Director of Athletics Ingold named conference's female administrator of the year

Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner Kevin T. McGinniss announced that Penn State Altoona Director of Athletics Fredina M. Ingold has been named the ECAC Jostens Female Administrator of the Year. Ingold will be recognized at the 2013 ECAC Honors Dinner, part of the 25th annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show that will be held Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in North Falmouth, Mass.

The ECAC Jostens Female Administrator of the Year is presented annually to an administrator from an ECAC member institution or conference in recognition of outstanding or meritorious service to the ECAC.

"I am deeply moved that I have been chosen to receive this recognition from the ECAC,” Ingold said. “I've been blessed over the years to have had great mentors and be surrounded by talented and hardworking staff and coaches who have helped me achieve all my successes. This award is a testament to the people who have impacted my life, and I will continue to pay it forward."

Ingold has 35 years of service at Penn State Altoona, including 28 as the director of intercollegiate athletics. During her tenure in Altoona, she has successfully elevated the intercollegiate athletic program from junior college status to NCAA Division III membership, increased the number of intercollegiate sports, and led the construction of new athletic facilities and the improvement of pre-existing facilities. She has been the head coach of the Lions’ women’s basketball team, women’s tennis team, men’s club golf, men’s club volleyball, and the men’s and women’s swim teams.

“Fredina Ingold is the consummate professional. She is a role model to her staff, her profession and the student-athletes she serves,” Commissioner McGinnis said. “She is a strong, fair and hardworking leader who volunteers countless hours outside of Penn State Altoona supporting and furthering the initiatives of the ECAC.”

Ingold has been committed to the students, her colleagues, and the mission of both Penn State Altoona and the ECAC. She has served in various administrative capacities throughout her career, including director of student marketing and enrollment at Altoona from 1994-99. She has also been a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council, the NCAA Olympic Committee, the NCAA Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Committee, the NCAA Academic Issues Subcommittee, and the NCAA Convention Planning Subcommittee, which she chaired. From 2010-12, Ingold was the president of the ECAC Board of Directors.

“On behalf of our entire Penn State Altoona community, I express heartfelt congratulations to Fredina on her selection as the ECAC Female Administrator of the Year. This honor is a testament to Fredina’s commitment to intercollegiate athletics and to student-athletes,” said Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, chancellor and dean of Penn State Altoona. “Fredina takes great pride in her work with others to provide top-notch intercollegiate athletic competitions. She cares deeply about student-athletes and inspires them to achieve their full potential both in the classroom and in their athletic pursuits. Fredina is a great role model for student-athletes, and they admire her.”

Ingold's commitment to intercollegiate athletics reaches far beyond her current administrative duties. She has created the Fredina M. Ingold Intercollegiate Athletics Enhancement Endowment at Penn State Altoona, which provides discretionary funds that will move intercollegiate athletics forward in new and innovative ways to enhance the extracurricular experience for student-athletes, satisfy the expectations of a cutting edge coaching staff and provide attractive entertainment options for alumni and fans in the community.

In 2009, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) presented Ingold with the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award for the NCAA Division III Central Region of the United States. In 2002, she received the Robert J. Scannell Roll of Honor Award for serving the Penn State Commonwealth Education System, Athletic, Intramural and Recreation Programs with distinction. Ingold was also the first woman inductee in the Blair County (Pa.) Sports Hall of Fame.

Ingold resides in State College with her husband, Rand Allison, and daughter Taylor.
 

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Last Updated July 18, 2013