Ingold Announces Retirement from Penn State Altoona
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 387 hits
ALTOONA, Pa. – Penn State Altoona Director of Athletics Fredina M. Ingold has formally announced her retirement from her post as the top administrator in the campus’ athletics department. Ingold’s retirement was announced internally this spring and is effective Monday, June 30.
Throughout her 37 years of service to Penn State Altoona, Ingold was committed to the students, her colleagues, and the university's mission of teaching, research, and service. She played a critical role in the growth and development of Penn State Altoona's intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports programs since joining the staff in 1977.
"I want to express my gratitude to the Penn State Altoona community for a lifetime of memories," said Ingold. "It has been a wonderful ride which I will never forget. I will miss you all."
During the course of Ingold’s tenture, Penn State Altoona’s varsity athletics program expanded to 16 teams and successfully transitioned from junior college status to NCAA Division III membership – all of this occurring after the athletics program was eliminated from 1991-1993. The athletics program is currently a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), as well as an associate member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). Ingold has also overseen numerous improvements to the campus’ sports facilities, including the Stephen A. Adler Athletic Complex renovation and expansion project, which is expected to be completed in 2016.
Ingold began her distinguished career in athletics on the court and playing field. She was a member of the first high school basketball team at Altoona Area High School, where she was the rover on what was then a six-person team. Ingold continued her sports career collegiately at Penn State Altoona, where she was a member of the first women's varsity volleyball and basketball teams, and at University Park, where she was a member of the softball team and assisted in the transition to the first varsity women's volleyball team.
After college, Ingold continued her participation in sports, becoming an accomplished racquetball player. In 1988, she captured the North American Women's Masters Championship. Ingold also took home the gold medal in mixed doubles at the U.S. National Championships and won Pennsylvania State titles in singles, women's doubles, and mixed-doubles.
In 1990, Ingold became the first woman inductee in the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame. 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's commitment to the university and to intercollegiate athletics reached far beyond her administrative duties. She created the "Fredina M. Ingold Intercollegiate Athletics Enhancement Endowment" at Penn State Altoona, which provides discretionary funds that are crucial to moving the intercollegiate athletics program forward in new and innovative ways.
In 2009, Ingold was presented with the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award for the NCAA Division III Central Region of the United States. The award is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). In 2013, she was named the ECAC Jostens Female Administrator of the Year, an honor presented to an administrator from an ECAC member institution or conference in recognition of outstanding or meritorious service to the ECAC.
Ingold served as a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council, NCAA Olympic Committee, NCAA Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Committee, NCAA Academic Issues Subcommittee, and chaired the NCAA Convention Planning Subcommittee. She was president of the ECAC Board of Directors and served on the board for numerous years in various roles.
Ingold resides in State College with her husband, Rand Allison, and daughter Taylor, who is entering her sophomore year at Saint Francis University (PA) and plays on the women’s basketball team.
Brent Baird, the Assistant Director of Athletics, will serve as the Interim Director of Athletics following Ingold’s retirement. Baird’s service to Penn State Altoona began in 1994, when he was a member of the Office of Admissions. He transitioned into the athletics department, where he took on the roles of Compliance Officer and Sports Information Director. In 2007, Baird assumed his current position as Assistant Director of Athletics.