CHSAA office announces two Assistant Commissioner positions

Bud Ozzello

Bud Ozzello. (Ryan Casey/

AURORA — The CHSAA office announced two job openings on Monday for an Assistant Commissioner during its round table for all member schools.

Bud Ozzello, who has been at CHSAA since 2009, is set to retire this summer. A graduate of La Junta, Ozzello later taught business and coached baseball, softball and girls basketball at the school before becoming the Tigers' athletic director, and later, principal.

Ozzello's LJHS softball team won the 1999 3A title. He is a graduate of CSU and Adams State.

Ozzello served on the CHSAA Board of Directors prior to his appointment to the staff, and served on the CHSAA's baseball, softball and Hall of Fame committees. He oversees football, softball, ice hockey and speech for the Association.

In addition, assistant commissioner Ernie Derrera has accepted a job as an assistant principal and athletic director at the new Severance High School, which is set to open in the Northern part of the state next fall.

Prior to joining CHSAA in 2017, Derrera was an athletic director and coach at Thompson Valley, Roosevelt and Frederick. He currently oversees wrestling, soccer, and student leadership for the Association.

"Our Association will truly miss the contributions Bud Ozzello has made to students and high school activities," CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said. "We look forward to celebrating both Bud and Ernie's impact to our state in the coming months, and are excited to add new members to the CHSAA team!"

Both jobs are posted at

State wrestling Ernie Derrera

Ernie Derrera. (Ryan Casey/