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Track and Field Rules Committee Welcomes New Members - 2020 (1)

By nfhs on April 17, 2020 Track & Field/Cross Country article Print

NFHS rules writing committees consist of experts in the given sport.  Each committee member is nominated by state associations, as is the chairperson, who guides the members through their work.  Each of the NFHS’s eight sections are represented on the given rules committee.  To allow for equal representation, there is also a member of the NFHS Coaches Association and the NFHS Officials Association on each rules committee.  Each committee member serves a four-year term.

The NFHS is pleased to welcome four new members of the Track and Field Rules Committee: Cody Inglis, Paul Neidig, Mike Whaley, and Shannon Whitmer

Cody Inglis, Chair, has been an Assistant Director with the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) since January of 2014 after serving for 20 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal at Suttons Bay High School (1995-2007) and at Traverse City Central High School (2007-2014).  While at Suttons Bay, Inglis coached both Boys and Girls Cross Country and Track as the Head Coach for all programs for 13 years.  Inglis successfully guided his programs to Conference, Regional and State-Runner-up finishes and coached over 25 All-State athletes and 3 state champions in Track. 

At the MHSAA, Inglis has direct responsibility for the sports of Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Bowling, Golf, Downhill Skiing and all Junior High/Middle Schools in Michigan.  He also assists in Track and Field and is involved in both the administration and instructing of the MHSAA Coaches Advancement Program.  

Inglis also competed in high school (Portage Northern, MI) and college (Hope College) in both Cross Country and Track and Field, earning Academic All-America honors and serving as Captain in both sports.  A native of Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, Inglis is married to wife Carrie and together they have three sons, Reid, Nolan and Ty.  They reside in DeWitt, Michigan where Cody coaches all three boys in youth athletics, including hockey, baseball and soccer.  

Paul Neidig, Section IV,joined the IHSAA staff July 1, 2017 as an Assistant Commissioner. Neidig is responsible for cross country, boys basketball, boys and girls track and field, and unified track and field.

Prior to joining the Association office, Neidig enjoyed a 31-year career with Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, most recently as Chief of Staff and Director of Athletics. He also served as its Chief Administrative Officer from 2012 to 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2012 and Director of Athletics at Evansville Central High School from 2001 to 2010. Before that, Neidig had worked at Evansville Central as a teacher, department chair, head coach and assistant coach for boys basketball, assistant athletic director and technology director between 1985 and 2001.

He was a continuous member of the IHSAA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2017 and served as Chairman of the Executive Committee three times in 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2015-16.

Neidig earned a B.S. degree in Technology Education in 1985 from Eastern Illinois University. He later earned an M.A. in Education from the University of Southern Indiana in 1994. A native of Poseyville, he is a 1981 graduate of North Posey High School.

Neidig and his wife, Jean, are the parents of three adult children, Ashley (Charlie Grimes), Chris, and Kyle (Erin Neidig).

Mike Whaley, Section VI, is currently serving as the Associate Director for the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.  After a 30-year career as a coach, teacher and school administrator in the Oklahoma, Mike began his time at OSSAA as the Director of Officials and Director of Baseball in 2009. In 2017 he became the Associate Director and moved to Track and Field, Football and Basketball administration.  He has served the NFHS on the Football Rules Committee, the Officials Advisory Committee and the Baseball Rules Committee.

Shannon Whitmer, Section VIII, is in her 24th year as a teacher and coach in the Pocatello School District in Pocatello, Idaho. She is currently teaching Health Professions, Medical Terminology and Health at Pocatello High School.  She coaches the Cross Country and Track and Field teams at PHS, they have been very successful with a number of individual and team champions. 

Shannon is very involved in many aspects of track and field. She is the Assistant Meet Director for the Simplot Games, is a Camp Director for a summer track camp, organizes a summer track club and volunteers at a local marathon and college meets.  She also is a representative for the Idaho State Coaches Association and sits on the sports Board of Control for her District.

The new members take over for Brad Garrett (Chair), Cody Inglis (Section 4), Jenn Roberts-Uhlig (Section 6) and Jeff Carpenter (Section 8). All outgoing committee members served the membership well. The Track & Field Rules Committee Meeting will take place June 15-17, 2020 in Indianapolis, IN.