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IHSAA tabs Paul Neidig to replace retiring Bobby Cox as association’s 9th commissioner

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, March 20, 2020, 11:49 am

While the Indiana High School Athletic Association might not know when student-athletes in the state might be back on the floor or field, they know who will lead the association forward into the future.

Assistant commissioner Paul Neidig, 56, was selected to replace the retiring Bobby Cox as the IHSAA’s ninth commissioner when the latter retires this summer after nine years in the big seat. 

“I’m very humbled to be chosen to become the next commissioner of the IHSAA,” Neidig said in a news release. “I’m proud to be a part of this organization and lead it into the future. “Our primary focus will continue to be promoting and supporting education-based athletics in our state. … 

“Also, I ask everyone to please be safe during these unprecedented times. Listen to our state’s health experts and take care of yourselves and your family and we will get through these difficult times.”

A 1981 graduate of North Posey High School, Neidig has a Bachelor of Science degree in technology education from Eastern Illinois University — where he played basketball for four years — and a Masters of Arts in education from Southern Indiana University.

He spent the last three years as IHSAA assistant commissioner, after 13 years on the association’s board of directors, and was chair of the association’s executive committee three times during his 31 years with Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, nine of those as the director of athletics at Evansville Central. He was IIAA athletic director of the year in 2007, and won the distinguished service award in 2013, earning administrator of the year honors in 2012 from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. 

“On behalf of the IHSAA Executive Committee, we are excited to confirm Paul Neidig as the next commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association,” said Knightstown HS director of athletics Matt Martin, chairman of the IHSAA executive committee. “Paul has some great thoughts and ideas about how to continue leading the association and its member schools. We feel the organization is in great hands and we look forward to working with him.”