ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - Colleen Maguire, named the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's (NJSIAA) COO in June of 2020. has been elevated to role of Executive Director. Maguire, a Moorestown resident, is the first woman to hold the Executive Director title in the NJSIAA's 103-year history.
Maguire's leadership responsibilities will remain constant, with her new contract running through June 2026. She originally joined the association in 2014, and prior to being named COO had served as the director of finance and administration. Maguire became COO when Executive Director Larry White announced his phased retirement.
Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association is a voluntary, nonprofit organization comprised of 436 accredited public and non-public high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 33 sports.
Championship competition for girls is sponsored in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling. Boys’ championships are determined in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling
“Given the pandemic, the past year or so has likely been the most difficult and tumultuous in the long history of NJSIAA,” says Steve Shohfi, president of the association. “Colleen’s steady, thoughtful leadership during almost all that time is in large part responsible for New Jersey’s scholastic athletes having continued to enjoyed opportunities to compete. I’m confident she’ll make an outstanding executive director.”
Prior to joining NJSIAA, Maguire worked at Commerce Bank/TD Bank and began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Washington, DC. She’s a summa cum laude graduate of George Washington University with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and earned her certified public accountant license in 1998. The captain of the George Washington basketball team, Maguire was inducted into the university’s athletic hall of fame in 2008.
“When Colleen was named COO, an evaluation process was developed to monitor her progress,” explains Mary Liz Ivins, who heads the association’s personnel committee. “To no one’s surprise, she has consistently met or exceeded expectations. And, it’s worth noting that each of the NJSIAA’s assistant directors gave their full support to her appointment as executive director.”