The dedicated staff at the IGHSAU is committed to providing opportunities for every school district in Iowa to provide girls with the chance to compete in Iowa high school athletics.

Working closely with the coaches, administrators, officials and staffs, the IGHSAU monitors activities for participation and opportunity for growth to support the Iowa Girl high school athlete. In addition to administrating sports, the IGHSAU conducts coaching certification courses, official education clinics and offers several scholarships that celebrate the Iowa Girl.

Each employee director oversees one or more of the 11 sanctioned sports as well as key administrative responsibilities within the organization to support the needs of the athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and fans.

  • Erin Gerlich

    Erin Gerlich

    Executive Director

    Erin Gerlich became the sixth Executive Director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in May of 2024. Gerlich served as associate director and sport administrator at the IGHSAU prior to assuming her Executive Director duties. She has served as the head of emerging sports and new projects, acted as a liaison for all sports medicine coordination and initiatives, and served as the sport administrator for wrestling and tennis. She has also led the IGHSAU Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Gerlich is credited for her instrumental role in introducing girls wrestling to the state of Iowa. Her dedication and achievements were recognized in 2023 when she was honored with the Charlotte Bailey Award from the Iowa Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association, as well as the AAU Wrestling Women’s Empowerment Award. She was also the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association President from 2022-2023, being the first female to ever hold this position for the organization. Gerlich holds a master’s degree in health promotion from Oklahoma State University and previously served as the middle school and high school activities director in the Panorama Community School District. Erin and her daughter Avery reside at Lake Panorama.

    Departments: Board of Directors, Emerging Sports, Special Projects, Community Outreach, mentoring programs

  • Jason Eslinger

    Jason Eslinger

    Senior Associate Director

    Jason Eslinger joined the IGHSAU in 1997 after serving stints in the sports information offices at Central Connecticut State and Drake University. The Grundy Center native serves in a similar capacity at the IGHSAU and also directs the softball and swimming & diving programs. Jason and his wife, Becky, reside in Prairie City with their two sons.

    Departments: Softball, Swimming & Diving, Elections, Hall of Fame, Records/Archives, Streaming, Website and Online Forms, Technology and Social Media

  • Gary Ross

    Gary Ross

    Associate Director

    Gary Ross joined the IGHSAU as an associate director in August 2017 to serve as the administrator for girls basketball, cross country and track and field. Currently, he oversees the sports of girls basketball and girls soccer. Previously, Ross served as the Johnston High School activities director for 22 years. Ross, a native of Fredericksburg, is a former president of the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association and was named its Athletic Director of the Year in 2014.

    Departments: Basketball, Soccer, Cooperative Sharing Agreements, Eligibility, Foreign Exchange Students and Sanctions

  • Taylor Anderson

    Taylor Anderson

    Assistant Director

    Taylor Anderson hails from Zearing and is a graduate of Colo-Nesco High School. The Wartburg graduate served stints as a teacher and coach at Williamsburg, Mason City and Ankeny High School. In 2017, he became the second director of the Iowa Hall of Pride, where he was the lead fundraiser while developing student leadership programs and producing the Hall of Pride's weekly YouTube show "Why Iowa?" Taylor and his wife, Holly, reside in Ankeny with their three children.

    Departments: Empowering the Iowa Girl, Branding, Bowling

  • Bruce Ennen

    Bruce Ennen

    Wrestling Officials Coordinator

    Departments: Coordinator of Wrestling Officials

  • Madison Melchert

    Madison Melchert

    Assistant Director

    Madison is a native of Grimes, IA and a graduate of Dallas Center-Grimes High School. Madison received her bachelors degree in sports and recreation management at the University of Iowa where she also competed on the track and field/cross country team. Madison served as the assistant/JH AD at Dallas Center-Grimes CSD for 3 years. Madison and her husband Michael reside in Grimes with their three children.

    Departments: Cross Country, Track and Field, Wrestling, Student Athlete Advisory Committee

  • Ben Van Wyk

    Ben Van Wyk

    Assistant Director

    Ben, a native of Grinnell and a graduate of Pella Christian High, is the sport administrator for golf and volleyball. Ben coordinates the IGHSAU's championship venues, manages the IGHSAU awards program and assists with officiating. Ben served as the Dean of Students and Activities Director at Ogden from 2016-2022. He also served as a graduate assistant for the Dordt University men's basketball program and the middle school activities director at Pella Christian. Ben and his wife, Bailey, reside in Pella with their two children.

    Departments: Volleyball, Golf, Awards, Venue Coordinator, Dragonfly

  • Kiersten Schneider

    Kiersten Schneider

    Business Manager

  • Heidi Reed

    Heidi Reed

    Program & Art Coordinator

    Heidi Reed has been at the IGHSAU since 1984. She manages artwork, publications and media assets for the organization. Reed is a native of Danbury.

    Departments: Photographs, Publications and Video/Films

  • Pam Wymer

    Pam Wymer

    Receptionist/Speech Assistant

  • Elise Boulton

    Elise Boulton

    Officials Liaison

  • Jim Albertson

    Jim Albertson

    Soccer Officials Liaison

  • Chuck Brittain

    Chuck Brittain

    Basketball Officials Liaison

  • Cathy Creighton

    Cathy Creighton

    Softball Officials Liaison

  • Deb Richarz

    Deb Richarz

    Volleyball Officials Liaison