INDIANAPOLIS -- Mary Struckhoff has been named NCAA National Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officiating, the NCAA announced today.

Struckhoff, has served as assistant director of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) since 1999, after three years as an assistant executive at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). As assistant director of the NFHS, Struckhoff serves as editor and national rules interpreter for basketball and softball; staff liaison for the NFHS Officials Association; coordinator of the NFHS Officials Education Program and workshop organization for the NFHS summer meeting and National Athletic Administrators' Conference.

"Mary is a knowledgeable and committed educator who has balanced experience in education, officiating and administration," said Sue Donohoe, vice-president for Division I women's basketball. "Her core values align with the NCAA's strategic plan and the vision for women's basketball officiating. She is sure to bring women's basketball officiating to a new level."

Struckhoff replaces Marcy Weston, who is retiring from the position. Weston is senior associate director of athletics at Central Michigan University.

Struckhoff will coordinate the NCAA's women's basketball officiating program. The program helps promote better communication between officials, conference coordinators of officials, coaches and the NCAA, and helps provide consistency in the interpretations of NCAA women's basketball rules and officiating mechanics. Additionally, Struckhoff will assist the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee in the identification, training, selection and evaluation of officials for the Division I championship.

Struckhoff has officiated NCAA women's basketball in seven Division I conferences. She has worked several post-season tournaments including conference championship finals, the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship and the WNIT.

Struckhoff serves on several committees and boards, including the Officiating Development Alliance; Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors; Amateur Softball Association's Council; and the Equipment Standards Committee.

Prior to joining the IHSA staff, Struckhoff was involved in teaching, coaching and athletic administration at high schools in St. Louis and Chicago for 10 years. Her teaching background includes physical education, health, mathematics and computer science courses. Struckhoff has coached softball, basketball, volleyball and tennis.

"I am excited to build on the program and legacy that Marcy (Weston) started," Struckhoff said. "The student-athletes, coaches, administrators and officials involved in the women's game are passionate groups. Our goal is to work together to make the women's game the best it can possibly be. I'm thrilled to be a part of that endeavor."

Struckhoff earned a bachelor's degree in 1982 from Benedictine College (Kansas) in physical education and a master's degree in athletic administration in 1991 from Western Illinois University. While an undergraduate, she played on the tennis and softball teams.

A native of St. Louis, Struckhoff currently resides in Indianapolis.

-- Courtesy NCAA