‘Privilege & excitement’: Trailblazing athletics director inducted into Hall of Fame at Indiana U.

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 04:28 PM.

Andreas’ career at IU started after she graduated from Bowling Green State University. She spent two years teaching physical education at a Kansas City high school.

In 1965, Andreas enrolled in a master’s program at Indiana University, where Aldridge was the chair of the athletic department.

“She gave me my very first teaching job,” said Andreas of her mentor, adding that she followed Aldridge to Indiana for support and guidance at the collegiate level.

After receiving her M.S., Andreas stayed on at IU as an assistant professor for women’s physical education, which at the time included two sports — basketball and field hockey.

As well as lacking in variety, women’s sports offerings lacked in competition.

“The programs were at such a level they only competed six times a year,” said Andreas. “Women’s athletics was at a very low.”

Andreas had experienced that growing up in small-town Ohio, where playing field hockey was one of the only outlets for women to play team sports. She was disappointed to see that was true even at the university level.

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