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NCAA names Prettyman managing director of championships and alliances

The NCAA has appointed Ron Prettyman as the managing director of championships and alliances. Prettyman will oversee the operation and management of multiple NCAA championships, including the College World Series, as well as the playing rules and officiating group. He will also serve as the primary staff liaison for the Division I Football Oversight Committee. He begins his new role on Jan. 4 and will attend the FCS Championship game in Frisco, Texas on Jan. 9.

Prettyman joins the NCAA staff with 33 years of experience as the senior athletics director for three collegiate programs as well as serving in several NCAA committee roles.  Most recently, he served as the Indiana State University athletics director for 10 years. He has also led California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Vanguard University. 

“I am excited to have Ron join the NCAA team in his new role,” said Mark Lewis, executive vice president of championships and alliances. “He is a natural fit with his strong work ethic, integrity and diverse background in college athletics, including his knowledge from managing a Football Championship Subdivision program and his experience with the College World Series in a variety of capacities.”

Prettyman will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for a number of Division I and national championships, including FCS football, baseball, women’s volleyball, rifle, men’s ice hockey, bowling, men’s tennis and beach volleyball.

“Ron Prettyman has done a great job with our athletic program,” said Daniel Bradley, president, Indiana State University. “In addition to significantly improving the overall performance of our athletic programs through the hiring of a strong coaching staff, he has led efforts to upgrade our facilities and has made our program more competitive. I wish him all the best.”

He worked on a number of NCAA committees during his decades in college athletics, including the Olympic Sports Liaison Committee, the Division II Nominating Committee, the Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Committee and the Division I Baseball Committee, on which he currently serves.

“We’re extremely happy for Ron Prettyman with his move to NCAA championship administration,” said Doug Elgin, Missouri Valley Conference commissioner. “He’s been an AD for more than 30 years, and he’s a perfect fit for this position. Ron has been an important part of the Missouri Valley’s leadership during his 10 years at Indiana State, and he has hired great staff and coaches during his years in Terre Haute. Ron has had important roles and relevant experience within the NCAA structure, serving on the NCAA Baseball Committee, the NCAA Recruiting Cabinet and several committee positions in Division II. The NCAA staff and membership are going to benefit greatly from his experience and maturity as an administrator.”

Prettyman replaces Damani Leech, who now serves as the NFL vice president for football strategy and business development.

“Competing in a national championship can be the pinnacle of a college athlete’s experience,” said Prettyman. “I’m excited to join the NCAA national office staff and look forward to the challenge of continuing to provide an excellent championship experience for student-athletes while also bringing new ideas on how we can continue to make memories for college athletes as they compete at the highest levels.”