Doug Chickering
Douglas E. Chickering became the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association on January 1, 1986. He was only the WIAA’s fourth executive officer. He had previously served on the Association’s Board of Control, which he chaired in 1981-82.

Born in Rusk County, Chickering graduated from Hawkins High School in 1959. He received his BS degree in mathematics and physical sciences from UW-Eau Claire in 1963, and then began a career in education as a teacher and coach at Gilman High School. He became principal and athletic director at the school in 1967 and was named district administrator in 1969. He left Gilman in 1974 to become the district administrator in Marathon and held that position until he joined the WIAA. He earned a MEd degree from UW- Superior in 1970.

Nationally, Chickering was very active in interscholastic sports. From 1990 until 1993 he served on the National Federation of State High School Associations governing board, serving as president during this final year. He served a second term in 2004-2008. Other Federation responsibilities included participation on three strategic planning teams and roles with the Sportsmanship, Ethics, & Integrity, Football Rules, and Risk Management committees as well as duties on a New Paradigm Task Force. He chaired the Federation Foundation’s Board of Directors until his retirement in 2009.

In 1999, Chickering was named a Friend of Basketball and inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Similar honors were bestowed by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and 2001, and the WFCA recognized him as its Dave McClain Distinguished Service recipient in 2009. The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, state and national athletic administrators groups, and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrator have recognized him for his length of service, special accomplishments, and contributions to high sports and secondary education.

Chickering received a Lifetime Excellence Award from UW-Eau Claire in 2003. The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated a longtime and successful commitment to their professions. In 2005, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, through a grant provided by the Oakley-Lindsey Foundation, established its Annual Sports Reporters Workshop in his name. It was the first WBA Foundation education program to be endowed and allows the Foundation to continue offering quality programming to sports reporters.

Chickering’s family includes three children—Dawn, Mark, and Jill and two grandchildren, Ryan and Rachel. His retirement became effective in August, 2009. He and his wife, Mary, now live in the Madison area.

In addition to his efforts with Safe Sport Zone, he is active in volunteer roles with the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association, the Madison Area Sports Commission, the Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club, and the Interscholastic Licensing Company. Back Button