Ball State taps Notre Dame's deputy AD Bill School for athletic director

Bill Scholl

Ball State announced Monday that Bill Scholl will be the university's next athletic director. President Jo Ann M. Gora made the announcement Monday afternoon.

Scholl comes from the University of Notre Dame, where he served as deputy athletic director. He supervised Fighting Irish sports programs including football, men's basketball, baseball and men's soccer. He is responsible for senior-level administration such as fundraising and donor relations, divisional budget construction and growing external revenue.

"I'm so pleased to introduce Bill to the Ball State community," Gora said. "Our student-athletes, fans and donors immediately will find him to be warm and personable. He is a seasoned leader and skilled communicator with a long track record of increasing responsibility and success. Bill has played a major role in developing Notre Dame athletics into a well-rounded athletics department where most of the university's sports enjoy success at the national level. He understands both the opportunities and challenges that come with managing a large and complex athletics program with a national profile."

Ball State pointed to Scholl's accomplishment to grow Notre Dame's baseball program into a "destination for baseball talent in the northern U.S. The team earned its first trip to the College World Series in 2002 - the first time in 45 years - and won nine conference titles. Mainieri is now head coach at national powerhouse Louisiana State University."

Scholl is also credited with raising the profile of the Notre Dame women's basketball program, which has blossomed into a team that routinely ranks in the top 10 in the NCAA for attendance. The team rose to the final game of the NCAA tournament this year, falling only to undefeated Baylor.

Scholl also led an $84 million athletics fundraising initiative for the Spirit of Notre Dame campaign. With coaches, he has managed issues of compliance, budgets, scheduling, media strategy and recruitment.