About Planet HS

Founded in 2008, PlanetHS pioneers cloud-based athletic cleared-to-play software that enhances the pre-participation and eligibility process in a secure HIPAA, FERPA, and COPPA compliant environment. Its customizable approach simplifies the experience allowing greater engagement by athletes, parents, and athletic department staff. All of this is achieved through its innovative online modules: Athletic Forms, where all pre-participation paperwork is filled out, signed, and approved; Eligibility/Transfers, allowing state association rules to work seamlessly for validation and compliance when filing; Equipment Management, that allows the inventorying, distribution, and recondition tracking of equipment and uniforms; Wellness and Safety, Coach, Fee, and Document Management. With over a million users in fifteen states, and partnerships with state associations, including CHSAA, ASAA, SCHLS, and GISA, PlanetHS is one of the fastest growing online cleared-to-play platforms. All of its software modules are easily customizable to meet the needs and requirements of schools, school districts, leagues, and state offices.

Who we are

Our Team

At PlanetHS, we pride ourselves on having assembled a dedicated team whose wide-ranging educational background uniquely complements our approach to providing a great end user experience. Many of our employees have been athletes, athletic trainers, athletic secretaries and teachers, giving us a deep understanding of the school-aged athletics and activities world on a school, district, and association level. Our team strives to provide knowledgeable conversations, relevant best practices, smooth implementation, and top-notch support.

Joe Hawkins

President & CEO

A graduate of the University of Tennessee and the London School of Economics, Joe received his Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Business Administration and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Sarah Quackenbush

Director of Implementation & Development

An undergraduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a double minor in Elementary Education and Philosophy. Masters in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction.

Greg Bunch

Support Center Manager

An undergraduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s degree in Design and Illustration and a Master’s degree in screenwriting from Columbia University.

Ryan Bethea

Senior Association Liaison

An undergraduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Melissa Ochs, ATC, LAT

Acquisition Support Specialist

An undergraduate from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training, and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from The University of New Mexico.

Alex Hyman

Implementation Specialist

Graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Science, majoring in Sport and Entertainment Management.

Anjelica Maestas

Association Liaison

Holds a Master of Science in Sports Administration, obtained from the University of Northern Colorado. She has also worked as an Athletic Secretary in a high school setting both in Arizona and Colorado.

Dustin Beck

Business Analyst/Accountant

An undergraduate of North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, GA with a Bachelors in Accounting, and then completing his Masters of Sports and Administration at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.

Laura Turner

Customer Support Representative

Graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Advertising.

Jason Coggins

Customer Support Representative

An undergraduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University. Jason comes to PlanetHS following 20 years of service in the United States Air Force between active, reserve and guard components, retiring in 2017 from the Mississippi Air National Guard.