MHSAA Promotes Uyl to Executive Director

EAST LANSING – Michigan High School Athletic Association assistant director Mark Uyl has been named the organization’s next executive director, the MHSAA announced Tuesday.

Uyl, who joined the MHSAA in January 2004 and coordinates the organization’s officials, succeeds current executive director John E. “Jack” Roberts, who announced on April 24 that he would retire in August. Roberts has served as executive director since the fall of 1986.

“The foundation built here by Jack Roberts over the last 32 years is the strongest in the country, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead our staff in building on that foundation,” Uyl said in a statement. “There will be many ways we’ll continue to protect the same values of educational athletics, while also looking for new ways and new opportunities to best serve the students and our member schools in Michigan.”

In addition to serving as assistant director, Uyl also serves as director of baseball and administrator of the MHSAA’s catastrophic and concussion care insurance plans. He also served as director of cross country and wrestling during his tenure.

“Mark was the obvious choice to become the next executive director of the MHSAA,” Roberts said in a release. “Mark has the proper student-focused perspective of educational athletics, excellent person-to-person communications skills and a deep practical understanding of what is happening day to day in school sports in our state and nationally.”

Aside from his work with the MHSAA, Uyl has officiated college baseball since 1997 and served on umpire crews for the 2014 and 2017 College World Series.

Prior to joining the MHSAA, Uyl taught, coached and served as athletic director and assistant principal at Middleville-Thornapple Kellogg High School. He also was the athletic director at Caledonia High School from 2000-01.