INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) has selected Mark Tullis as the conference's Assignor of Volleyball Officials.
Tullis, who will assume his duties immediately, has been a long time official with the United States Volleyball Association, Professional Association of Volleyball Officials and other official associations for the sport of volleyball.
In addition to working with the HCAC's ten institutions, Tullis will also play a significant role in the hiring, training and evaluation of officials while working to conduct comprehensive, preseason official's clinics and rules clinics as well as in-season educational updates for officials, coaches and programs.
"I am here to service the three tiers of volleyball competition – the players first and foremost, the Coaches and the Institutions, and the officials whom all will strive to increase the professionalism and integrity of the game within the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference," said Tullis.
Tullis served as an official for over 25 years between his work at the high school and collegiate level. Within the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, Tullis ranks third out of 65 officials while serving as an official at three state championship tournaments. The Kentucky native is the current President of the Northern Kentucky Volleyball Officials Association and the Co-Chair of the new officials training sector. He is also a training sector member in the Central Kentucky Volleyball Officials Association.
As a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Tullis has officiated four regional finals of the state tournament and is also ranked 33rd of over 500 volleyball officials in the state of Ohio.
Tullis also adds a seven-year plus coaching history at the high school and club levels to his resume. The designated Head Official on many different tournaments also serves as the Assistant Scheduling Coordinator of the Pioneer Region in the United States Volleyball Association and the Junior Volleyball Association.
"We are very fortunate to have Mark continue his work with the HCAC in this new role. He impressed the search committee with his plan for improvement of officiating throughout the Conference. He is a highly respected official and our coaches look forward to working with him in the future," said Commissioner Harty.
Tullis resides in Southgate, Kentucky with his wife Pamela. They have two daughters together that are school teachers and are both high school volleyball coaches and officials.