Indiana State athletic director Ron Prettyman is scheduled to interview this week for the vacant athletic director position at Cal Poly, the Indiana Statesmen newspaper reported Monday.
As of Monday afternoon, Cal Poly was expecting to announce three finalists for the position today, assistant media relations director Eric Burdick said.
The position has been vacant at Cal Poly since Alison Cone retired in December.
According to the Statesmen, Prettyman’s interview is planned for Wednesday and Thursday. Prettyman reportedly informed Indiana State coaches and staff of his plans this past week through a leaked e-mail that was intended to be confidential, in which he stated, “For a variety of reasons, I owe it to my family and my career to take a close look at this opportunity (at Cal Poly).”
Prettyman, in his fifth year as athletic director at Indiana State, has family living in the San Luis Obispo area, according to the report.
Prior to working at Indiana State, Prettyman was the athletic director at Cal State Dominguez Hills, but his ties to the region didn’t begin there. He earned a master’s degree in education from Cal State Stanislaus and a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa.
Indiana State, located in Terre Haute, Ind. — home to the national Division I cross country championships — has a total enrollment of about 11,500. The Sycamores compete in the Football Championship Subdivision along with Cal Poly.
Senior associate athletic director Phil Webb, a member of Cal Poly’s hiring committee, has been filling in for Cone on an interim basis.
Webb previously told The Tribune the ideal candidate would have strong “vision, planning, leadership and communication,” adding that an ability to generate external funds would also be a factor.
At Indiana State, Prettyman has been credited with the design and construction of a new strength and conditioning facility and the addition of a $1.5 million video board at its 10,200-seat basketball arena.