KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The MIAA announced the appointment of a COVID-19 Task Force. The task force will be responsible for monitoring and addressing COVID-19 issues for the conference office and MIAA member institutions.


The 9-person group includes an FAR, coach, student-athlete, NCAA Management Council representative, compliance administrators, a communications director and leaders of MIAA governance committees.


Along with considering MIAA issues, the task force is being asked to monitor decisions and actions by the NCAA and public health/government officials. The group has the opportunity to also recommend policy changes or suggest administrative action by the Association’s athletic directors and CEO Council, when necessary to address COVID-19 issues for the MIAA.


The task force will be chaired by Lori Hopkins, Deputy AD/SWA at Northwest Missouri State University. During the next several weeks, the MIAA’s task force will meet weekly to discuss important issues facing each MIAA institution and it will continue to promote the health and well-being of MIAA student-athletes and our MIAA campus communities. Below is the complete task force roster.


MIAA COVID-19 task force


Lori Hopkins, Chair of the COVID-19 Task Force (Northwest Missouri) — Deputy AD and the MIAA IRC Chairperson


Kristy Bayer (Emporia State) — Deputy AD and Chairperson of the MIAA AAC


Mackenzie O'Neill (Missouri Western) — Soccer student-athlete and MIAA Representative on the NCAA DII SAAC


Jim Johnson (Pittsburg State) — AD and MIAA Representative on the NCAA Division II Management Council


Scott Unruh (Nebraska Kearney) — FAR and Former Chairperson of the MIAA IRC


Matt Cochran (Northeastern State) — Interim AD / Compliance


John Moseley (Lincoln) — Head Men's Basketball Coach / AD


Gene Cassell (Washburn) — Asst. AD / Communications


Kathy Anderson (Central Missouri) — Senior Assoc. AD / Compliance