STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Molly O’Brien was named administrative assistant with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association in March with the impending retirement of Dorothy Sankey.
O’Brien serves as an assistant to Assistant Director LeVar Ridgeway, a position formerly held by Sheila Schulfer, who transitioned into the position vacated by Sankey.
Most recently, O’Brien served four years working with Ridgeway as an administrative assistant at Shorewood High School. In addition, she coached the Shorewood junior varsity girls basketball team for three seasons and was an assistant girls varsity basketball coach at Homestead High School from 2009-14. She also gained work experience as a wellness specialist at the YMCA of Metro Milwaukee from 2007-2018.
O’Brien earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007 and master of science degree in Sports Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2015.
A former standout on the hardwood, O’Brien will be inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in September for her exploits at Columbus High School from 1998-2002. She also played collegiately at UW-Milwaukee. O’Brien finished her career ranked fourth on the Panthers’ career list for games played and steals, and fifth on the all-time rebounding record book.
Sankey retired on March 18 after 33 years of service to the WIAA membership. Since joining the staff in 1989, she had various responsibilities, including working with membership and co-op applications, contracts, insurance and rule books. Most recently she served as system coordinator.
The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 516 senior high schools and 45 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It sponsors 27 championship Tournament Series for boys and girls in 2021-22. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.
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