IGHSAU: A New Executive Director and Fort Madison Falls Out of Soccer’s Top 15

IGHSAU- The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) has selected their sixth executive director after announcing Erin Gerlich to succeed Jean Berger yesterday.

Gerlich, a native of Panora, Iowa, has more than 15 years of experience in athletics and servant leadership as she was most recently the associate director and sport administrator within the IGHSAU. Additionally, she has led the IGHSAU Student Athletic Advisory Committee for the past couple years.

Recently, Gerlich was recognized for her dedication to introducing girls’ wrestling to the state of Iowa by receiving the Charlotte Bailey Award from the Iowa Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association along with the AAU Wrestling Women’s Empowerment Award in 2023.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the next IGHSAU Executive Director,” said Gerlich. “I am committed to leading the organization towards continued success. In my new position, I look forward to championing the growth and empowerment of female athletes across Iowa.”

Girls’ Soccer

The IGHSAU also released another round of soccer rankings yesterday and for southeast Iowa has been knocked out of the rankings after Fort Madison, ranked 13th last week, was replaced by Iowa Falls-Alden.

The move comes after the Bloodhounds were taken down in penalty kicks 1-0 after the game remained locked at 0, even after extra time. Fort Madison has gone on to beat Washington 3-0 with that singular goal being the only mark against the senior goalie, Taylor Johnson, for the season.