Sherard Clinkscales - Director of Athletics

 

In his first year as the Director of Athletics at Indiana State is Sherard Clinkscales.

 

Clinkscales comes to Indiana State from North Carolina State where he most recently served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Services and Sport Administration.

 

“First, I want to thank God for this opportunity,” Clinkscales said. “I’m extremely grateful to Dr. Dan Bradley and the administration at Indiana State University. I can’t wait to meet with the members of the Sycamore family as we get the ball rolling with Sycamore Athletics. I feel very honored and blessed to be the Director of Athletics at Indiana State.”

 

Clinkscales joined NC State in July 2011 as an Associate Director of Athletics and was quickly promoted in January of 2012. While with the Wolfpack, he worked for legendary athletics administrator Debbie Yow.

 

"Sherard is a professional whose first concern is the quality of the experience for student athletes, followed closely by a desire to engage alumni and fans in the life of the University and athletics department,” Yow said. “He is thrilled to return to his home state and ready to make a difference for Indiana State. We will miss his sizable contributions, but we always knew he was destined to become an AD."

 

Clinkscales was selected following a national search, chaired by Diann McKee, Indiana State University Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration/University Treasurer.

 

"We were encouraged and pleased that our pool attracted a large number of experienced and highly competent candidates,” McKee said. “The Search Committee felt we had merited serious consideration from highly qualified athletic professionals.  The position profile was not an easy match - having a strong background in NCAA compliance, fundraising, and Athletic administration set a high bar."

 

Clinkscales provided oversight to multiple administrative units and sports at NC State, including strength and conditioning, sports medicine, nutrition, housing, and student services. He also served as the departmental liaison to the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes (ASPSA) and supervised baseball, wrestling, volleyball, as well as the men and women's soccer programs. He was also a member of the Athletics Cabinet and participated in financial and capital deliberations. Clinkscales served as Vice Chair for the ACC Wrestling Committee as well.

 

He currently serves as the chair of the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct. In the summer of 2013, Clinkscales attended the prestigious DIA Athletics Directors' Association Athletic Directors' Institute, a "by invitation only" gathering of the most talented intercollegiate professionals.

Clinkscales is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.A. in history and came to NC State after working two years for the NCAA at its main headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. With the NCAA, he served as an assistant director of championships. In addition, he was chosen to serve on a number of internal committees. 



He drafted and presented sport-specific legislation to the NCAA Championship Cabinets and Management Council, and also led the NCAA's Division III branding initiative throughout all championships.



As Assistant Director of Championships, Clinkscales had direct oversight over seven different championships, including men's and women's soccer, women's lacrosse, national collegiate rifle and men's hockey. He directed a staff of 35, and was charged with leading the individual sports committees during tournament selections, building relationships with external constituencies and creating revenue opportunities around championships while managing a budget of roughly $500,000.



Clinkscales came to administration after a long and distinguished career as an athlete, coach and scout in college and professional baseball. A first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals, he played three seasons in the Royals minor league organization before injuries derailed his playing career.

 

Clinkscales parlayed his connections into a position with the Atlanta Braves as an area scouting supervisor (1997-99). He later was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays assistant director of scouting (1999-2001) and returned to the Braves as an area scouting supervisor (2001-05) before being promoted to the position of Professional Scout.

 

He left the professional ranks in 2006 and served as an assistant baseball coach at Notre Dame from 2006-09, where he was the pitching coach and assisted in recruiting.



While at Purdue, Clinkscales did walk on and play for Gene Keady's 1989-90 basketball team, which finished as Big Ten runner-up. His teammate and roommate on the road was Matt Painter, now head coach of the Boilermakers.



Clinkscales is the cofounder of After Sport Group, an organization that conducts on-campus career workshops for student-athletes.



He is currently pursuing a MS at North Carolina State in the PRTM program with a concentration in sports management.



Clinkscales has two children, a son Alex (16), and a daughter Tara (14), who both attend Cary High School.

 

Angie Lansing - Senior Associate Athletics Director / Senior Woman Administrator
  Angie Lansing is in her 10th season on staff for the Indiana State University Athletics Department, and is currently the Senior Woman Administrator and Senior Associate Athletics Director. 

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

  Currently, Lansing serves as the leader of all internal operations for Sycamore Athletics as well as the administrator for a variety of Sycamore sports including women’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball, women’s golf, volleyball and women’s swimming and diving 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, she served as the Interim Director of Athletics from mid-December 2015 through February 2016 following Ron Prettyman's tenure. 

    Lansing serves 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 is currently serving a one year appointment as the chair of the committee during the 2015-16 academic year.

 

 
John Sherman - Senior Assistant Athletics Director

   John Sherman is in 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.

 
Joe Sanders - 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.