Paul Neidig appointed next IHSAA Commissioner
INDIANAPOLIS – John (Paul) Neidig, who has enjoyed a 34-year career in secondary education and athletic administration, has been named by the Executive Committee as the next commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc.
Neidig has been an IHSAA assistant commissioner since 2017 and will officially assume the position on August 1 succeeding Bobby Cox. Cox announced his intention to retire this summer on Jan. 16.
The Poseyville, Ind. native will become the ninth individual to serve as IHSAA commissioner. He follows Bobby Cox (2011-20), Blake Ress (2000-2011), Bob Gardner (1995-2000), C. Eugene Cato (1983-1995), Ward E. Brown (1976-1983), Phil N. Eskew (1962-1976), L.V. Phillips (1945-1962) and Arthur L. Trester (1929- 1945).
Neidig, 56, joined the IHSAA staff on July 1, 2017, as an assistant commissioner and has administered the sports of boys and girls cross country, boys basketball, boys and girls track and field, and unified track and field.
“I’m very humbled to be chosen to become the next commissioner of the IHSAA,” said Neidig. “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.”