California Baptist names Interim Athletic Director

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California Baptist University President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis announced on Wednesday that 38-year intercollegiate athletics industry veteran Ron Prettyman will serve as the Interim Athletics Director beginning on September 28.

“Ron Prettyman has a tremendous history of success for promoting athletic and academic excellence at multiple institutions,” said Dr. Ellis. “We are looking forward to having his advice and counsel on campus as we seek a permanent leader for Lancer athletics.”

Prettyman has 33 years of experience as an Athletics Director with stints at Indiana State (2005-2015), Cal State Dominguez Hills (1995-2005) and Vanguard University (1983-95). He was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as an Under Armour AD of the Year in 2004 and 2011.

“We are excited to have Ron help guide us as our institution and athletics department navigates through COVID-19 concerns as well as the NCAA Division I transition process,” said Kent Dacus, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services. “We are blessed to have somebody with Ron’s experience and expertise as we continue to move forward in meeting the vision put in place by Dr. Ellis.”

The Lancers are in the third year of a four-year transition process to NCAA Division I primarily as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). In CBU’s final year at the DII level in 2018, the Lancers won the Learfield Directors’ Cup, which is awarded annually to the nation’s best overall collegiate athletics program. The Lancers have captured three WAC championships since starting the transition process.

As much success as the Lancers have had athletically, they have also done so academically. CBU’s student-athletes have boasted over a 3.0 GPA the last 16 semesters, including a department record 3.445 GPA in 2019-20.

“I am looking forward to working with President Ellis and Vice President Dacus during an exciting time of transition at CBU,” Prettyman said. “They are committed to building a successful Division I athletics department, and I am eager to help advance the cause in this role.”

Prettyman, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., most recently held the position of Vice President at Snodgrass Partners, Inc. Snodgrass Partners is an executive search and consulting firm. His responsibilities were primarily collegiate and professional sports related. He assisted with placing executives in various athletics related roles across the country.

From 2016-18, Prettyman was the Managing Director of Championships at the NCAA. He had global oversight of 17 NCAA National Championships including the College World Series, Division I Football, women’s volleyball, women’s swimming and diving, women’s water polo and several others. He was the primary liaison to the Football Oversight Committee and worked with Rules and Officials functions for all sports at all NCAA levels. Additionally, certification of all college football bowl games was also among the responsibilities.

Prettyman enjoyed an incredible run of success at Indiana State including six different NCAA Tournament appearances with five different sports and a school-record second place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy standings during the 2014-15 academic year. Indiana State finished inside the Top 5 of the MVC All-Sports Trophy standings in each of his final five years. The Sycamore football team returned to the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2014 that ended a 30-year drought for the program. Other programs that appeared in the NCAA Tournament during Prettyman’s tenure include men’s basketball (2011), baseball (2012 & 2014), softball (2015) and women’s tennis (2008). Additionally, the men’s basketball team reached the postseason for five consecutive seasons (2010-14) in various national tournaments and the track & field program won numerous individual national championships and secured several NCAA All-American honors.

During his 10-year stint as the Athletics Director at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Prettyman played a key role in the on-campus construction of the $200-million Home Depot Center, now known as the Dignity Health Sports Park.

Prior to that, Prettyman spent 13 years as the Athletics Director at Vanguard, where he earned his undergraduate degree in health, physical education and recreation, and competed in basketball and tennis.

He holds a master’s degree in education from California State University at Stanislaus.

Ron and Carol, his wife of 44 years, have two grown children, Shara Enyeart (a teacher in Indiana) and husband Craig, and Ronnie Prettyman (assistant baseball coach at the University of Washington) and wife Tiffiny. They have five grandchildren: Colton, Connor and Corbin Enyeart, and Kannen and Cali Prettyman.

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