COLUMBUS — Around 8 p.m. Monday night, the Ohio High School Athletic Administration announced that Bob Goldring would fill in as OHSAA Interim Executive Director effective immediately. Goldring will replace Jerry Snodgrass, who served as director since July 2018.

Shock and disappointment swept social media late Monday and into Tuesday morning, leaving many coaches, athletic directors and members of the media with more questions than answers.

One fan wrote, “If everyone cared about kids the way Jerry Snodgrass does, the world would be a better place. Classy, honest and a tireless advocate for kids and schools. He will be missed.”

Snodgrass served with the OHSAA for 12 years following a 31-year career in education.

OHSAA Director of Communications Tim Stried, said the board of directors felt it necessary to go in a different direction with OHSAA leadership and could not provide more details at this time.

While leading the administrative functions until a permanent executive director is selected, Goldring will also work closely with state government leaders and school district administrators in developing a plan for return to play in the fall. The OHSAA will conduct a nationwide search beginning immediately to fill the executive director vacancy OHSAA, said in a press release late Monday night.

During the 2015-16 school year, Goldring was also the OHSAA acting executive director from mid-March to mid-June of 2016 when Ross was on medical leave. A graduate of Orrville High School, he holds two degrees from The Ohio State University. He joined the OHSAA in the fall of 1995 as director of information services, was promoted to assistant commissioner in June 2005 and served in that role until becoming senior director of operations in August 2008.

“I am honored by the confidence the Board has placed in me,” Goldring said. “We have a solid team of knowledgeable and dedicated professionals at the OHSAA who are committed to serving our member schools. My top priorities are to prepare for return to play this fall and successfully lead the team until a permanent executive director is hired.”