Sara Hollabaugh, Online Editor
Athletics Director Roger Ingles is leaving OWU to become director of athletics at Capital University.
On March 23, President Rock Jones sent a campus-wide email stating Ingles is leaving behind his combined 33 years of experience at OWU as a coach and director.
In his email, Jones said Ingles will “oversee 20 men’s and women’s varsity sports.”
According to the Batthing Bishops staff director, Ingles coached baseball for 22 seasons, was assistant athletics director for seven years and associate athletics director for three years before he became the athletics director.
Before becoming interim athletics director, Ingles was associate athletics director for 3 years and assistant athletics director for 7 years.
Jones wrote of Ingles’ success at OWU as both baseball coach and athletics director.
“During his 22 seasons coaching the Bishops, Roger’s teams earned 15 NCAA Division III postseason appearances and eight North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships,” Jones said. “Roger’s accomplishments include creating the student scholar-athlete awards banquet, expanding the coaching and athletic training staffs, working to improve gender equity across the athletics spectrum, and helping to improve Ohio Wesleyan’s athletics facilities.”
Jones added Ingles brought OWU two NCAA men’s and women’s track & field national championships and one men’s and women’s cross country national championship.
“Ask Roger what he’s most proud of during his tenure as Athletics Director, and all of his comments have a common theme: Supporting Ohio Wesleyan student-athletes, helping players achieve academic as well as athletic success, and preparing them for happy, healthy, well-balanced lives,” Jones said in his email.
Ingles said, to Jones, joining Capital University’s athletic program will challenge him.
“I have great love for Ohio Wesleyan. I am proud of all that has been accomplished here. Capital is looking to enhance its athletics programs and facilities, and this is just the kind of opportunity and challenge that I like to take on,” Ingles said.
The Transcript is reaching out to Ingles and other members of the athletic department at this time and will update the story when information is available.