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Dr. Dan Ross announces retirement as executive director from OHSAA

Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director Dr. Dan Ross will retire from that position on Sept. 15.

His resignation was accepted and announced by Twitter during the monthly OHSAA board meeting on Thursday in Columbus. No other details were given. A release is expected on Thursday afternoon.

Ross has been in that position since Aug. 1, 2004 when he succeeded Clair Muscaro. Like Muscaro before him, Ross oversaw a myriad of changes to the OHSAA, none more impactful than the competitive balance issue that was instituted this school year.

Ross has been plagued by health issues in recent years. He suffered a heart attack in November 2015 following routine colon surgery for diverticulitis. He remains on a national donor list for a heart transplant. He took a long leave of absence to recover and had eased back into daily OHSAA duties.

A Portsmouth native, he also served as a superintendent, principal, teacher, counselor, coach and contest official prior to accepting the OHSAA position as commissioner.

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