STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Mark Gutknecht has been named as the technology coordinator at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association executive office in an announcement made by Executive Director Stephanie Hauser. He started his new position today.
“The WIAA staff is pleased to welcome Mark to our team,” Hauser said. “His service mindset, along with his exceptional skill set, will enhance our vision for technology, both internally and in our efforts to collaborate with the member schools, officials, coaches and other stakeholders.”
Gutknecht is responsible for providing technology leadership on behalf of the WIAA staff and membership, including management of all WIAA technology systems; the organization and development of internal software applications, solutions and security systems; managing office hardware inventory; and directing and coordinating the technology maintenance of the WIAA website.
His experience includes 27 years in the information technology field. Most recently, he served as executive director for technology solutions, and technical manager for web solutions at CESA 6 in Oshkosh, Wis., from 2007-22. Among his responsibilities were the designing and development of web applications, implementing technology security systems, improving and initiating efficient workflow management for system operations projects, and negotiating and executing technology partnerships.
Gutknecht was also a member of the CESA 6 Executive Council and Cabinet as well as a member of the CESA 6 and Web Solutions Leadership Teams.
Other roles served at CESA 6 includes web applications coordinator, which included responsibilities for managing school and district website projects from 2007-11 that encompassed design and programming services. His role also included content management system product development as well as system administration.
In addition, Gutknecht worked as a project manager at Whitmannhart in Wauwatosa, Wis., from 2006-07. The position responsibilities entailed project and client management for domestic and international web interactive projects for a Fortune 500 corporate client.
He has a background and interest in athletics, competing in tennis and participating in basketball prior to graduating from Beaver Dam High School in 1997. Gutknecht has served as junior varsity head boys tennis coach and varsity assistant at Beaver Dam High School from 2007-09 and in the same capacity with the girls tennis program at Onalaska High School in 2001. He has also served as a volunteer youth assistant basketball coach and board member of Beaver Dam Positively Hoops.
Gutknecht received a bachelor of liberal studies degree in organizational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2008.
He resides in Beaver Dam with his wife, Lisa. They have two children, Emily and Abigail.
The WIAA, as defined by its Constitution, is a voluntary, unincorporated, and nonprofit organization. The membership oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 514 senior high schools and 43 junior high/middle level schools in its membership.
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