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Indiana had 49 student-athletes post a 3.7 GPA during the 2013-14 Academic Year
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie appointed Fred Glass Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics effective January 1, 2009, after one of the most tumultuous decades in the history of IU Athletics. The fifth athletic director in eight years, Glass was hired to heal and lead a department that had been rocked by the firing of a legendary basketball coach, the untimely death of a beloved football coach, and an infamous major NCAA infractions case that placed the entire department on probation. Since assuming this role, Glass has worked tirelessly to return IU to its rightful place as one of the premier athletics departments in the country.
At the press conference announcing his appointment, Glass set out the four priorities that have been the hallmark of his tenure as athletic director: 1.) play by the rules; 2.) achieve academically and graduate student-athletes; 3.) excel athletically and win championships; and 4.) integrate athletics into the rest of the University. Building on these priorities and working with student-athletes, coaches, faculty and others Glass subsequently unveiled a creed that represents Indiana University Athletics' core values, mission statement, and strategic plan all rolled into one, The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team. It is the standard by which IU Athletics sets priorities, allocate resources, and makes decisions: We are able people of integrity who play by the rules. We reach our highest academic potential and earn Indiana University degrees. We reach our highest athletic potential and win championships. We are unselfish leaders and teammates. We represent Indiana University with passion, appreciation, respect and distinction. We are positive, responsible, inclusive and integrated with our University. We are a part of something bigger than ourselves.
Now in just his sixth year as athletic director, Glass' dynamic and passionate leadership has been the driving force behind his alma mater's return to athletic success consistent with these priorities and values. On the field since Glass's arrival, 15 IU teams and 81 individuals have won conference championships, 30 student-athletes have been named Big Ten Player of the Year in their respective sports, eleven coaches have been named conference coach of the year, three coaches have been named national coach of the year, and the department has produced a national team championship, as well as eight NCAA individual champions.
In 2014, Glass unveiled the Indiana University Student-Athlete Bill of Rights, a groundbreaking, 10-point document that sets forth the University's commitment to student-athletes during their time at IU and beyond. A first-of-its-kind document in intercollegiate athletics, the Student-Athlete Bill of Rights expands and describes the University's commitments to its student-athletes in all phases of student-athlete well-being and development. It comprehensively addresses subjects as wide ranging as post-eligibility degree support; scholarship commitment; academic, athletic, leadership and lifeskills development; and career assistance; safety and medical care; meals and nutritional guidance; ensuring a culture of trust and respect; and collective student-athlete involvement within the athletics department. Under the Student-Athlete Bill of Rights, IU student-athletes will also have access to cutting edge technology, including every student-athlete being supplied an iPad, along with additional benefits such as official IU Athletics blazers and internal internship opportunities.
In 2013-14, for the first time in over 15 years IU had four different teams win conference titles in the same academic year (Baseball, Men's Soccer, Water Polo, Men's Cross Country), five student-athletes were named Conference Athlete of the Year in their respective sports, one coach was national coach of the year, four coaches were named Conference Coach of the Year, 15 teams qualified for postseason play, and IU won 14 individual Big Ten titles. Swimmer Brooklynn Snodgrass became just the second woman in IU Swimming history to win an individual NCAA championship. In team competition, Rowing qualified for NCAA's for the first time in program history and coach Steve Peterson was named National Coach of the Year, Baseball won the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships and became the first Big Ten school ever to be named a National Seed for the NCAA Tournament, Water Polo won their conference championship and set a school record for wins in a season, Women's Soccer qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 and set an IU record for wins in a season, Men's Cross Country won the Big Ten Championship for the first time since 1980, Women's Basketball tied the record for most wins in a season in program history, and Men's Soccer won the Big Ten Tournament championship.
Glass has also made key coaching hires in his short tenure. In the fall of 2009, Glass hired men's soccer coach Todd Yeagley who went on to win the Big Ten championship and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors in his first season at Indiana in 2010 and later the NCAA Championship National Coach of the Year honors in 2012. In December of 2010, Glass hired highly respected and record setting offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson from Oklahoma as Indiana's new head football coach. In 2008, Wilson won the prestigious Broyles Award for being the nation's top assistant coach. In 2013, Glass hired Amy Berbary, one of the most respected young soccer coaches in the country to helm the women's soccer program and in her first season, the team went to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 and set a school record for wins in a season. Glass also hired U.S. Olympic Diving Coach Drew Johansen to lead Indiana's celebrated diving program, and he was named Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year in his first season.
In Glass' tenure, Indiana student-athletes have excelled in the classroom as well as on the playing field. In 2013-14, IU had 229 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten distinction, including a school record 94 Fall student-athletes earning that honor. A program record, 26 football players were named Academic All-Big Ten. Along with 24 honorees in 2011 and 22 in 2012, the Hoosiers set a three-year school mark with 72 award winners under head coach Kevin Wilson. Fifteen teams earned a perfect 1,000 APR score for the 2012-13 school year. The NCAA also recognized the men's basketball, men's cross country, men's golf, men's soccer, men's outdoor track and field and women's tennis with an APR Public Recognition Award, which is given to high-performing teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all teams in their particular sports. The academic success of these teams is fortunately very typical of all IU sports which routinely exceed the NCAA 925 standard by a very large margin.
To help generate the financial resources necessary to pursue the department's priorities, Glass has eliminated six of the eight senior administrative staff positions he inherited freeing up nearly two million dollars; improved private fundraising, including securing the largest gift in the history of IU Athletics: $40 million from Cindy Simon-Skjodt for the upcoming renovation of Assembly Hall; renegotiated a lucrative 10-year multimedia rights agreement with Learfield Sports; and negotiated a $3 million agreement to play Penn State at Fed-Ex Field, among other innovative revenue generating initiatives. As a result of Glass's relentless focus on improving the game day football experience in and around Memorial Stadium, football attendance in Glass' first year as AD increased by 32%, the third largest one year percentage increase in average attendance in the country that year and the highest IU attendance since 1992. These attendance gains have been maintained and, in fact, a new attendance record was set in 2010. Indiana led the Big Ten in increased football attendance in 2012. Again focusing on preserving and improving the game atmosphere in Assembly Hall, in his first year Glass helped to double men's basketball student season ticket sales to the most in the conference- propelling Indiana to the 11th highest total attendance in the country and second highest in the conference. In 2013-2014, men's basketball attendance increased again as IU Athletics sold more student-season tickets (15,600) than any other program in the country and overall attendance ranked first in the Big Ten and sixth nationally.
With the help of these additional resources, Glass has furthered the department's priorities by adding personnel to make IU's compliance staff the second largest in the conference; adding academic advisors to move IU from ninth to third in the conference in student-athlete to academic advisor ratio; building a state of the art, 25,800 square foot, $3 million academic center moving IU from the smallest to the fourth largest (and most modern) academic center in the conference; opening a 25,000 square foot strength and conditioning center, upon completion the largest facility of its kind in the Big Ten - (replacing a facility that ranked last in the conference); opening Cook Hall, the finest basketball development facility and program shrine in the country; and otherwise improving the facilities of all 24 of IU's sports programs. Bart Kaufman Field (baseball) and Andy Mohr Field (softball) were completed on time and on budget prior to the 2013 season and allowed the baseball program to host the first NCAA Regional in school history. Glass successfully guided IU Athletics off of NCAA probation in November, 2011.
To ensure that the department meets the promise of The Spirit of Indiana, Glass established The Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Excellence Academy. The Excellence Academy integrates athletic department and university resources to assess, measure and ensure progress toward specific personal development goals. The Academy fully integrates the athletic department's academic support and life skills development programs, innovative strength and conditioning regimens, advanced sports medicine and athletic training services, expert sports psychology staff, and one of the very few full-time sports nutritionists in intercollegiate athletics, along with cutting-edge resources from other parts of the university. The Excellence Academy is emerging as one of the nation's most innovative and comprehensive student-athlete development programs in the country.
In 2011, Glass established the Spirit of Indiana Showcase, an annual awards gala celebrating the top athletic and academic achievements of IU student-athletes over the last year. Glass also announced the creation of The Spirit of Indiana Director's Award that honors the senior male and female student-athletes who, on the whole, best personify the tenets of The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team. Under Glass' stewardship, Indiana Athletics has been financially self-supporting. Each year of his tenure the Athletic Department has been financially self-sufficient without any special subsidy from the university, tax dollars, or student fees. In fact, the Athletic Department actually pays over $12 million to the University in tuition, room and board, books, and fees for its scholarship student-athletes.
Glass loves supporting IU's student-athletes and often attends competitions and practices, including travelling on road trips with the teams. Glass enjoys being present with the student-athletes, whether it's wearing a kilt at a field hockey game as a result of a challenge with players, sitting on the bench with the volleyball and softball teams, riding the bus with the baseball team, or jumping in the pool with the women's swimming and diving team upon winning their third straight Big Ten title. He also enjoys interacting with IU fans and is a fixture at pregame tailgate gatherings and cheering with the fans in the stands.
As a university vice president, he often attends academic events on campus, including the monthly meetings of the President's Cabinet of which he is a member. Glass has established an athletics sustainability initiative with the goal of becoming "the greenest athletic department in the Big Ten". IU Athletics finished first among Big Ten schools in two categories (Greenhouse Gas and Recycling) in the EPA Gameday Challenge. He served as co-chair of Indiana University's 2010 and 2011 United Way campaigns, during which the Department of Athletics participation rate soared from 9% to 80%. In the spring of 2011, Glass had his head shaved to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer at a St. Baldrick's event in Indianapolis, raising over $20,000 for the cause.
In May 2012, Glass received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IU's Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In April 2010, Glass was presented the Trevor R. Brown Award by the students of the Indiana Daily Student and the Arbutus for his contributions to the experiences of student journalists. Among his other honors and awards, Glass received the Brebeuf Jesuit President's Medal in 2007; The St. Thomas More Society Man for All Seasons Award in 2006; the 2006 Sprit of Service Community Service Award from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis; the 2005 Charles L. Whistler Award from The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee; the 2004 Fred McCashband Outstanding Alumnus Award (Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School); and the National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Graduate Award (St. Thomas Aquinas School in Indianapolis) in 2003.
Glass is a double graduate of Indiana University and had been a well known Indianapolis lawyer and civic leader before being named a vice president and the director of intercollegiate athletics at his alma mater. Born in Indianapolis, Glass earned bachelor's and law degrees from IU in 1981 and 1984, respectively.
Glass played a central role in several major sports-related initiatives in Indianapolis, including negotiating the 30-year agreement to keep the Colts in Indianapolis, developing Lucas Oil Stadium and an expanded Indiana Convention Center, and helping to negotiate the arrangement to regularly bring Final Fours and other major NCAA events to the city. Formerly a partner in the law firm of Baker & Daniels, Glass served as chairman of the firm's management committee and as the volunteer president of the city's Capital Improvement Board. Glass also has served as Chief of Staff to then Governor Evan Bayh, Chairman of then Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson's transition team, and in a number of other civic, legal, and sports related positions.
Glass also served as president of the City of Indianapolis' 2011 Super Bowl Bid Committee, which although not successful for that year, has been credited with successfully laying the groundwork for the city's successful bid for 2012. At the time of Glass's appointment Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, said, "I worked very closely with Fred on the Super Bowl effort, and I was very impressed with his vision, leadership and judgment. Indiana University has made an outstanding choice."
Upon his appointment of Glass, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie said, "In all of these major undertakings, Fred demonstrated a remarkable talent for leadership, for mastering the details of big challenges, for diplomacy, and for consensus building. He has a well-earned reputation as someone who can get the big things done. He is exactly the person we need to take on the challenges our Athletics Department will encounter in the next decade."
Glass and his wife, Barbara, who Fred met at an IU football game and graduated from IU in 1980, are the parents of four children and one grandchild. They are: Katie, 28, a 2008 IU Kelley School graduate and her husband Tom Askey, also a 2008 Kelley School graduate, and their daughter Betsy; Joe, 26 (Marquette University `10) a 2014 graduate of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law; Connor, 22 a 2014 IU School of Journalism graduate; and George, 19 (IU '17). Fred, Barbara, Katie, Tom, Joe, and Connor are life members of the IU Alumni Association.
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