Mark Hopping has been named Interim Athletic Director for the 2014-15 school year. Hopping, who has served as Cross Country Coach at Blackburn will remain in that role as well. Hopping is a 1980 graduate of Illinois State University and a 1976 graduate of Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Illinois.
Before Blackburn, Hopping worked at Prairie Farms in Carlinville including the last ten years as vice president in charge of risk management. Hopping still runs competitvely and has qualified for the Boston Marathon eleven times and has run in the race five times.
Hopping resides in Carlinville with his wife Lori, they have two daughters Katie (29) and Laura (25) and a son, David (22) along with one grandddaughter Lola (2).