PIAA executive director Brad Cashman, who has held the organization’s top administrative post for the past 18 years, will retire on July 13, 2012.

Cashman, 64, has been on the PIAA administrative staff since 1980 when he was hired as PIAA’s business manager and assistant executive director following 10 years as a teacher and coach at Northern High School in York County.

He was elevated to the executive director’s position in 1993 following the retirement of Dr. Russell T. Werner.

During Cashman’s tenure, the Philadelphia Public Schools and the Philadlephia Catholic League were brought into PIAA, providing Pennsylvania with a true state high school championship.

Although PIAA football championships were added under Werner, football expanded considerably in 1994 when PIAA switched formats.  The first six years, teams qualified on a regional basis through a point system, occasionally leaving undefeated teams on the sidelines.  In 1994, all district champions were given the opportunity to advance to the playoffs, a concept promoted passionately by Cashman and one that remains in place to date.

  One Response to “PIAA executive director Brad Cashman announces retirement”

  1. Rod,

    Cashman was the pillar of that organization and all but basivally volunteered the majority of his time handling issues that he knew would draw criticism with whatever outlet he took. He was freindly with my brother-in-law and I’ve heard nothing bur great things about the guy.

    He’ll be sorely missed

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