Jay Jones, Commissioner
Jay Jones was named as commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference on August 19, 2009. Prior to joining the Sunshine State Conference, Jones served as a Director of Academic and Membership Affairs at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jones joined the NCAA staff in 2003, and while there, he served as a governance liaison to the Divisions II and III Management and Presidents Councils.
Prior to his time with the NCAA, Jones worked in the compliance office at the University of South Florida and served as director of compliance at Saint Louis University. While in St. Louis, Jones also served as an adjunct professor of business law at Fontbonne University. Jones earned his bachelor's degree in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee where he served as a student employee in the events management area of the athletics department. He obtained his masters of business administration and juris doctor degrees from Stetson University, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Jones grew up in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Jones has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, scuba diving and playing golf. Jones and his wife, Maritza, have two sons, Alexander and Nicholas.
Maryanne Simkulak, Assistant Commissioner (Membership Services)
Maryanne Simkulak began her duties as the SSC Assistant Commissioner for Membership Services on Jan. 4, 2010. She also assumed the designation of Senior Woman Administrator in July 2013.
In her role as assistant commissioner, Simkulak’s primary duties include oversight of the conference’s NCAA rules compliance program. Her daily responsibilities include providing rules interpretations and reviewing various eligibility paperwork submitted by member institutions. She also coordinates the National Letter of Intent and NCAA Coaches Certification programs. In addition to her compliance tasks, Simkulak serve as a liaison to the SSC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and helps promote and encourage community engagement activities on the campuses of the league’s nine member institutions.
Simkulak came to the SSC office after working in various roles at SSC member Barry University from August 2003 - December 2009. Beginning her tenure as an administrative graduate assistant, she was serving as an assistant director of athletics at the time of her departure to join the conference staff. As an assistant AD, she managed all facets of Barry’s compliance program, coordinated NCAA and SSC waivers, conducted rules education sessions with coaches, and processed all National Letters of Intent. She also served as advisor of Barry’s extremely active SAAC and coordinated athletic department special events such as the annual student-athlete banquet and National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Simkulak resides in Orlando with her husband, Brian, and stepchildren Brittany, Brian, and Destiny.
Jon Hower, Assistant Commissioner (Strategic Communications) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Hower began his duties as the SSC Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Communications on August 5, 2013.
In his role, Hower oversees all communications and media relations activity for the conference’s 17 sponsored sports. Those duties include overseeing the SSC website and social media accounts, producing video, design of all printed materials and publications, and handling all league media releases.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Commissioner, Hower spent one year as the Assistant Athletic Communications Director at Florida Tech. He also completed a graduate assistantship at Millersville University and served internships at Elizabethtown College and Gettysburg College.
A native of Gettysburg, Pa., Hower received his undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College, where he majored in digital communications and minored in business administration. He obtained his Masters of Education with a concentration in sport management from Millersville University.
Sunshine State Conference President
Dr. George L. Hanbury
SSC Assignors of Officials
John Magnusson, Baseball
Nolan Padgett, Men's Basketball
Mark McClenney, Women's Basketball
Tom Wilde, Soccer
Mike McDermott, Softball
James Phillips, Volleyball
SSC Contact Information
400 South Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789