Bill Scholl Named Ball State's Athletic Director
Bill Scholl has been named Ball State's director of intercollegiate athletics, according to Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora. Scholl will begin his duties at Ball State April 30, 2012.
Scholl will replace Tom Collins, who announced his resignation from Ball State in January.
Scholl comes to Ball State with more than two decades of athletics administration experience at Notre Dame. As deputy athletic director for the last three years at UND, he has been responsible for supervision of sports such as football, men's basketball, baseball and men's soccer. He has been responsible for senior-level administration such as fundraising and donor relations, divisional budget construction and growing external revenue for the Irish.
"I am so pleased to introduce Bill to the Ball State community," Gora says. "Our student-athletes, fans and donors immediately will find him to be warm and personable. He is a seasoned leader and skilled communicator with a long track record of increasing responsibility and success. Bill has played a major role in developing Notre Dame athletics into a well-rounded athletics department where most of the university's sports enjoy success at the national level. He understands both the opportunities and challenges that come with managing a large and complex athletics program with a national profile."
An example of Scholl's major accomplishments at Notre Dame is working side-by-side with baseball head coach Paul Mainieri to grow the program into a destination for baseball talent in the northern U.S. The team earned its first trip to the College World Series in 2002 - the first time in 45 years - and won nine conference titles. Mainieri is now head coach at national powerhouse Louisiana State University.
One of Scholl's first assignments was raising the visibility and stature of the women's basketball program. In 1989, the team suffered from a limited fan base. Today, the team routinely ranks in the top 10 in the NCAA for attendance. The team rose to the final game of the NCAA tournament this year, falling only to undefeated Baylor. Scholl also led an $84 million athletics fundraising initiative for the Spirit of Notre Dame campaign. With coaches, he has managed issues of compliance, budgets, scheduling, media strategy and recruitment.
"I am excited about becoming a part of the Cardinals," Scholl says. "I understand and appreciate the confidence Dr. Gora has placed in me. I share an ambitious vision with our student-athletes, fans and donors. Our programs will be competitive at the national level, and our student-athletes will succeed in competition and in the classroom. I pledge no less than my very best effort to ensure their success. It has been my honor and privilege to serve Notre Dame over 23 years. That experience has prepared me to lead Ball State athletics to even greater success, and I look forward to the opportunity with great anticipation."
Scholl was promoted to senior associate athletics director at Notre Dame in October 2004. Prior to that, he spent three years as an associate athletic director and the executive director of the Monogram Club. Scholl served seven years as an assistant athletic director for marketing, overseeing the Notre Dame marketing and promotions programs. As the promotions manager at Notre Dame, he greatly expanded the horizons of Notre Dame's Olympic sports profile. Scholl was responsible for developing and implementing marketing and promotions plans for all athletic events. His activities included coordinating special events, giveaways, clinics, group nights and other general functions that broadened the community's awareness of Notre Dame's Olympic sports.
The former director of financial development for the 1987 International Summer Special Olympic Games, Scholl served in the same position for one year at South Bend's Logan Center which offers services to persons with developmental disabilities. He also spent five years with the Juhl Advertising Agency in Mishawaka, Ind. While working for Special Olympics, the Lakewood, Ohio, native was responsible for raising a $4.8 million budget from national and local corporations, foundations, governments, special events and the general public. Through his efforts, the final amount raised for the '87 Games was in excess of $8 million. In June 2000, the Notre Dame Monogram Club awarded him an honorary monogram.
Born Sept. 2, 1957, Scholl is a 1979 Notre Dame graduate. He and his wife, Julie, have three children: Michael (a 2009 Notre Dame graduate), Stefanie (a senior at Ball State University) and Kelly (a sophomore at Notre Dame).