January 23 2008
Myers received the award, the highest honor given by the State of Indiana to Hoosier women, in the category of sports and fitness. The award was created by the Commission in 2004 to recognize women who have made significant contributions to their communities, the State of Indiana or to their field of work while overcoming obstacles and removing barriers to equality.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Andi MyersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ stellar career as a teacher, coach, administrator, advocate and role model exemplifies the qualities of the Torchbearer Award. Her efforts have been a driving force in widening opportunities for women in athletics and will continue to impact future generations of student athletes,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Dr. Lloyd W. Benjamin III, president of Indiana State University. Indiana State nominated Myers for the honor.
Through her involvement with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Myers has helped define the standards for collegiate athletics as well as enforce them. She has served on numerous NCAA committees including the management council, infractions committee and committees related to womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s athletics.
At Indiana State, MyersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ leadership as the first female to serve as athletic director led to the addition of womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s soccer and womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s golf programs during an era of constrained budgets.
The Dana, Ind., native also worked to ensure that student athletes succeeded in the classroom with several of ISUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s teams being among the leaders in the nation for grade point averages.
A graduate of South Vermillion High School, Myers earned both her bachelorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and masterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degrees from Indiana State. While at ISU, she participated in womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s basketball and field hockey and was named the recipient of the prestigious Hillman Award. After graduating from ISU in 1966, she taught for a year in Hutsonville, Illinois, before taking a position as a coach and administrator at Vincennes University.
As the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s basketball coach at VU, Myers guided the Lady Trailblazers to an impressive 15-year record of 209-95 with several appearances in the National Junior College Athletic AssociationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s postseason tournament. She was twice selected the NJCAA Region 12 Coach of the Year and led VU to two national third-place finishes.
As women's basketball coach at Indiana State, Myers garnered an 85-109 record over seven seasons. After back-to-back 5-23 seasons her first two years at the helm, the Lady Sycamores posted a school record 22 wins during the 1987-88 season to finish the year 22-6. That same year Myers was named Gateway Conference Coach of the Year. Her final two seasons the teams went 40-24.
Since her retirement two years ago, Myers has served as a consultant in areas of NCAA compliance and is currently assisting Indiana State with its athletics accreditation process.
Teresa Exline, ISU Spokesperson, 812-237-7783, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Langlotz, Executive Director, Indiana Commission for Women, 317-233-6303 or email@example.com
Former Indiana State University Athletic Director Andi Myers was honored with a Torchbearer Award Tuesday (Jan. 22) night during the Indiana Commission for Women's fourth annual Salute to Women dinner in Indianapolis.