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Cleveland State Names John Parry Interim Athletic Director

Unread postby tommieskoski » Sat May 08, 2010 5:09 pm


Cleveland State University Names John Parry Interim Athletic Director

Served as Director of Athletics at Butler From 1990-2006

May 7, 2010

Contact: Brian McCann

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State University has named John Parry as interim athletic director, effective May 10.

Parry will serve in that role, while the University continues its nationwide search to fill the position permanently. Parry was formerly athletic director for Butler University in Indianapolis from 1990 to 2006. Most recently, he has been working as a consultant in Indianapolis for various intercollegiate athletic programs.

"John was chosen because we believed that he will move the athletic program forward during his time here," said University President Ron Berkman. "We don't see this as a temporary caretaker position. John will be able to accomplish important work while he is here."

During his time at Butler, the University won the Horizon League All Sport trophy four times. He was instrumental in increasing sponsorship income and fundraising revenue. Prior to his work at Butler, Parry was director of athletics for Brown University in Providence, R.I.

At Brown, Parry oversaw 30 varsity teams and helped revitalize the school's crew, track and wrestling programs. A graduate of Brown himself, with a Master's in business administration from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Parry played varsity football, basketball and lacrosse.

"President Berkman has a wonderful vision for the University and for CSU's athletics program," Parry said. "I'm looking forward to building on the success that Lee Reed had established."

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 16,000 students, 8 colleges and more than 250 academic programs, CSU provides a hands-on learning environment that connects students, ideas and real-world experience.

PD: Cleveland State announces John Parry as interim athletic director: http://www.cleveland.com/sports/csu/ind ... _john.html
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Re: Cleveland State Names John Parry Interim Athletic Director

Unread postby tommieskoski » Sun May 16, 2010 2:25 am

http://blogs.indystar.com/butler/2010/0 ... ers_r.html

Parry contributed to Butler's rise

John Parry's recent appointment as Cleveland State's interim athletic director reminded me of a long-delayed blog post I meant to write. Many factors and people have contributed to the rise of Butler basketball -- indeed, the entire athletic program -- but Parry is rarely credited. That is an oversight.

Parry was athletic director at Butler from 1990 to 2006. Under his watch, not only did the Bulldogs rise to national prominence in men's basketball, they produced championship teams in many other sports. In fact, Parry hired national coaches of the year in three sports: Jon Hind, lacrosse, 1998; Joe Franklin, cross country, 2004; Todd Lickliter, basketball, 2007. That would be notable at Notre Dame or Texas or UCLA. For Butler, that is astonishing.

Parry also hired other coaches who remain on Butler's staff: Beth Couture, women's basketball; Jeff Voris, football; Jason Suscha, tennis; Kelly Findley, men's soccer. All except Couture have won league titles or been league coaches of the year. Under Parry, Butler regularly won the Horizon League's McCafferty Trophy for all-sports excellence.

Parry had his critics, although I always found him to be bright, approachable and forthcoming. Athletics were in good shape when Barry Collier succeeded him as athletic director, allowing Collier to build on what had been done before. Collier, as a beloved former coach, probably had more political capital to spend when he raised basketball ticket prices. There's no question such a move was necessary if Butler was to retain strong and well-rounded Division I athletics. Parry likely would have been bludgeoned for doing the same thing.

Parry's move to add lacrosse was a sound one, and achieved the desired result: To encourage male students to enroll and to diversify the student body (many lacrosse players came from outside Indiana and the Midwest). Collier determined lacrosse would be too expensive going forward, but Parry's plan for lacrosse had merit, and the sport was sustainable.

Clearly, Collier has been a successful AD. So was Parry, especially given the university's financial limitations.
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