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- Telephone: (203) 250-1111
- Fax: (203) 250-1345
- Eligibility Questions: Paul Hoey (phoeycasciacorg) , Joe Tonelli (jtonellicasciacorg) , Robert Lehr (rlehrcasciacorg)
Note: Parents and students with eligibility questions should go through the athletic department at their school. If necessary your school administration can contact the CIAC.
- Tournament Regulations: Paul Hoey (phoeycasciacorg) , Joe Tonelli (jtonellicasciacorg) , Robert Lehr (rlehrcasciacorg)
- Tournament Forms, Deadlines: Matt Fischer (mfischercasciacorg) , Judy Sylvester (jsylvestercasciacorg)
- CIAC Handbook: Paul Hoey (phoeycasciacorg) , Joe Tonelli (jtonellicasciacorg) , Robert Lehr (rlehrcasciacorg)
- Financial Matters: Cheryl Novicelli (cnovicellicasciacorg)
- Tickets: Robert Lehr (rlehrcasciacorg)
- Rulebooks: Joyce Smith (jsmithcasciacorg)
- Unified Sports: Lou Pear (lpearcasciacorg) , George Synnott (gsynnottcasciacorg) , Ken Bragg (kbraggcasciacorg) , Beth Rasmussen (brasmussencasciacorg)
- CIAC Officials’ Association: Joe Tonelli (jtonellicasciacorg)
- Coaches Certification & Recertification: Fred Balsamo (fbalsamocasciacorg)
- Athletic Program Evaluation: Paul Hoey (phoeycasciacorg) , Robert Lehr (rlehrcasciacorg)
- Website: Matt Fischer (mfischercasciacorg)
- Bulletin: Karen Packtor (kpacktorcasciacorg)
- Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships: Stephanie Ford (sfordcasciacorg)
- Media: Joel Cookson (jcooksoncasciacorg)
- B/G Basketball
- B/G Golf
- B/G Soccer
- Officials Committee
- Cooperative Team
- Eligibility Review Board
- Liaison to CIAC Board of Control
- CIAC Board Hearings
- Scholar-Athlete Banquet
- Athletic Program Evaluation
Joe Tonelli (jtonellicasciacorg)
- B/G Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Ice Hockey
- B/G Lacrosse
- B/G Indoor Track
- B/G Outdoor Track
- Seasons Limitations
- New AD Workshop
- CIAC Officials Association Advisory Board
Robert Lehr (rlehrcasciacorg)
- B/G Swimming
- B/G Tennis
- B/G Volleyball
- Chemical Health
- Athletic Program Evaluation
What began as an organization of regulation, the CIAC has grown dramatically over the years. In 1953, the CIAC merged with the Connecticut Association of Secondary Schools to create a new organization with the resources to serve the needs of secondary school students in all areas of interscholastic activity. CAS-CIAC has emerged as an informed leader in Connecticut’s education system, providing services to Connecticut’s public and parochial schools in areas ranging from academics to athletics. Today, the Association has grown to represent well over 450 of Connecticut’s public and parochial schools.
Membership in the CIAC is open to any public or parochial school in Connecticut which is accredited by the State Department of Education, any private school or academy which serves the community as a public school, and any private school holding associate institutional membership in the Connecticut Association of Schools (the parent organization of the CIAC). Virtually all public and parochial high schools in Connecticut are dues-paying members of the CIAC.
Each member school, through an annual Membership Agreement, agrees to abide by the Constitution of the Connecticut Association of Schools and by the CIAC By-Laws and Eligibility Rules.
The CIAC Board of Control, elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting each year, is the governing body for high school interscholastic sports in Connecticut. The Board, comprised of fourteen voting and three non-voting members, meets monthly during the school year. The broadly representative CIAC Board reflects the diversity of Connecticut’s schools, with representatives from large, medium and small schools, urban and rural schools, public and parochial schools, and technical schools. Through the Constitution and By-Laws, the CIAC Board is vested with the authority to develop, supervise, regulate and control interscholastic sports competition, including state championships, in 27 CIAC-sanctioned sports. The CIAC Board creates policies and practices which guide the work of sports committees and related groups, and regulates the eligibility of student athletes. The CIAC Eligibility Committee is responsible for interpreting the athletic eligibility code and to recommend to the Eligibility Review Board possible exceptions. The Eligibility Review Board is empowered to make exceptions to the eligibility code when, in its opinion, such exceptions are for just cause and further the objectives of the CIAC. A total of 27 CIAC sports committees, composed of principals, athletic directors, coaches, officials, and consultants direct the activities of each CIAC-sponsored sport including game rules, playing conditions, tournament policies, and sportsmanship initiatives.
CIAC policy is established and effected by the principals of the member schools. The principal of each CIAC member school is a voting delegate to the Legislative Body, which enacts all changes to the Constitution and By-Laws at the Annual Meeting. Thus school districts have direct involvement in creating policies and procedures.
Through the Constitution and By-Laws, all member schools and all student-athletes therein are guaranteed full due process rights through procedures carried out by the six-member Eligibility Committee and the thirteen-member Eligibility Review Board, which are charged with deciding matters of student eligibility. The Eligibility Committee considers all requests received from member schools for exceptions to the CIAC Eligibility Rules and recommend possible exceptions to the Eligibility Review Board for a final decision on all exceptions.
CIAC income is derived from the annual dues paid by member schools, from tournament gate receipts, and from corporate sponsorships and assistance.
- Cooperative Team
- Eligibility Review
- Eligibility Revision
- Officials Association Advisory Board
- Season Limitations
- Boys and Girls Golf
- Boys and Girls Indoor Track
- Boys Basketball
- Boys Cross Country
- Boys Lacrosse
- Boys Outdoor Track
- Boys Soccer
- Boys Swimming
- Boys Tennis
- Boys Volleyball
- Field Hockey
- Girls Basketball
- Girls Cross Country
- Girls Lacrosse
- Girls Outdoor Track
- Girls Soccer
- Girls Swimming
- Girls Tennis
- Girls Volleyball
- Ice Hockey
A sports enthusiast, Karissa served for four years on the Education Committee of the United States Olympic Committee, authoring the “OlympiKids School Celebration Guide,” acting as U.S. delegate to International Olympic Academies in Greece and Canada, and representing the USOC at numerous national conventions, conferences and educational programs. Karissa was also co-founder and dean of the “Passing The Torch” Academy For Youth Sport Leadership, a USOC initiative to promote leadership and the spirit of Olympism within the realm of youth sport.
A successful high school field hockey coach at Joel Barlow and Litchfield, Karissa’s teams earned four conference titles and one state championship. Karissa has served on the United States Field Hockey Association Board of Ethics since 1996 and, in the summer of 1996, she was the field hockey program leader at the International Youth Camp during the Atlanta Olympic Games. Karissa also coached high school volleyball, softball, basketball and track. In 1997, she coached a girls basketball team at the World Scholar Athlete Games which involved over 2,000 coaches and athletes from 150 countries.
Karissa has conducted numerous in-service workshops and presentations at the local, regional and national levels. She has led forums on topics such as NEASC standards and the accreditation process, Professional Learning Communities, block scheduling, literacy development, using student performance data to drive program development, brain research, curriculum mapping, and NCLB and other legislative issues.
Prior to assuming the position of executive director, Karissa served on numerous CAS and CIAC boards and committees, including:
- Sportsmanship Committee(2005-2010 / Chair: 2005-2010)
- Michaels Cup Committee (2007-2010)
- Field Hockey Committee (2007-2010)
- CIAC Board of Control – Class M Representative (2006-2010)
- High School Professional Studies Committee (2004-2010)
- Committee for the Advancement of Young Girls and Women in Sports (1996-2000)
|E-Mail: kniehoffcasciacorg (kniehoffcasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3903
Paul graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield with a bachelor’s degree in History. He began his career in education as a History teacher at Granby Memorial Junior-Senior High School. After twelve years as a teacher and assistant principal in Granby, Paul became principal of East Granby Middle and High School. He then served as principal of Rocky Hill High School for six years before assuming the principalship of Newington High School, where he worked until his retirement in 2004.
During his years as a high school principal Paul was an active and influential member of CAS-CIAC. He served as chair of some of the association’s most important and challenging boards and committees, including the CIAC Board of Control, the Financial Development Committee, the Girls’ Swimming Committee, and the Cooperative Team Committee. He also served on the Gymnastics Committee, the Boys’ Tennis Committee, the Boys’ Swimming Committee, the CAS Nominating Committee, the High School Program Committee, the Student Activities Board of Control, the High School of Control, and the CAS Board of Directors.
|E-Mail: phoeycasciacorg (phoeycasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3916
His background in Special Olympics and his experience, especially in the urban schools, make him an invaluable resource for the expanding Unified Sports program at CIAC. As an assistant director of Unified Sports, Ken is serving as both a tournament director and as an outreach person.
|E-Mail: kbraggcasciacorg (kbraggcasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3931
Cookson served as the assistant commissioner of the Landmark Conference, an association of eight NCAA Division III universities, since its inception in the Spring of 2007. While there he collaborated with the commissioner on all conference business and decisions, served as primary conference contact for member institution staff, worked with several standing committees including the Chief Executive Officers and Athletics Directors Committees, supervised the Landmark awards selection process, represented the conference at numerous championships and created conferences schedules for team sports.
Joel was also responsible for serving as the Landmark Conference’s primary media contact, crafting press releases and weekly recaps, maintaining the conference website, collecting and verifying statistics and working with the NCAA statistics staff to insure proper reporting of statistical data.
Prior to joining the Landmark Conference, Cookson spent five years (Fall 2002 – Spring 2007) as the Sports Information Director at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania where he promoted and managed the information service for 19 varsity sports at the NCAA Division III school. A native of Vermont, Cookson served as a student Sports Information Assistant at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia before graduating in May, 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While at Emory he also served as radio announcer and producer for Teamline Sports Services in Atlanta, broadcasting baseball, basketball and soccer games.
|E-Mail: jcooksoncasciacorg (jcooksoncasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3927
From 1995-2005 Matt served as president of e-fish solutions, inc., a full service web site design and programming firm. In that capacity he designed and programmed sites for private companies, professional sports teams and government agencies. Also in that role he worked with the central office staff on the development of the original CAS-CIAC website in 1997, and has since programmed all of the site’s enhancements including the online eligibility and tournament forms center, the membership and committee databases and the legislative bill tracking system. Matt, a 2003 recipient of the CAS Appreciation Award for Excellence of Service, serves as CAS-CIAC’s Director of Technology Services, webmaster and network administrator.
|E-Mail: mfischercasciacorg (mfischercasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3918
|E-Mail: sfordcasciacorg (sfordcasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3917
A decorated athletic administrator, Bob garnered numerous awards during his tenure as an athletic director in Connecticut, including the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) Athletic Director of the Year Award; the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year Award; and the NIAAA State Award of Merit. Bob’s extensive background in both high school and college athletics provides a rich framework for his work as a CIAC executive staff member. Bob is overseeing six CIAC sports committees/tournaments and is assisting in the administration of the new CIAC program evaluation initiative. He is also responsible for implementing CIAC corporate sponsorship agreements.
|E-Mail: rlehrcasciacorg (blehrcasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3935
Cheryl came to CAS with 20 years of experience in various financial positions, including 15 years working with the unique financial issues of non-profits. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts she began her career with the firm of Tofias, Fleishman, Shapiro & Co. in Cambridge MA. Prior to joining CAS she spent 10 years as the Controller at Wallingford (CT) Country Club, where she was responsible for all aspects of the general ledger and financial presentation, preparation for the year end audit, and weekly payroll preparation and all human resource items. Before that she spent three years as the Director of Finance for the Meriden (CT) YMCA.
|E-Mail: cnovicellicasciacorg (cnovicellicasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3928
Lou served as district director for the Elementary and Middle School Principals’ Association of Connecticut (EMSPAC) and was instrumental in the merger of EMSPAC and CAS. Lou also served as chair of the Connecticut Association of Elementary School Principals Board of Directors and as state representative to the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Lou is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where he earned his bachelor, master and sixth-year degrees.
As director of Unified Sports®, Lou is responsible for the overall administration and operation of the CIAC/Special Olympics Unified Sports® Program. His responsibilities include: coordinating all Unified Sports® events/tournaments; preparing and administering the overall budget; working in the area of public relations to recruit new schools into the program; training all Unified Sports® coaches and volunteers; and providing leadership and direction to the volunteer committees that help administer the program.
|E-Mail: lpearcasciacorg (lpearcasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3904
|E-Mail: brasmussencasciacorg (brasmussencasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3937
As assistant director of Unified Sports®, George is responsible for tournament operations as well as outreach. He will work in the area of public relations to recruit new schools into the program; train Unified Sports® coaches and volunteers; and assist in coordinating all Unified Sports® events.
George is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. He earned two master’s degrees at Central Connecticut State University.
|E-Mail: gsynnottcasciacorg (gsynnottcasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3932
Joe is a 1962 graduate of Notre Dame High School and was a teacher, coach and athletic director at his alma mater for 39 years. Before becoming the school’s athletic director, Joe was Notre Dame’s basketball coach for 11 years. In addition, he served as the assistant baseball coach at the University of New Haven for 14 seasons. His coaching accomplishments earned him induction into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Joe was a 1966 graduate of the University of South Carolina where he captained the baseball team. He received his master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and he was among the first of the nation’s athletic directors to achieve the status of Certified Athletic Administrator by the NIAAA.
Joe is a past president and “founding father” of the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors. He became active in the work of the CIAC in 1979 and served the association in the following capacities:
- CIAC Board of Control (CAAD Consultant)
- Season Limitations Committee
- CIAC Eligibility Review Committee
- Officials Coordinator for Baseball Tournament
- CIAC Representative to the National Federation Athletic Directors Advisory Committee
Joe also served as a member of the CIAC Officials Committee for 27 years and was a liaison to the football, basketball and swimming officials. In 2000, Joe received the prestigious CAS Citation, the association’s highest honor.
|E-Mail: jtonellicasciacorg (jtonellicasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3929
- Karol Brzozowski – Secretary for Unified Sports
E-Mail: kbrzozowskicasciacorg (kbrzozowskicasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3950
- Jadwiga Herrmann-Brown – Receptionist, Secretary for CIAC Officials Association
E-Mail: jbrowncasciacorg (jbrowncasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3940
- Barbara Horn – Secretary for Unified Sports
E-Mail: bhorncasciacorg (bhorncasciacorg)
- Joyce Smith – CIAC Rule Books
E-Mail: jsmithcasciacorg (jsmithcasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3905
- Judy Sylvester – Secretary for All CIAC Executive Staff and CAAD
E-Mail: jsylvestercasciacorg (jsylvestercasciacorg)
Telephone: 203-250-1111, ext. 3907
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