Ball State University Appoints Ken Bothoff Interim Director of Athletics

Ball State University today announced that the president Jeffrey S. Means appointed Ken Bosoff as interim athletic director. Bossoff succeeds Beth Goetz, who has accepted a position as Vice President of Athletics and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Iowa Athletics.

Bosoff, who has 35 years of management experience in collegiate track and field, including nine years at Northern Kentucky University, stepped down as vice president and director of track and field in June. From 2013 to his 2017, Mr. Bothof served in that office under his presidency, former Northern Kentucky President Mearns.

“I had the pleasure of working with Ken at Northern Kentucky. In addition to his extensive professional experience, he possesses excellent judgment and shares the University’s commitment to excellence, integrity and inclusiveness. “While Ken postpones his retirement plans for a few months and looks for the next great track and field coach, I am very pleased to support this temporary assignment.” We appreciate.”

“I am grateful for this opportunity and excited to be back on campus in the transitional period of the athletic department to support Chancellor Means and Ball State University,” said Bossoff. “I am also thrilled to reunite with President Mearns and spend time at Ball State to support the incredible work he, Beth Goetz, and the entire team have accomplished over the past four years. I look forward to meeting and supporting the talented coaches, staff and student-athletes at

Bosoff began his collegiate athletics career in 1987 at San Jose State University, where he served as assistant athletic director. He has also held positions at Idaho State University (Senior Associate Athletic Director; 1990-95) and St. Louis University (Associate Associate Athletic Director (Outside Operations); 1995-2002).

From 2002 to 2013, Mr. Bossoff served as director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he helped raise $11 million in private funding to complete the $33 million renovation and expansion of the Phoenix Sports Center. Did. He also created an outdoor facilities plan, including new soccer and softball facilities, to expand recreational and on-campus opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

At Northern Kentucky, Mr. Bothoff successfully led the university’s transition from NCAA Division II to Division I, a process he completed in 2016. As a result of the transition, under Mr. Bossoff’s leadership, annual athletics funding increased more than five times his, leading to numerous facility and sector improvements. The Nordic student-athlete continued to excel in the classroom during Bothof’s tenure, achieving at least his 14 consecutive semesters with a cumulative department-wide GPA of 3.2 or higher, and at least his eight semesters. surpassed his 3.37 GPA in a row.

Mr. Bosoff holds a BA in Education from the University of Buena Vista and was a successful baseball and basketball player.

President Maynes has begun the process of forming a selection committee to help select the next full-time track and field director. He thanked Ms. Goetz for showing her around the university. track and field club Reach new heights both competitively and in the classroom.

Over the past four years, Ball State teams have won 12 Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season and conference tournament championships, and student-athletes have won 15 individual MAC championships. And in 2020, the Ball State Football Team won the first postseason bowl game in program history.

Last year, Ball State student-athletes earned an overall GPA of 3.35 across all sports programs. As a result, the university received the 2022 MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award. It is awarded annually to the institution with the highest GPA in MAC.

Chancellor Maynes said: “While in Ball State, Beth retained and recruited an excellent team of coaches and administrators, women and men who will lead our student-athletes to even greater success in the future. I wish him every success in the future.”

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