officers, directors, and assigners

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dave misel

President

Dave Misel is currently serving in his first term as GKCOA President. Dave began working football and basketball in 1981. He worked a lot of lower level games early in his career and worked on Steve Taylor and Ken Raffety's crew in his early years before moving to Rich Wylies crew in Kansas City. When Rich retired he became the white hat.

Dave has belonged to MCOA, GKCOA, PEBO, and North Central officials associations.

He has worked one state championship in basketball in 2004.

In 1994, Bill George hired Dave to work in the Heart of America conference, working there 10 years, including 3 NAIA playoff games.

In 2004, Bill Lowe hired him into the MIAA conference where he worked 10 seasons retiring in 2013.

Since taking over the crew in Kansas City, they have worked numerous playoff games including state championship games in 2006 and 2016.

Dave continues to work lower level games in KC area to mentor young officials. "I have made a lot of friends in the officiating world. I have been fortunate to work with some great people that have mentored me and I want to return the favor to our young officials in the Kansas City area."

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Vetta Manning

secretary

This is Vetta Manning’s first year serving as the GKCOA secretary. She has been a member of GKCOA for 7 years and officiates Volleyball and Basketball for the association. She has always had a love for sport and competition since she was a young child. Being a part of GKCOA provides her the opportunity to stay involved and give back to the sports community in the Greater Kansas City area. 

 

Vetta is a local girl. She graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1997 and went on to play NAIA collegiate basketball at Ottawa University. She graduated from Ottawa University in 2001 with a BA in Secondary mathematics, and later earned her MS from Concordia University in Curriculum and Instruction with a math emphasis. One of her first jobs was working as a referee in the IYAA league growing up. She is very happy to be able to continue serving the kids and families in the community through officiating. 

 

Vetta Manning is the proud mother of 1 daughter that attends KU. She worked for the Parkhill school district for 5 years and has worked in the Lee’s Summit school district the last 21 years. Over that time she served as a high school and club basketball coach.

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kevin rowald

Treasurer

Kevin is the Director of Parking & Transportation for the University of Kansas Medical Center where he oversees all aspects of theDepartment.  


He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southwest Texas University is a member of the International Parking and Mobility Institute where currently serves on the Continuing Education Committee.

 

Kevin is passionate about high school and youth sports and recognizes the positive influence that professional officials provide to all participants.

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Jason hill

Vice President of basketball

Jason is the VP of Basketball. 

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Jim Rusconi

Vice President of football

Vice President of Football Jim Rusconi is one of the most senior members of the GKCOA in not only years of service to high school athletics, but post season assignments as well.  His officiating career began in 1963 as both a football and basketball official while a freshman at Rockhurst High School.

Jim became a registered official with the state of Missouri in 1969 and since that time has worked numerous playoff games including the Class 1 state championship in 2003.  Before knee injuries forced Jim to retire in 1998 he was a highly decorated official on the hardwood. He worked numerous MSHSAA playoff games and in 1983 he officiated the National Christian College Division II Championship tournament.  In 1998 Jim was appointed as a MSHSAA basketball mechanics observer a position that he still holds.

A member of the GKCOA since 1973 Jim has been given many awards including the "Steve Connor Football Award", "Dub Gleason Basketball Award", "Bill Pickett Lifetime Achievement Award" and honored by MSHSAA for 25 years of service.

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Ken Corum

Vice President of volleyball

Ken Corum is serving in his third term as Vice President of Volleyball for the GKCOA.  Ken has officiated volleyball and basketball in the Kansas City area since relocating from eastern Iowa nearly 20 years ago.

Ken has been selected to officiate two state volleyball tournaments in Kansas (2000, 2001) and one in Missouri (2015), along with line judging in the NCAA Division I volleyball tournament (2012-2016).  In addition, he is a long time club volleyball referee, working at the USAV junior national championships in New Orleans during the summer of 2015.

 

He recently completed his Doctorate and teaches in the Math Department at Staley High School. Ken lives in the Northland with his teenage son, Murphy.

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Terry stevens

vice president of baseball/softball

My name is Terry Stevens and I am the first Vice President of Baseball/Softball for the GKCOA's expansion into Baseball and Softball. I was born and raised in St. Louis (go Cardinals and Blues!). I graduated from Affton High School in 1976 and from UMSL in 1980. I have two MA's from UMKC (Education and European History).

 

I moved to KC in 1980 to begin teaching at New Mark Middle School in the NKC District. After 4 years, I transferred to Winnetonka and taught history and government for 27 years before retiring following the 2010-11 school year. I coached football for 6 years and baseball for 17. I am widowed and have one son, Brendan, who is 26.

 

I began umpiring in 1973, doing 7 and 8 year old baseball and softball for $3 a game. I have worked high school, tournament, Legion, MINK and D-II baseball. I have worked numerous sectionals and quarterfinals and went to state in 2010 and 2014. In softball, I have worked high school (State 2008, 2013, and 2017) Men's and Women's Class A fast pitch (in St. Louis in the 70's) and various house leagues in St. Louis. My first umpire instructor was a former minor league umpire, Roy Jaeger. Roy taught me to always hustle, be loud, make your calls quick and walk away tough. He said the most important thing though, was to have fun. Umpiring is hard enough without seeming like work. Those are lessons that have stuck with me.

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dixie wescott

at-large director

Dixie retired as an Assistant Principal in 2020, after serving the educational community for 35 years.  She has coached volleyball and Track & Field at both the high school and collegiate levels.  After she stepped away from coaching, she joined the ranks of officiating.

 

Dixie has been a Volleyball Official for 16 years.  As a former high school and college volleyball coach, she wanted to stay connected with the sport and decided to become an official.  She has worked the State Volleyball Tournament on four different occasions.  In 2019, she was selected at the MSHSAA Official Of The Year.

 

Besides her role as a Board Member for ____ years, she also serves at the President of the GKCOA Scholarship Committee.  She too, in the MSHSAA Rules Interpreter for the Kansas City area.  She will begin her third term this 2022 season.

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jesse hall

at-large director

I have officiated basketball for 51 years going back to 1969. I have also officiated biddy basketball elementary basketball, middle/junior high, high school, JUCO, NAIA, International, PROgressive, Wheel Chair and NBA games. I was a PRO-AM paid clinician for 5 years.

On December 13, 1983, Jesse Hall and Joe Borgia worked the highest scoring game in NBA history in Denver, CO. DETROIT 186 – DENVER 184 (3OT).

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john kilmer

at-large director

John began his officiating career in Nebraska after playing college basketball. He moved to Missouri in
1988 and registered in basketball in 1990. His basketball career included 3 trips to the MSHSAA Final
Four highlighted by a thrilling 101-90 5A Championship game in which Webster Groves defeated
Chaminade. He was selected as the MSHSAA Boys Official of the Year for the 2018 season. He began his
football officiating career in 1992 and was lucky enough to work varsity football in his very first season.
Toward the latter part of his high school officiating days he took over the Referee position and was
fortunate enough to work the first overtime game in MSHSAA Show Me Bowl history. That 4A
Championship game featured Clayton and Webb City. Clayton prevailed in OT 27-26 as Webb City went
for the win after scoring a TD in the second series of the OT and failed to convert. In 1997 he was hired
into the MIAA conference as a Line Judge where he worked for the next 13 years. Toward the end of his
tenure in the MIAA he was selected to work the National Championship 4 consecutive years. In 2010 he
was hired into the Southland Conference where he worked the next 2 years. In 2012 he was hired into
the Western Athletic Conference. In 2013 he was hired into the Mountain West Conference where he is
still currently working. He has worked numerous post season bowl games and worked the Mountain
West Conference Championship game following the 2021 season. He is currently serving the GKCOA as
an at-large board member and is the Co-Assignor for Basketball.

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dan ogle

Basketball assigner

This coming season will be my 48th year as a registered basketball official with MSHSAA.  I have had the privilege to be selected to 6 state finals and been honored as a Missouri Basketball Official of the Year.   I have also been certified in baseball, softball and football. I am past president of the GKCOA having served a 6 year term.

 

I currently assign basketball officials for the GKCOA and will  begin my 5th year as softball and baseball assigner for the Suburban Conference. In addition, I will begin my 30th year as basketball rules interpreter.  I currently serve as a MSHSAA observer in the sports of football, basketball, baseball and softball.  One last duty is to run the Mentor Program in basketball for the conference. 

 

I am retired from the Independence School District, having spent 31 years in education.  Twenty of those years as the AD at William Chrisman HS.

I am Married to Rhonda.  We have 6 kids and 11 grandchildren. 

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david Thompson

volleyball assigner

I Started officiating football and basketball in Louisville, KY. Added volleyball after moving back to MO. I have helped train and assign officials in volleyball and basketball. I've officiated volleyball (small college and high school), football (semi-pro and college), basketball (USBL/IBA/ABA/PBL, college, high school), lacrosse, softball, baseball. I've also been a volunteer with Special Olympics for 20+ years at local, regional, state, national, and world games levels. I have officiated in 15+ states.

When not officiating, I like to ride my road bicycle, work with community charitable events, read, work puzzles, travel, go to wine tastings, mow the lawn, research family history, listen to jazz/R&B/soul/classic rock, and watch classic movies.

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john hill

football assigner