SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Ron Prettyman says, “I get to keep doing what I love to do. I love athletics administration. I love working with good coaches. I love working with student athletes, and making a difference in a college and university so this is very exciting and I’m grateful for the opportunity, to be back in my hometown and continue to do the thing I love the most.”
The sports wheels are turning out at SMWC. After longtime athletic director, Deanna Bradley, announced her retirement in March, the Pomeroys started a search for her replacement.
The rest as they say might be called providence.
Dr. Dottie King says, “We throw the term providence around here and Ron being available in the Woods was more than providence for us. I’m excited about Ron, eager to work with him and I’m grateful that he’s here.”
Prettyman says, “You know from day one that I sat down with President King, and Brennan Randolph, vice president, they painted a great vision for what they have in store for this place. We’ve seen growth here over the last year and if we can accomplish the things they have a vision for, we are going to get great things done here.”
Plans are in place for the Pomeroys to start up Sprint Football in the fall of 2022, but starting in just a couple of months, SMWC will begin its first ever men’s college basketball season.
These two sports will help catapult recruiting which is one of Ron Prettyman’s number one goals.
“I’ve always been a big proponent of recruiting from the inside out. We want to recruit locally first, then regionally, then state wide, then nation wide, but we want to make sure our kids in the Wabash Valley are taken care of.”