The LHSAA broke down more barriers by hiring Rhonda Blanford-Green as an assistant executive director Friday. The 51-year-old Blanford-Green is the second LHSAA administrator hired from another state in the past nine months, joining Executive Director Eddie Bonine.
Blanford-Green served as executive director of the Nebraska School Activities Association for the past three years and has 19 years experience on the state association level, including a stint as an assistant director in her home state, Colorado.
“I was so impressed with the vision and the energy I felt when I interviewed,” Blanford-Green said. “There were several openings out there, but this was the only one I interviewed for.
“The state associations are a tight-knit community. We all know each other, and I’m familiar with LHSAA through that. I look forward to being part of the hard-working group and embracing the culture.”
Blanford-Green was the first African-American woman hired as a state association director when she took over at Nebraska in 2012. The LHSAA move allows Blanford-Green to work with individual sports and activities once again.
She replaces Ronda Richardson, who resigned earlier this summer in order to return to the Monroe area. Volleyball, girls and boys basketball, soccer, tennis, the non-anctioned state cheerleading competition and Title IX compliance will be among Blanford-Green’s duties on the 15-member LHSAA staff that includes two other assistant directors, B.J. Guzzardo and Keith Alexander. She also will have other duties assigned by Bonine.
Blanford-Green’s LHSAA role is similar to the one she had with the Colorado High School Activities Association. She also handled marketing, public relations, legislator relations, was a liaison to the Colorado Athletic Directors Association and chaired multiple committees at the national level.
After starring in track at Aurora Central High School in Aurora, Colorado, Blanford-Green was a 10-time All-American at the University of Nebraska. She coached track at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and at Aurora Central before moving to the CHSAA.
Blanford-Green serves on the national board for USA Cheer and was inducted into the CHSAA’s Hall of Fame in 2012.