Indiana State University has named a former Major League Baseball 1st Round Draft Pick as its director of athletics. Sherard Clinkscales, an Indianapolis native and Purdue University graduate, most recently served as senior associate athletics director for student services and sport administration at North Carolina State University.
Clinkscales was a standout athlete at Purdue before being drafted by the Kansas City Royals. He played three years in the Minor Leagues before injuries ended his playing career. Clinkscales transitioned to scouting, working for the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
He later became an assistant coach for the University of Notre Dame baseball team. Prior to his most recent work at NC State, Clinkscales served as an assistant director of championships for the NCAA main office in Indianapolis.
ISU President Dan Bradley says "I am excited to bring Sherard back to Indiana. His experience and strengths will bring great balance to ISU athletics, and I am looking forward to working with him to advance our athletics program." Clinkscales’ will begin focusing on marketing, ticket sales and fundraising at the Terre Haute school. He was chosen following a national search, which was headed up by an ISU search committee led by Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration/University Treasurer Diann McKee.
Clinkscales currently serves as the chair of the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct and is working to complete an MS in NC State’s Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management program, with concentration in sports management.