Fredina M. Ingold
Director of Athletics
Office: 102A Adler Athletic Complex
Fredina M. Ingold began what would become a distinguished career in athletics the way most women in sports did so long ago: without distinction. Participating in athletics at a time when women weren't always considered athletes, Ingold has seen and experienced the growth of women's athletics from the court to the sideline to the boardroom, while serving as a pioneer for women's sports.
Ingold's athletic career on the court and on the field consisted of many firsts. 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 at the collegiate level. At Penn State Altoona, she was a member of the first women's varsity volleyball and basketball teams; at University Park, 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 athletics, 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.
Throughout her 33 years of service to Penn State Altoona, Ingold has been committed to the students, her colleagues, and the university's mission of teaching, research, and service. While serving in various administrative capacities, Ingold has 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. A former faculty member, she coached the women's varsity basketball and tennis teams, men's club golf and volleyball, and the men's and women's swim teams.
In 1986, Ingold was appointed Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Penn State Altoona, and she also served as the Director of Student Marketing and Enrollment from 1994-1999. Under Ingold's direction the 14-team intercollegiate athletics program has experienced a phenomenal change. One of her most significant achievements has been the successful transition of the intercollegiate athletics program from junior college status to National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division III membership. During Ingold's tenure, the total number of sports offered has expanded, there have been improvements to and construction of athletic facilities, and the program has grown in stature as a member institution of the NCAA, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), and the Eastern Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC).
Ingold's commitment to the university and to intercollegiate athletics reaches far beyond her current administrative duties. She recently created the "Fredina M. Ingold Intercollegiate Athletics Enhancement Endowment" at Penn State Altoona, the first of its kind at the institution, which will provide discretionary funds that are crucial to moving intercollegiate athletics forward in new and innovative ways – ways that will 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, 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).
Currently, Ingold serves a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council, and she was elected president of the ECAC Board of Directors. She also actively serves as an NCAA Olympic Committee liaison and sits on the NCAA Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Committee.
Ingold resides in State College with her husband, Rand Allison, and daughter Taylor.