BLOOMINGTON - Former University High School athletic director Dave Gannaway announced Tuesday he plans to retire after the school year after 11 years with the Illinois High School Association and 23 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in Central Illinois.
Gannaway oversees football, wrestling, baseball and bass fishing for the IHSA. He was instrumental behind bass fishing becoming an IHSA-sanctioned competition as well as the growth of the State Farm Holiday Classic basketball tournaments.
"I don't even know where to start when reflecting on my time at the IHSA," Gannaway said. "There are too many great people and too many great memories, that it wouldn't do any of them justice to try rank them or say thank you to all the people who were a part of it."
Gannaway graduated from U High in 1971 and from Illinois State in 1975.
After five years at Metamora High School, Gannaway returned to U High in 1981 as a teacher and coach. He was athletic director from 1985 to 1994.
He was also athletic director at Morton High School before joining the IHSA.
"To say Dave will be missed would be the ultimate understatement," IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said.