Bill Scholl was named Ball State's director of intercollegiate athletics effective April 30, 2012. The Notre Dame graduate came to Ball State with more than two decades of athletics administration experience at his alma mater, including his final three years with the Fighting Irish as deputy athletics director.
In his two years at Ball State, Scholl has overseen some noteworthy accomplishments for the Cardinals:
- Eight programs have reached the postseason and accounted for a total of 10 appearances.
- The football program has reached back-to-back bowl games for only the second time in school history, and the women’s basketball program has competed in two straight WNITs.
- Ball State has also advanced to the NCAA Championships in men’s golf and men’s tennis, while sending individuals to compete in gymnastics, women’s golf, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s swimming and diving.
- The Cardinals have had 13 teams place either first or second in the Mid-American Conference.
- Ball State placed 54 student-athletes on all-conference teams in 2013-14, a 14.9 percent increase over Scholl’s first year and a 54.3 percent increase over the year before his arrival.
- The Cardinals have boasted four All-Americans in each of his two years with the eight combined All-Americans representing the most over a two-year period for a school since the 1990s.
- Ball State has had 19 specialty award winners from the MAC during his tenure, including six league coaches of the year and five league players of the year.
- Scholl has been responsible for hiring seven head coaches, two of whom were named MAC Coach of the Year in 2013-14 (Rich Maloney in baseball and Tyra Perry in softball).
- Four of his seven hires have already led their programs to first- or second-place finishes in the MAC, including league titles for the baseball and softball programs in the spring of 2014.
- Two of his hires (Brady Sallee in women’s basketball and Kristy Castillo in women’s swimming and diving) have led teams or individuals to the postseason, while two (Castillo and Joanna Saleem in gymnastics) have produced individual MAC champions.
- Ball State launched the $20 million Cardinal Commitment campaign to raise funds to build and enhance facilities for the football program, both basketball and volleyball programs, both golf programs, and the baseball and softball programs.
- Scholl has been identified by the MAC as a leader among the conference's athletics directors by serving on three committees of AD's. He is chairperson of the Football Working Group and is a member of the Finance Committee as well as the Basketball Working Group.
- He is one of eight leaders of the University to serve on the President's Cabinet at Ball State, joining seven vice presidents of other departments and areas.
As deputy athletics director at Notre Dame, Scholl was responsible for supervision of sports such as football, men's basketball, baseball and men's soccer. He was responsible for senior-level administration such as fundraising and donor relations, divisional budget construction and growing external revenue for the Irish.
Among his major accomplishments at Notre Dame:
- Scholl worked side-by-side with baseball head coach Paul Mainieri to grow the program into a destination for baseball talent in the northern United States. The team earned a 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 LSU.
- Scholl raised 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 in his final year at Notre Dame, falling only to undefeated Baylor.
- He worked in concert with the University's advancement office and led the athletics department involvement in an $84 million athletics fundraising initiative for the Spirit of Notre Dame campaign.
Scholl was promoted to senior associate athletics director at Notre Dame in October 2004. Prior to that, he spent three years as an associate athletics director and the executive director of the Notre Dame Monogram Club. Scholl served seven years as an assistant athletics director for marketing, overseeing the marketing and promotions programs for the Irish. In June 2000, the Monogram Club awarded him an honorary monogram.
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.
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 2012 Ball State graduate) and Kelly (a sophomore at Notre Dame).
Bachelor's Degree: Notre Dame, 1979
Ball State, director of intercollegiate athletics, April 20, 2012-Present
Notre Dame, deputy athletics director, 2009-12
Notre Dame, senior associate athletics director, 2004-09
Notre Dame, assistant athletics director, 1995-04
Notre Dame, director of ticketing and marketing, 1992-95
Notre Dame, sports marketing manager, 1989-92
Logan Center, director of financial development, 1988-89
International Summer Special Olympic Games, director of financial development, 1985-87
Juhl Advertising Agency, public relations, 1979-85
Spouse: Julie Scholl, graduate of Indiana University (South Bend)
Children: Son Michael, daughters Stefanie (2012 Ball State graduate) and Kelly