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Hall of Fame 2014

Ron McGraw graduated from ROWVA High School in 1975. As a student athlete there he enjoyed Track and Field, football and most of all his high school sweet heart, Rosemary who later became his wife. After high school he earned an Associate Degree in Technology from Morrison Institute of Technology. Later he earned his Bachelor’s Degree and two Master’s Degrees from Western Illinois University.

After earning his Associates Degree, Ron worked for three years as a land surveyor and draftsman in Galesburg Illinois near his home town of Oneida. After returning to and graduating from WIU, Ron started a career in education. He began his career in education as a teacher and coach at Sherrard High School where he worked for seven years. While there he coached wrestling, football and golf. He then joined the administrative staff at Monmouth High School as assistant principal/athletic director. Ron worked at Monmouth for three years before moving on to Knoxville High School where he served as the high school principal for the next 10 years. While at Knoxville High School, Ron served the IHSA as an elected member of the Board of Directors. He also served on the Golf Advisory Committee, the All-State Academic Team Selection Committee and as chair of the Legislative Commission for several years.

On December 8, 2003, Ron was named an assistant executive director with the IHSA. Over the last ten years he has served as the IHSA administrator for Track and Field, Cross Country, Swimming and Diving, Scholastic Bowl, He conducts the Girls 1A Golf Championship and administers the IHSA Coaches Education/Certification Program. As an IHSA administrator he has served on the T&F and swimming and diving national rules committees for the National Federation of High Schools. Other interesting duties assigned to Ron by the IHSA include being the Office Facilities Manager, Director of the annual inner office pinewood derby and coordinator of the annual staff chili cook-off!

Working for the IHSA has been extremely rewarding for Ron. It has been the work within the track and field arena that has been the most gratifying to him. The people he has met in this large family of officials and coaches have been some of the kindest, most giving people he has known in his life. One of his most memorable moments was hanging a state final medal on his son Mike at both the T&F and Cross Country state finals. Being allowed to do this in the presence and with the support of his many T&F and cross country friends made the experiences two of the proudest moments of his life.

Ron and Ro will retire together following the 15-16 school year. They plan to spend their time visiting their two children Mallory and Mike and hopefully even chasing some grandchildren one day.