Theresia Wynns joined the IHSAA as an Assistant Commissioner in 1997. Wynns is responsible for girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and boys’ and girls’ tennis and also oversees the IHSAA’s Officials department., sportsmanship program, tournament merchandising.
Prior to joining the IHSAA, Wynns had spent the previous 26 years as a teacher and administrator in the Indianapolis Public Schools and Warren Township Schools in Indianapolis. She served as principal at Creston Middle School in Warren Township from 1987-97, directing a staff of 93 and a student body of 787.
Previously, Wynns had been the school’s assistant principal for three years. She began her service in Warren Township schools as dean for student services at Warren Central High School from 1981-84.
Her service in Warren Township schools followed a 10-year stint with Indianapolis Public Schools. Wynns served as a science, health and physical education teacher at PFS School No. 36 for two years and at Forest Manor School for eight years. She also coached track and field, volleyball, kickball, and cheerleading at Forest Manor.
As an official, Wynns gained her start while working on a post-graduate degree at Butler University. She was a licensed official for 19 years, working basketball, swimming, track and field, and volleyball from 1973-92. In volleyball, Wynns worked 12 sectionals, 11 regionals, and three state finals. In girls’ basketball, she worked 13 sectionals, 13 regionals, 13 semi-states, and six state finals. She officiated the girls’ basketball state championship games in 1977, 1981, and 1986. Wynns was named Indiana’s outstanding girls’ basketball official in 1983 by the IHSAA and the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association.
Wynns was an active leader in the Fall Creek Officials Association. She is a former president of that group and its chairperson for basketball. She also served as a rules interpreter in basketball and volleyball for the FCOA and at the state level.
Wynns earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from South Carolina State University. She earned her master’s degree in education from Butler in 1974 and the Ed.S. degree in supervision and administration from Indiana University in 1985.
An active community volunteer, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Mount Zion Academy, a non-profit organization, and on the Board of the Indianapolis YWCA.
In 2009, Theresia was recognized as the St. Vincent Health Silver Medal Winner by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. She serves as an Associate Director with that organization. Also in 2009, she was recognized by NFHS with a Citation recognition for Section 4. Theresia serves on the Official Education Advisory Committee and the Citizenship and Equity Committee for NFHS.
She and her husband, Joseph, have a daughter, Whitley, who attends Indiana University.