Bobby Cox began his role as the eighth Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association in 2011. Prior to that appointment, he had served as assistant commissioner since 2000 administering the sports of football, boys’ golf, boys’ and girls’ track and field, and wrestling.
In addition to leading the IHSAA, Cox currently serves on five different boards of directors including the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, the Indiana Sports Corp., the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and the IHSAA Foundation.
Previously, Cox was a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee serving as the Chairman of the Research subcommittee from 2008-2011. Additionally, Cox served as a member of the NFHS Coaches’ Education committee from 2002-2006 and as an advisor to the Commission on Sports Medicine of the Indiana State Medical Association.
Prior to joining the IHSAA, Cox had spent the previous 21 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator in the Carmel Clay Schools. He served as athletics and activities director at Clay Junior High from 1990-97, and as the athletic director at Carmel High School from 1997-2000. At Carmel High School, his responsibilities included management of 54 athletic teams and 97 coaches who annually served more than 1,100 student athletes. During his tenure as Carmel High School athletic director, he served as the host administrator for numerous IHSAA tournament events, including the cross country and softball state finals.
Professionally, Cox has also earned the designation of Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Cox is a 1975 graduate of Carmel High School, where he participated in cross country and track and field. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Butler University in 1979 and a master’s degree in secondary education from Butler in 1987.
Cox and his wife, Kathy, the former athletic director at Clay Middle School, reside in Carmel.