Board Members

The Rockford Sports Coalition board is made up athletic directors from District 205 high schools, the Rockford Public School Director of Athletics, and interested community members. Board members may be contacted at [email protected].

Current Board Members:

Ted Liebovich – Ted is one of the founding board members of Rockford Sports Coalition and has served continuously since 1992. Ted was born and raised in Rockford and graduated from Rockford High School. He was active in high school sports. His son ran cross country and played on the tennis team at Guilford High School. Ted is a lawyer in Rockford where he lives with his wife.

Brian Elliott – Brian is a certified public accountant and partner at a local accounting firm. He oversees the financial aspects of the Rockford Sports Coalition. Elliott was a three sport high school athlete and was a member of the 1986 Division III national champion football team while at Augustana College. He also was a member of the 1985 and 1986 Rockford Redwings, which qualified for the fast pitch national softball tournaments. He resides in the Rockford area with his wife and daughter.

Mat Parker – Mat is Director of Athletics, Activities and Program Development for the Rockford Public School District. He has a master’s degree in psychology and foundations of education from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from Castleton State University. Mat was a four sport high school athlete and four-year starter for Castleton’s for men’s basketball program and is currently 8th all-time in scoring. Parker taught history and coached in Winnebago and South Beloit for 13 years and revived a struggling SOBO boys basketball program earning their first regional championship in 31 years and three straight 20 plus win seasons. He resides in Rockford with his wife Jessica and two children who work and attend Rockford Public Schools.

Rick Durso – Rick was born and raised in Holly, MI and moved to Rockford in 2001 after graduating college from Oakland University. Rick has been a public school teacher in Rockford since 2001 teaching at various grade levels before settling at Johnson Elementary where he currently teaches 4th Grade. Rick is the head coach for boys and girls cross country at Guilford High School. He also is the athletic coordinator for the sports teams at Johnson Elementary and the race director for the SwedishAmerican State Street Mile. He is married to Amy Durso, who is also a public school teacher in Rockford. They have two children.

Darrin Sisk – Darrin serves as the Athletic Director at Jefferson High School. He attended the University of Kansas for both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Darrin coached varsity football, basketball and track in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, before becoming head basketball coach at Belvidere North, where he led the Blue Thunder to a regional championship. Darrin also served as interim athletic director at Belvidere North and varsity basketball assistant at Guilford before coming to Jefferson.

Augie Toldo – Augie is the Athletic Director at Guilford High School.  He has 26 years of experience in education and 14 years in an administrator position.  Augie attended Rock Valley College and Illinois State University and earned his BA in Education.  He received his Type 75 Certification from Aurora University.  Augie coached boys basketball and baseball at Guilford, Jefferson, and East High School.  He was also, Head Girls Basketball coach at Guilford for three years.  Augie is married to Kathy Toldo and they have two children.

Roy Sackmaster – Roy teaches Criminal Law and Sociology at East High School and has been the head boys basketball coach there for 12 years.  Roy was a three-sport athlete at Boylan High School and then played both football and basketball at Rock Valley College and Loras College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education. Roy earned a Master’s of Science degree in Sport Management in 2005 from Northern Illinois and another Master’s of Arts in School Leadership from Concordia University of Chicago in 2009.  Roy Sackmaster is married to Abigail Sackmaster has three children.

Emily Tropp – Emily Tropp served as project coordinator for district athletics and fine arts for the Rockford Public Schools from 2013-2018. She joined the school district after 15 years of working as a sports reporter for the Rockford Register Star and is currently employed as SwedishAmerican’s Public Relations/Community Engagement Specialist. Emily grew up in Battle Creek, Mich., and received her B.S. degree in journalism at Central Michigan University. She has two children, Grace and Ethan, who attend Rockford Public Schools.

Gary Griffin – Gary is the Athletic Director and head football coach at East. Father of Taylor, Jalen, and Megan, and pop-pop to little Reghan. Gary is a Rockford native that attended Concordia University in Wisconsin, majoring in secondary education and biology. He taught and coached in Milwaukee for 11 years before leaving to coach college football at the University of Dubuque. Gary returned to Rockford to become the Athletic Director at Rockford Lutheran where he worked for four years before coming to District 205 as the East football coach and Dean of Students.

Brad Pemberton – Brad is the Dean of Athletics and Activities at Rockford Auburn High School. Brad was a three-sport athlete in high school and two-sport athlete at Rockford College while graduating with honors in 2009.  Brad has coached boys and girls basketball and volleyball at both the middle and high school levels over the past ten years.  Brad previously taught and was the Athletic Director at Kennedy Middle School as well as serving as the Director of Middle School Sports for RPS205 in 2016-2017 before coming to Rockford Auburn.  Brad led Kennedy to a 20-win boys basketball season and the boys volleyball team to an undefeated perfect season in 2017, the school’s first conference championship. Brad lives in Machesney Park with his wife, Courtney, and their two dogs, Kaner and Rizzo.

Gene Lee – This is Gene’s second time around on the RSC board, having served for about 10 years in the 1990s and 2000s. Gene is a Rockford East graduate who now is the head wrestling coach at East. He is married and has a daughter in Rockford Public Schools.

Cathy Bayer – Cathy is a communications coordinator for Rockford Public Schools. Prior to coming to RPS 205, she worked as a reporter for the Rockford Register Star and covered education. She made Rockford her home in 2008 after earning a journalism degree from Eastern Illinois University.

Matt Vosberg – Matt is the Deputy Superintendent Rockford Public Schools and a Rockford native who  graduated from West High School.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and his Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University as well as his Doctorate in 2017.  He is married with two daughters that attend Rockford Public Schools and participate in athletics for the district.

Alex Gary – Alex is the president of his own communications company that runs Alumni Engagement Services, which builds alumni databases for public school districts. He worked for newspapers in Beloit, Wis., and Rockford for 22 years before launching his own company in 2015. He has served Rockford Public Schools since 2009 running the scoreboard at Jefferson High School football and basketball games. In 2016, Alex launched the NIC-10 Sports History Book online, researching, posting and preserving the history of the NIC-10, and took over as editor of the Rockford Sports Coalition website in 2017.                                                                      

Rex Parker – Rex and his wife, former Rockford School Board President, Carol Parker, both graduated from West High School. Rex captained the 1955 West High School State Basketball Champions and played varsity basketball at Illinois State University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and his MBA from Northern Illinois University. Rex spent many years teaching and coaching at Bradley Bourbonnais High School, Rock Valley College, and Shanghai Normal University in Shanghai, China.