Sandra K. Searcy


Leanne Grotke Award (2011)
B.S., 1986; M.S., 1988


Sandy Searcy joined the IHSAA as an Assistant Commissioner in 1999. Searcy is responsible for softball, boys' and girls' swimming and diving, and volleyball. Additionally, her duties entail organizing the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee, plus the IHSAA Student Leadership Conference. At the national level, she has served on the NFHS National Student Leadership Planning Committee since 1999, the 2006-11 NFHS Gymnastics Rules Committee, the 2008-11 NFHS Softball Rules Committee, and is currently a member of the NFHS Spirit of Sport Committee.

Prior to joining the IHSAA, Searcy had been the girls' athletic director and girls' swimming coach at Bloomington High School North. She began her high school coaching career in 1983 while a sophomore at Indiana University, serving as the boys' swimming coach at Bloomington High School South. Searcy was named the girls' swimming coach at Bloomington North in 1984, a position that she held until 1999. Searcy also was the boys' swimming coach at North from 1986-96. Searcy's administrative career began in 1988 when she was named girls' athletic director at Bloomington North. She held that post through 1999, in addition to serving as a physical education teacher.

Searcy was an executive board member of the ICGSA from 1991-95, serving as president in 1997-98. She served three times as a member of the rules proposal committee of the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) and the IHSAA. She also was involved with the IHSAA as a member of the Girls Advisory Committee.

Searcy competed in swimming while at Elkhart Central High School and also at Indiana University for one season before an injury ended her competitive career. She earned a bachelor's degree in sport science from IU in 1986 and a master's degree in sport administration and physical education in 1987.