CHSAA tabs new boss

Krueger tabbed to run state's athletics/activities association

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AURORA -- The Colorado High School Activities Association's board of directors chose its new leader March 7.

He is Mike Krueger, who will become the association's 10th commissioner. He replaces Rhonda Blanford-Green,, who steps down at the end of this school year.
“Educationally-based, co-curricular activities and athletics serve a greater purpose, and it is the caring, dedicated and passionate people that make up our CHSAA staff and our membership that drive our incredible mission to provide opportunities for participation,” Krueger told CHSAANow.com. “It is a privilege to serve and work alongside each and every one of these gifted leaders. We have an incredible platform through athletics and activities to really have a profound and positive impact on the lives of our students.”

Krueger's present job is as senior director of education for USA Football. CHSAA officials called it "one of the largest national governing bodies of sport associated with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee." Krueger has been a teacher and counselor at Palisade High School from 1995-2006. After that, he was the director of district athletics and activities at Palisade and with the Aurora Public Schools. He moved to USA football in 2014, first as director of coaching and then as senior director of education.

Krueger was a trustee in the Town of Palisade and was mayor pro-tem. As he was doing those jobs, he was a voting member of CHSAA's legislative council, chairman of the CHSAA football committee, a member of the sports medicine advisory and softball committees and was president of the Western Slope League.
“Michael brings an exceptional amount of experience, knowledge and leadership to our association,” CHSAA Board President Luke DeWolfe told CHSAANow.com. “His unique background as a Colorado educator, counselor, coach, rural small-school athletic director and district athletic director in a large, urban school district were key considerations. That experience, coupled with Mike’s work with USA Football and his passion for educationally-based athletics in the state of Colorado are true assets to the association."
Blanford-Green has been the commissioner the past five years. She was the first African-American female commissioner of a state association. She is the president of the board of directors at USA Cheer.

“I know I have some big shoes to fill, and I will work tirelessly to continue the great work that my friend and colleague Rhonda Blanford-Green has established here,” Krueger told CHSAANow.com. “Her commitment and passion for educationally-based athletics is second-to-none, and I, along with our membership, can honor her work by demonstrating that same level of passion and dedication."

The field of finalists also included CHSAA assistant commissioner Beth Brookens and District 11 (Colorado Springs) athletic director Chris Noll.
“Honestly, when I just sit and think about the opportunity to work alongside this talented CHSAA staff and to serve next to our membership, who are easily the most dedicated, hard-working and caring people you will find anywhere on the planet, well, I just feel very blessed and humbled, and I can’t wait to get to work,” Krueger told CHSAANow.com.

Krueger takes over July 1.

CHSAA, new CHSAA commissioner, Mike Krueger, Rhonda Blanford-Green

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