BATON ROUGE, LA (August 7, 2015) — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) officially announced today that Rhonda Blanford-Green has been hired for the position of Assistant Executive Director. She joins the 15-person staff which includes current assistant directors BJ Guzzardo and Keith Alexander.
Blanford-Green boasts an extensive 19-year career at the state association level. She held the same position with the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) from 1996-2012. At the CHSAA Blanford-Green primary duties included overseeing the sports of boys’ soccer, cheerleading and dance, track and field, cross country, ice hockey and skiing. She also maintained positions in marketing, public relations, legislator relations, liaison to the Colorado Athletic Directors Association (CADA), Title IX compliance and chaired multiple committees at the national level.
In 2012 Blanford-Green became the first African-American woman to lead a state governing body when she accepted the Executive Director position with the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA), which she held for three years.
As Assistant Executive Director of the LHSAA, Blanford-Green will be responsible for the sports of volleyball, girls’ and boys’ basketball and tennis, as well as the non-sanctioned state cheerleading competition, Title IX compliance and any other duties assigned by the Executive Director.
After starring at Aurora Central High School in Aurora, Colorado, Blanford-Green went on to the University of Nebraska where she became a 10-time All-American and 18-time Big 8 Conference champion in track & field. Blanford-Green received a degree in mass communication from the University of Wyoming in Laramie while coaching track & field. She then moved back to Colorado to work for Aurora Public Schools and coach at her alma mater before accepting her position with the CHSAA. Blanford-Green also serves on the national board for USA Cheer and was inducted into the CHSAA’s Hall of Fame in 2012.
About the LHSAA
The LHSAA is a private entity that provides and regulates interscholastic athletic programs that promote fair and equitable competition among its member schools that is in the best interest of the student-athlete. For more information about the LHSAA, visit http://www.LHSAA.org.