Ron Prettyman - Director of Athletics

Under the leadership of Ron Prettyman, is in his 11th year as the Director of Athletics at Indiana State University, the Sycamore athletics program has enjoyed tremendous growth in not only its national success in the playing arena and classroom, but with financial support and facility improvements as well.

Prettyman has overseen a million dollar renovation to the football/women's soccer facility at Memorial Stadium, the design and construction of a state-of-the-art athletics strength & conditioning facility, the addition of a 1.5 million dollar video board at the Hulman Center, the addition of stadium seating to the softball park, a complete renovation of Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium, the construction of an indoor practice facility for all sports, and the renovation of the ISU Arena into a volleyball competition/basketball practice facility. In 2014, Prettyman was also named a member to the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

Under Prettyman’s direction, the athletics department has reestablished the Sycamore Varsity Club and has renewed the I-Club partnership with the Indiana State University Foundation.

The visibility of the Sycamore athletics program, both regionally and nationally, has also been enhanced with the creation of and the partnership with Nelligan Sports Marketing.  Indiana State has also hosted seven NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship meets. 

Prettyman has led national searches and brought in some of the nation’s top coaches and the department is also recognized for academic excellence with multiple awards at the conference, regional and national level.

In November of 2008, Prettyman and ISU President Dr. Dan Bradley welcomed family members of legendary Sycamore men's basketball head coach John Wooden as the university renamed the playing court, the Nellie & John Wooden Court. The ceremony included a video taped message of appreciation from Coach Wooden, himself. 

Prettyman has served as an athletics director for nearly 30 years with stints at Vanguard University (1983-95) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (1995-2005) prior to joining the Indiana State family.  In February, Prettyman was honored as Vanguard University’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year.

A well-respected administrator nationally, Prettyman has twice been named the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Administrator of the Year (2004, 2011).

  He has served on several NCAA national committees as well as the Executive Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Executive Committee.  Prettyman was also a member of the NCAA Division I Recruiting Cabinet from 2007-2011.
 He is a past president of both the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association and the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

During his tenure at Dominguez Hills, Prettyman played an integral role in the construction of the $200 million Home Depot Center, built on the CSUDH campus.  The Home Depot Center
is designated as a USA Olympic Training Center, which is the only such designation on any college campus in the nation.
 While serving as athletics director at Vanguard University for 13 years, Prettyman was also an associate professor of health, physical education and recreation classes, and head coach for the men’s and women’s tennis teams, baseball and women’s basketball teams.

Active in community affairs, Prettyman was on the Los Angeles 2012 Olympic Bid Committee in 2001. He was a member of the Carson Coordinating Council and Carson Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, a past member of the Gardena/Carson YMCA Executive Board, LA Watts Summer Games Advisory Committee, and the Pigskin Classic Organizing Committee.

Prettyman, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., holds a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Vanguard University and a master’s degree in education from California State University at Stanislaus.  He played both basketball and tennis in college and coached at the high school level for four years prior to becoming an athletic administrator. 

Ron and Carol, his wife of nearly 36 years, have two children, Shara Enyeart, and husband Craig, and Ronnie Prettyman, and wife Tiffiny, and three wonderful grandsons, Colton, Connor and Corbin.
John Sherman - Senior Assistant Athletics Director, Marketing and Media Relations

   John Sherman is set to begin his 10th season as the Senior Assistant Athletics Director at Indiana State overseeing the media relations and marketing efforts for the department.

   Under his leadership, the marketing and promotional efforts both in and out of game have improved to new levels. Sherman has also been able to successfully market the Universities 14 intercollegiate sports on a national level through the ESPN3 and digital media platforms.

   Sherman graduated from Indiana State University in 1988 with a Bachelors of Science in Journalism and earned the Indiana State Sportscaster of the Year award in 1987 and 1988. Prior to Indiana State, Sherman was a graduate of Putnam High School in Putnam, Conn. in 1984 where he was a two sport athlete in both Basketball and Baseball.

  Sherman and is married to former Sycamore thrower and Hall of Famer Christy Barrett, and has a son, Jack (14). 
Joel McMullen - Assistant Athletics Director, Compliance

Joel McMullen joined the Indiana State University athletics department staff as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance in August 2007.  In this position, McMullen is responsible for all facets of NCAA, Missouri Valley Conference and institutional compliance on ISU’s campus.  He also has sport supervision responsibilities over several sports and supervises a compliance staff, graduate assistants and interns.

Prior to his arrival at Indiana State, McMullen served as the compliance officer and was the head men’s and women’s cross country coach at Division II Eastern New Mexico University from 2004-2007.  He also hosted the weekly television coaches’ show and performed various other functions.

From 2003-04, McMullen worked in the Oklahoma State University compliance office assisting with various aspects of the intercollegiate program.

McMullen obtained his associate’s degree from Barton County Community College, his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University.  During his high school and college years, he was a cross country and track student-athlete.

He and his wife, Ina, married in 1984 and have two grown sons, Austen and Ian.

Angie Lansing - Assistant Athletics Director, Business Operations / SWA 

Angie Lansing enters her 10th season on staff for the Indiana State University Athletics Department, serving as Assistant Athletic Director for Business as well as Senior Woman Administrator. 


A native of Batesville, Ind., Lansing (formerly Menser) was a standout track and field and cross country athlete at Indiana State from 1995-98. She still holds school records in the mile (4:50.12) and 1,500 meter (4:27.92). 


Lansing was a five-time Missouri Valley Conference champion in track and field and earned 11 All-Missouri Valley Conference selections — six indoor and five outdoor. She also received multiple selections to the Missouri Valley Conference Track and Field Scholar-Athlete team.


She was inducted in to the Indiana State Hall of Fame in October 2014 as part of the 23rd inductee class. 


Currently, Lansing, in addition to her SWA and business manager roles, serves as the administrator for a variety of Sycamore sports including women’s soccer, softball, women’s golf and volleyball as well as strength and conditioning. She also serves as the Missouri Valley Conference SAAC liaison as part of the conference relations committee.


In addition, Lansing served on the local planning committee for the NCAA Cross Country Championships held by Indiana State. In 2014, Lansing was named to the NCAA Division I Track and Field Committee which will run through 2018. She will serve a one year appointment as the chair of the committee beginning in September 2015.

Joe Sander - Faculty Representative

   Along with teaching as an Accounting Professor in the Scott College of Business at Indiana State, Dr. Joe Sanders also serves as the department's Faculty Representative. Sanders has been on staff with the university for 22 years.

   A native of Charleston, Ill., Sanders graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University in 1981. In 1985, Sanders earned his MRA degree, also from nearby Eastern Illinois University. In 1992, Sanders earned his Ph.D from the University of Kentucky and holds a CPA certification.

   Sanders has a wife, Sandy, and three children Jenny (23), Nate (22) and Mallory (18). Sanders also enjoys running and playing raquetball, tennis and pickleball in is spare time.