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Mike Powers

Mike Powers has been a track official for 30 years.  He began his track career at Oakland High School in Oakland, Illinois where he earned 15 varsity letters in football, basketball, track, golf, and baseball.  He graduated from Oakland High School in 1973.  After high school, Mike attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois where he earned varsity letters in basketball and track where he was a pole-vaulter. 

After graduating from Millikin in 1977, he started teaching math at Pecatonica High School in Pecatonica, Illinois.  He also coached football, basketball, and track there.  In 1980, he moved to Morris High School in Morris, Illinois where he taught math and coached football, basketball, and track.  In 1984, he moved to St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Illinois where he coached football and basketball.  In 2006, he moved on to West Aurora High School where he teaches math and is an assistant varsity football coach where he coaches the Offensive Line.  He plans on retiring from teaching in the spring of 2014.

Mike started officiating track and field in 1984.  He has officiated many invitational track meets, conference meets, and sectionals over the years.  He has worked the pole vault pit at the state track meet for many years.  He was the Referee for the Girls State track meet in 2006 and 2008.  He was the Field Event Referee in 2005 and 2011.  He was the starter for the state track meet in 2007, 2009, and 2010.  He was the starter for the 3A Girls State Cross-country meet in 2012.  He was NFHS/IHSA Girls Track Official of the Year in 2006.  He has been Referee and/or Starter at the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Mike also served as an official for NCAA and USATF track meets.  He was an official/starter for the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) National meet in 2011, 2012, and 2013.  He was the starter for the finals in 2012 and the head official in 2013. 

Mike has been involved with the Illinois Track & Cross Country Officials Association (ITCCOA) since 2004.  He was Section Leader in 2004 and 2005, Secretary/Treasurer in 2006 and 2007, Vice-President in 2008 and 2009, and President in 2010 and 2011.  He started the ITCCOA Track Officials Clinic in 2009 which targets 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year officials.  He is still the Clinic Director and has taken over the Mentoring Program for ITCCOA.  He has mentored many track officials over the years.