspect of the association, internal and external communications, media relations, marketing/sponsorships, advertising, tournament records, sportsmanship and assisting with Website maintenance and the football playoffs.

At the national level, he served on the NFHS Records Committee from 2007-10 and on the NFHS Annual Meeting Advisory Committee from 2009-10.

He received the Association Friend Award presented by the Wisconsin Association of School Councils in 2007.

He joined the executive staff after serving nine years as the sports information director at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from 1991-2000. Prior to the UW-La Crosse position, Clark was a sports information director assistant at Southern Illinois-Carbondale from 1990-91.

Additional sports information experience includes working as a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State University and as a student assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Other related experience included serving as a venue media chief at the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival, and as the official scorer for the NCAA III Baseball Championships from 2000-01.

Clark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. He received a master of special studies degree in sports administration from St. Cloud State University in 1993.

Tom Shafranski: Assistant Director

Tom Shafranski joined the WIAA staff in 2002. His responsibilities are the administration for the sports of golf, hockey, swimming and diving and tennis. He also oversees the prestigious WIAA Scholar-Athlete program.

In addition to his contributions at the State association level, he has been active in the national landscape with service on the NFHS Ice Hockey Rules Committee in 2003-04 and 2008-2011. He will serve as the chair of that committee in 2011 He has also served as a member of the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules from 2005-2009.

During his tenure on the staff, he has been honored as the 2009 Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association Friend of Golf recipient.

He brought a significant level of high school administrative experience with him to the WIAA. He has served as athletic director at Stevens Point Area High School for one year. Prior to his appointment at SPASH, he held an associate principal position at Wausau East High School for one year.

From 1996-2000, Shafranski was the activities director for grades 6-12 in the Rhinelander School District after serving as the associate principal and activities director for just the senior high school from 1993-96. Other high school administrative experience included a one-year stint as principal at Hortonville High School from 1992-93.

He taught business education classes at West Bend East from 1982-87 when he was named the district's AODA coordinator in 1987. He was chosen assistant principal in 1989, a position he held from 1989-1992. During his tenure at West Bend East, he served as head track and field coach from 1987-89 after serving as an assistant from 1980-86. He was an assistant coach in football and basketball from 1977-88.

In addition to his school responsibilities, Shafranski has also been active in state and conference affiliated activities. He has been an American Sport Coaches Education Program and a Program for Athletic Coaches Education instructor. He served on the WIAA Scholar-Athlete Selection Committee from 1998-2000 and was a mentor for new athletic directors for the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. Since 1993, he has served as the chairman of the Wisconsin Valley Conference Sportsmanship Committee.

Shafranski received a bachelors degree in business education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1983. He earned a masters degree in education from National Louis University in Evanston, Ill., in 1986. In 1991, he received an Administrative Leadership Certificate in School Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Marcy Thurwachter: Assistant Director

Marcy Thurwachter joined the WIAA on July 8, 2002. Her responsibilities include the administration and coordination of duties for the sports of cross country, track and field, gymnastics and volleyball and softball, as well as monitoring coaches' conduct.

Thurwachter came to the WIAA from North Central College, a NCAA Division III institution located in Naperville, Ill., where she held the titles of head women's track and field coach, associate athletic director and associate professor in physical education.

She had been the women?s track coach since 1986. During that time, she guided nine teams to top-10 finishes at the NCAA III Championships.

Other coaching responsibilities at North Central included a 13-year stint as head volleyball coach from 1985-97. She also served as assistant cross country coach from 1998-2001.

Thurwachter was promoted to assistant athletic director in 1991, and then to associate director in 1994. Her responsibilities included facility scheduling, transportation scheduling, supervision and advocate for women's athletics. In addition, she was the co-director of the NCAA III Track and Field Championships when North Central hosted the meet in 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996 and 2000.

She taught physical education at North Central from 1985-2002 and was the acting Health and Physical Education department chair.

Prior to her collegiate experiences, she taught physical education and health, and coached girls volleyball and boys and girls track at Sheboygan Falls High School from 1979-85. She led the Falcons to the State Class B volleyball championship in 1983, a third-place finish in 1982 and three conference titles.

Thurwachter received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1978 and a Master of Arts degree in physical education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1984.

Operations Staff

Eric Dziak:  Technology Coordinator

Lisa Gagas: Print Production Coordinator

Joan Gralla: Office Manager/Officials

Julie Kage: Administration Coordinator (Dave Anderson)

Hydie Laidlaw: Administrative Assistant (Wade Labecki)

Deb Lepak: Administrative Assistant (Tom Shafranski)

Kassie McGettigan: Ticket Coordinator/Business Operations

Candace Ostertag: Administrative Assistant (Deb Hauser)

Dorothy Sankey: Systems Coordinator

Sheila Schulfer: Administrative Assistant (Marcy Thurwachter)

Kristen Spencer: Officials Liaison 

Debbie Tork - Controller

Sandy Zastrow: Printer

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