ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA has established a COVID-19 Sports Advisory Task Force to review sports-specific proposals and recommendations on how to return to the field it was announced via press conference on Thursday morning. New Jersey Interscholastic Conference President, and Rutherford Athletic Director Dave Frazier will head the Task Force. 

Frazier will be joined on the Task Force by the following athletic directors: 

  • Denis Nelson, River Dell High School
  • Kevin Murphy, Washington Township High School (Gloucester County)
  • Ryan Miller, Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School
  • Vito Chiaravolloti - Christian Brothers Academy (Linwood, NJ)
  • Dan Uszaki - North Burlington Regional High School
  • Todd Ricker - Parsippany Hills High School 
  • Tom Mullahey - Clifton High School (NJSIAA Executive Committee Liaison
  • Colleen Maguire - NJSIAA Director of Finance and Administration (NJSIAA Liaison)

This follows the NJSIAA forming a COVID-19 Medical Advisory Task force on May 22 to be chaired by Mary Liz Ivins, President, NJSIAA Executive Committee.  Committee members will include,

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  • Kathy Whalen, NJ Department of Education,
  •  Dr. Lakota Kruse, medical director, NJ Department of Health, Division of Family Health Services,
  •  Dr. Jack Kripsak, chair of the NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee,
  • Dr. Damion Martins, team physician and Director of Internal Medicine to the New York Jets and a member of the NFL COVID Taskforce,
  • Dr. Rob Franks, a team physician for USA wrestling and team consultant to the Philadelphia Phillies,
  • NJSIAA assistant director Tony Maselli will serve as the NJSIAA liaison.

These two task forces will work independently, but communicate regularly and provide ongoing counsel to each other. Both will make recommendations to NJSIAA leadership, which will then work within governmental and NFHS (National Federation of High School Sport) guidelines to manage the safe return of high school sports in New Jersey.

“More than anyone else, athletic directors want to see a safe return to high school sports,” Frazier said. “But, we also clearly understand the significant challenges ahead.  I’m confident we’ll make tremendous progress, and optimistic that we’ll see kids playing again before too long. But, it’s essential to manage expectations and prepare our students-athletes – as well as those who cheer them on – for the short-term changes that may be necessary.”

“Input from our peers will be essential as we try to navigate the various guidelines, the needs of our members schools and the concerns of our student athletes,” added Mullahey.

 

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