Chris Kaufman was promoted to Assistant Commissioner on June 4, 2012 and administers boys and girls golf and boys and girls tennis for the IHSAA. Since joining the Association in 2006 as Communications Director, he has managed and developed all IHSAA media properties and served as the official spokesperson for the Association. Specifically, Chris oversees all aspects of the IHSAA Champions Television Network and IHSAAtv.org web streaming. In addition, he serves as the liaison for corporate partnerships, community relations, business media, and provides support for the 20 IHSAA state championship events.
Prior to joining the IHSAA, Kaufman spent 16 years as Director of Marketing and Communications for Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. In addition to his administrative duties, Kaufman served as an assistant football coach for 16 years and assistant baseball coach for seven years. Kaufman also served (1993-2005) as the Sports Information Director for the Indiana Basketball All-Stars who compete annually in the Indiana/Kentucky All-Star Series. In addition, he has assisted in events such as the Indiana Football North/South All-Star Game, two men’s and women’s NCAA Final Four Championship tournaments, Women’s Big 10 Championship tournaments, and numerous invitational and classic events. In 2000, Kaufman was awarded the Ken Leffler Memorial Award by the Indiana Football Coaches Association for his contributions.
Kaufman graduated in 1990 from the University of Indianapolis earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration while playing for the Greyhounds Football and Baseball teams on scholarship. He competed as a place-kicker and punter for the Greyhounds earning All-Conference and Pre-Season All-American honors. A Kokomo native, Kaufman graduated from Northwestern High School in 1984, earning eight varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball.
Kaufman and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Mary Katherine (Katie), and Blake. Stephanie is a graduate of Warren Central High School and was a member of the school’s 1984 State Runner-Up basketball team. She was named an Indiana All-Star and played collegiately at the University of Indianapolis. They reside in Indianapolis.