KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo welcomes Greg Cooper as the athletic and fitness center director. He began his position Monday, June 8.
Cooper will manage the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center, as well as oversee the athletics programs, which launched four years ago.
“My goal from day one is to work with the students, developing people who are champions not only in athletics, but in academics, and in life,” he said. “The student athletes are at the forefront of everything I do.”
IU Kokomo is a member of the NAIA, and the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. It offers men’s and women’s basketball and cross country, women’s volleyball, and will begin competition in men’s and women’s golf in the fall.
As fitness center director, he looks forward to promoting healthy lifestyles and finding community partnerships for additional fitness opportunities. In addition, Cooper wants to expand recreational opportunities, possibly including an outdoor adventure group and club sports.
“This is an amazing facility,” he said of the Cole Fitness Center. “A lot of schools would like to have a high quality fitness center like this.”
Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, said Cooper’s experience in event management, facilities, fundraising, and supervision will take the athletic programs to the next level.
“Greg is passionate about supporting student athletes and coaches, and is an outstanding fit for a program that makes student success its highest priority,” he said. “We are thrilled to have him assume the leadership of our athletic program.”
He previously was associate athletic director at St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas. Cooper has a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Otterbein University, Ohio; and a master’s in sports management from Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania. He recently moved to Kokomo with his wife, Megan.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.