Our Mission

We have created a Board of Directors that includes some of the most influential trainers, administrators and medical staff in youth and professional sports. Our mission is simple – Reduce the number of concussion-related injuries through awareness and education.

Tory Lindley

Associate Athletic Director
Director of Athletic Training Services – Northwestern University – Evanston, IL

Tory Lindley, ATC is in his fourteenth year as Northwestern University’s Director of Athletic Training Services and Associate AD.

Prior to Northwestern, Tory served as the Director of Sports Medicine at Eastern Michigan University, staff athletic trainer at Michigan State University, head athletic trainer at Hamline University, and athletic trainer for the Houston Oilers. At Northwestern, Lindley supervises the Wildcats’ athletic training staff, interns and students, and manages health care for the NU football program. In addition, he supervises the Sports Performance staff and services.

A published author in the Journal of Athletic Training, Athletic Therapy Today, Training & Conditioning, Rehab Management, and Athletic Training & Sports Health Care, Tory provided six years of service to the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Directors, including President from 2006-2008. Tory served as President of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association from 2010 to 2012 following five years of service to the GLATA Executive Board. He is the National Athletic Trainers’ Association District IV Director, a position that places him on the NATA’s Board of Directors. In addition, he returns to an active role on the GLATA Executive Board.

Tory is an Associate Editor of Athletic Training & Sports Health Care Journal. A 2011 inductee into the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, Tory was a 2016 recipient of the GLATA Golden Pinnacle Award, 2012 recipient of the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, 2009 recipient of the GLATA Dedicated Service Award, 2007 winner of the NATA Athletic Training Service Award. In addition, Tory was named the 2012 NCAA’s Division I Athletic Trainer of the Year.

Davis Whitfield

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

Davis Whitfield, who had served as commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) for the past five years, became chief operating officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), effective July 1, 2015.

Whitfield succeeded Jim Tenopir, who is retiring this summer after five years as the organization’s chief operating officer.

Since taking over as commissioner of the NCHSAA in January 2010, Whitfield instituted a five-year strategic plan; enhanced the championship experience for student-athletes, coaches and fans at NCHSAA events; and organized and directed the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration.

In addition, Whitfield created a committee which led to a new student-athlete transfer policy, implemented championship cost-cutting policies and procedures, restructured the NCHSAA Handbook, and developed the Education and Athletics Committee, which evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of current NCHSAA policy and procedure.

Prior to his appointment as NCHSAA commissioner, Whitfield was on the administrative staff of the Atlantic Coast Conference for 71⁄2 years, including the final 21⁄2 years as associate commissioner.

Among his duties at the ACC, Whitfield directed and coordinated all television liaison activities for regular-season ACC football, managing a staff of 20 individuals. He also assisted with the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, developed and managed an Olympic sports budget of $4 million, and was responsible for directing all regular-season and championship activities for 22 Olympic sports.

Whitfield was the site representative for several NCAA championships. He also represented the ACC at local, regional and state events, and he worked with ACC corporate partners to create and fulfill exposure opportunities.

Before his move to the ACC office, Whitfield served in the athletic department at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, including two years as director of operations and facilities management and two years as assistant athletic director for operations and facilities. He began his career in sports administration in 1995 at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, where he was assistant athletic director for operations and facilities for three years.

Whitfield attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he was a dean’s list student and played on the school’s baseball team, before transferring to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UNC in 1993 and his master’s in sports administration in 1995.

Whitfield and his wife, Nicole, have three children: Will, Grace and Wesley.

Marty Hickman

Retired Executive Director
Illinois High School Association

Marty Hickman was named an assistant executive director by the IHSA Board of Directors and joined the administrative staff July 1, 1991 and promoted to Associate Executive Director on July 1, 1999. On June 14, 2001, Hickman was named to replace Dave Fry as executive director of the IHSA, upon Fry’s retirement in June, 2002.

A Colorado native who grew up in Illinois and graduated from New Berlin High School, Marty earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in educational administration from University of Illinois-Springfield. In 1994, he received his doctorate in education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

He began his career in education as a teacher and a coach at Girard High School. Marty later served as the principal of Bluffs Jr.-Sr. High School, Westmer Secondary School, and in 1987 was named the principal of Monmouth High School where he remained until joining the IHSA staff.

Marty has served as the Chairperson of the National Federation of State High School Association’s Strategic Planning Team and he is currently a member of the NFHS Board of Directors. Marty is a member of the Peoria Riverfront Museum Board of Directors and he was recently appointed to the Board of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO). Marty has been recognized as a “Distinguished Alumnus” by Eastern Illinois University.

Marty and his wife, Nancy, reside in Bloomington. They have two sons.

Tom Quick

SEC Football Official

Tom and his wife Michon live in Shawnee, Kansas and have four children. He is a Partner and Senior Vice President of TRUSS, a surety bond and insurance brokerage firm located in Overland Park, Kansas. Tom began his career at TRUSS in 1994.

Tom began his officiating career in 1987, after playing quarterback and wide receiver for the University of Kansas and lettering three years. He was hired by the SEC following the 2011 season after having worked as an Umpire in the Big 12 since 2004. Tom has also worked Mountain West (MWC) and Western Athletic (WAC) conferences. In 2007, he was hired on the staff of NFL Europe. His post season assignments include:

2004 – Fort Worth Bowl (Cincinnati vs. Marshall)
2005 – Peach Bowl (LSU vs. Miami)
2006 – BCS Sugar Bowl (LSU vs. Notre Dame)
2007 – Big 12 Championship (Missouri vs. Oklahoma)
2008 – BCS National Championship (Ohio State vs. LSU)
2008 – Big 12 Championship (Missouri vs. Oklahoma)
2009 – Big 12 Championship (Nebraska vs. Texas)
2010 – BCS Orange Bowl (Va. Tech vs. Stanford)
2011 – Champs Sports Bowl (Notre Dame vs. Florida State)
2012 – BCS Orange Bowl (Northern Illinois vs. Florida State)
2013 – BCS Fiesta Bowl (Central Florida vs. Baylor)
2014 – Russell Athletic Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Clemson)
2015 – Peach Bowl (Houston vs. Florida State)