Under the leadership of Ron Prettyman, now in his seventh 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.
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 GoSycamores.com 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 two wonderful grandsons, Colton and Connor.