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

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

And so in her first two years as an assistant professor, Andreas worked to change that, and quadrupled the offerings to include golf, volleyball, swimming, tennis, softball and gymnastics.

In the decade that followed, Andreas not only oversaw the transformation of women’s sports at the collegiate level, she was a primary leader.

Aldridge and the rest of the University were “forward thinking” in their attempts to level the playing field for women’s teams, and had been waiting for the opportunity to move Andreas up into a higher title.

In 1972, after the adoption of Title IX, Andreas was appointed as the Associate Athletic Director at the University, and to boot was the first woman to hold that position in all of the Big Ten conference.

“(Aldridge) realized the importance of title,” said Andreas. “Women could be trampled … It led the way in the Big Ten for others to follow.”

And after that, women’s athletics programs began to ascend into the field of collegiate and professional sports. The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women was formed, as the national body for women’s athletics.

The group managed women’s sports before the women’s teams entered the NCAA. In the beginning, the AIAW had set up its women’s athletic programs without the “problems men’s athletics has” of recruiting and scholarships.

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