Following an extensive search process that began in November, Capital University is prepared to announce that Mr. Roger Ingles has accepted an offer to become the director of Athletics and Recreation. Ingles joins the Purple and White after a highly successful 12-year tenure as director of athletics at Ohio Wesleyan University.
"What an exciting time for Capital University!"
President Beth Paul stated, "We are so pleased to welcome Roger to our Cap Fam. We hold in high esteem our colleagues at Ohio Wesleyan University and feel grateful that Roger will further advance the contributions of Capital's athletics program, to student learning, community engagement, and pride."
Ingles has spent the last 33 years at Ohio Wesleyan University, an NCAA Division III institution located in Delaware, Ohio, in a variety of capacities. He started his Battling Bishop career as the head baseball coach in 1984, a post he served for 22 seasons. In addition to leading teams on the diamond, Ingles was an assistant for the OWU women's basketball and football programs for a number of years. He transitioned into an administrative role in 1994 as assistant athletics director prior to being named the interim, and eventually full-time athletics director in 2005. He has served in that capacity since, leading to his hire at Capital.
Ingles also spent six years as the commissioner of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League (1999-2005) and a number of years coaching various Central Ohio summer baseball clubs between 1982 to 2000.
"I would like to thank President [Beth] Paul for this tremendous opportunity to lead Capital Athletics forward," said Ingles. "I think President Paul's coming to Capital with a renewed vision for the university, athletic department and the Capital community was very appealing in this decision. She is committed making Capital the very best in all areas. I am really excited to work with our coaches and staff, and build on the tremendous momentum and growth of the department."
"I have great respect and love for Ohio Wesleyan, which speaks to how strong an opportunity this is at Capital," said Ingles. "What really impressed me is the Cap Family, and how everyone I met here is sold on how real 'Cap Fam' is. I am very excited to be a part of it."
Ingles has been key in Ohio Wesleyan Athletics' consistent elevation of the overall quality in a variety of areas. Under his direction, Ohio Wesleyan became a regular contender in a multitude of sports and in the conference's all-sports championship race, which measures the athletic success of each school's male and female programs, and department as a whole. Ohio Wesleyan is a three-time NCAC All-Sports champion (2007, 2008, 2009) and has finished in the top three of the overall standings in each of the last three seasons under Ingles' leadership.
Among many of Ingles' accomplishments at Ohio Wesleyan, the increased number of full-time staff positions within the athletics department, enhancement of the student-athlete experience, and facility improvement stand out as significant contributions toward its ascension in the NCAC. Over the last 10 years, Ingles has helped grow the department from 16 to 43 full-time staff members to guide its student-athletes. In 2010, women's golf was added as its 23rd varsity sport. The athletics department will continue to grow with the addition of men's wrestling and women's crew as club sports in 2017-18, and their matriculation into varsity programs in 2018-19.
While Ingles was the athletics director at Ohio Wesleyan, student-athletes have maintained higher grade-point averages, retention and graduation rates than non-student-athletes. Ingles was integral in establishing an annual scholar-athlete recognition banquet to celebrate each year's successes, which has been appreciated by participants and admired by many in the region.
Ingles has also balanced the preservation of historic athletic venues, such as famed Branch Rickey Arena and Selby Stadium, with the improvement of long-standing sites such as the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, and the construction of additional surfaces such as the George Gauthier Track and Luttinger Family Tennis Center. Advancements in the quality of its facilities include lighting and turf surfaces and renovations to many places student-athletes call home. Many of those improvements have led to Ohio Wesleyan being selected to host national championship events including two NCAA Division III track and field championships (2011, 2014) and the 2005 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, in addition to a host of NCAA regional championship events.
Much of the financial support for Ohio Wesleyan Athletics was generated internally by Ingles' fundraising experience. As athletics director, Ingles spearheaded fundraising efforts that raised $40 million for athletic and recreational enhancement over the past decade. He has also collaborated with the OWU advancement department to raise more than $500,000 annually for operational and special needs leading to increased budgets and staffing.
During the 2004-05 academic year while serving as interim athletics director, Ingles was named a 2005 Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport, which recognizes the great strides and ethical initiatives being undertaken at the NCAA Division III level.
Ingles has a long-standing history with Ohio Wesleyan that spans well before his time leading the athletic department. He joined the Battling Bishops team as the University's head baseball coach in 1984, and over 22 seasons built a hall-of-fame resume that includes nearly 650 wins, eight conference titles, and 15 NCAA national playoff appearances. Ingles is decorated with eight NCAC Coach of the Year awards and was once named Mideast Region Coach of the Year. He has coached more than 175 all-conference selections, 22 All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans, one National Player of the Year, and has seen 24 of his players sign professional baseball contracts. From 1990 to 2004, he built the second-winningest baseball program in the nation, and has an overall career record of 645-322-8 to account for a .666 win percentage.
Ingles also served as assistant women's basketball coach from 1991 to 1995, a time in which he aided the Battling Bishops to their first two NCAC championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in school history. He also was an assistant football coach for the Battling Bishops from 1985 to 1990 and was a part of the team's first NCAC championship in school history (1989).
In 1994, Ingles earned the title of assistant athletics director in addition to his head coaching responsibilities and was elevated to associate athletics director in 2001. In 2004, he was named interim athletics director and was appointed to athletics director the following year.
Ingles began his coaching career at Ridgedale High School (Morral, Ohio) in 1980 where for two years he taught classes and was a basketball, football, and baseball coach. He became a graduate assistant at his alma mater, The Ohio State University, in 1982 where he was an assistant baseball coach while he completed his master's degree. Eight players went on to be drafted into Major League Baseball (MLB), and as pitching coach he helped several of his pupils earn All-Big Ten accolades.
Ingles holds a Bachelor of Arts in comprehensive social studies education from Ohio State in addition to his master's degree in athletic administration and coaching. His wife, Jo, is employed by Ohio Public Radio and Television, teaches broadcasting courses and serves as adviser to the student newspaper at Ohio Wesleyan. He has two children, both of whom are OWU graduates. His daughter, Sarah, is studying at Capital University Law School, and his son, Brad, is Ohio Wesleyan's assistant director for young alumni.
Ingles will begin his duties as director of athletics and recreation at Capital University on June 1, 2017.