TOPEKA, Kan. – The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the KSHSAA are proud to announce Assistant Executive Director Francine Martin has been selected to chair the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee. Martin will chair the committee for four years starting July 2017.

 Martin’s primary responsibility will be monitoring basketball rule recommendations that come from state associations, coaches and officials throughout the nation. Martin has been dedicated to the game of basketball since her playing days at Clay Center High School and at the collegiate level with Hutchinson Community College and University of Nebraska-Omaha. Continued growth in the game came during her time as the head basketball coach at La Crosse and El Dorado High Schools. She also was a registered basketball official for six years prior to joining the KSHSAA staff.

 “I am honored and humbled to be selected to chair the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee,” said Martin. “The committee is responsible for considering potential rule changes proposed by state associations. Previous committees have discussed use of the shot clock, playing games in halves, and the closely guarded count. I am sure these topics will continue to be considered during my tenure as chairperson.”

 Martin will be the first female in history to serve as chair of this committee, on which she previously was a member from 2010 to 2013. She was selected by the NFHS Board of Directors after being nominated by KSHSAA Executive Director Gary Musselman.

 “Francine is highly qualified to serve in this leadership role,” said Musselman. “Her experience, attention to detail and organizational skills will serve the sport and NFHS well. We are very proud of her as a representative of Kansas.”