In a special ceremony at halftime of the 4A championship game, Mark Holsapple
will be honored as the 2006 recipient of the Interscholastic Officials Association
Award for football.The IHSAA
, in cooperation with the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association
, recognizes and honors an outstanding official in 11 sports during the school year.
A resident of Evansville, Holsapple
has held a football officials license for 19 years working a sectional every year as well as 16 regionals, seven semi-states and has earned assignments to the state finals on four occassions -- 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2005.Holsapple
was selected for this award by a committee of representatives from the 26 officials associations throughout the state of Indiana.He
was nominated by his
peers in the Southern Indiana Officials Association
. While a member of that association, Holsapple has served as a football rules interpreter at both the state and local levels, been a clinician, elected to its Board of Directors and served as football chairman.
In addition, he
also maintains a license in basketball.Professionally, Holsapple is employed by Kight Home Center as a store manager in the Evansville area where he's worked for 27 years.He is a graduate of Bosse High School and Ball State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1978 in Law Enforcement and Political Science.He also played football for the Cardinals and was selected for the North South All-Star Game out of Bosse in 1973 after earning all-state honors as a prep senior.In 2002, he worked as a referee in the All-Star Game.He
wife of 28 years, Kathy, have three grown children, Shelby, and twin sons Casey and Corey, and two grandchildren, Leo and Ce Ce.