Roger Ingles, athletics director at Ohio Wesleyan University, has resigned to accept the Director of Athletics position at Capital University, it was announced Thursday. Ingles will leave Ohio Wesleyan in May and will begin at Capital on June 1.
“I have great love for Ohio Wesleyan,” Ingles said. “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 served as athletics director at Ohio Wesleyan for 12 years. He was named athletics director in 2005 after serving as interim AD for one year, associate AD for 3 years, and assistant AD for 7 years. Ingles also served as Ohio Wesleyan’s baseball coach for 22 seasons.
OWU President Rock Jones said, “In the words of baseball legend and Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Branch Rickey, ‘It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.’ During his 33-year tenure at Ohio Wesleyan, Roger Ingles has created a strong legacy. In everything he does, Roger puts student-athletes first, working tirelessly to help them succeed both athletically and academically. He is an articulate and passionate spokesman for NCAA Division III athletics, and we wish him well in his new role.”
In addition to being a leader at Ohio Wesleyan, he has been a leader in Division III athletics nationwide. Ingles served as chair of the North Coast Athletic Conference athletics directors for 6 years, and was a member of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament selection committee.
He founded the Dale J. Bruce Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner, expanded the full-time coaching staff and the athletic training staff, worked to improve gender equity across the athletics spectrum, and helped to improve Ohio Wesleyan’s athletics facilities.
The Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center, the Luttinger Family Tennis Center, and Margaret Sagan Field were built during his time as athletics director. Edwards Gymnasium, the Morrill Strength and Conditioning Room, and the Simpson Querrey Fitness Center were completely renovated, and Selby Stadium, the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, and Gordon Field House received significant improvements.
Ohio Wesleyan hosted the NCAA Division III men’s and women’s track & field championships in 2011 and 2014, and the NCAA Division III men’s and women’s cross country championships in 2005.
Ohio Wesleyan added 3 sports — women’s golf, men’s wrestling, and women’s rowing — raising its complement of varsity sports to 25.
Ingles enjoyed great success as the OWU baseball coach. His teams made 15 NCAA Division III postseason appearances and won 8 NCAC championships. He posted a career record of 645-322-8, a winning percentage of .666. Ingles’ teams won at least 20 games during each of his last 20 seasons. In addition to serving as Ohio Wesleyan’s head baseball coach, Ingles also has been an assistant coach in football and women’s basketball, helping both of those teams win their first NCAC championships.
OWU Sports Information contributed to this report.