On This Day in IUPUI History: March 28, 1994

March 28, 1994. 

On this day, the Sagamore, the IUPUI student newspaper, reported that IUPUI assistant athletic director and men's basketball coach Robert L. Lovell had resigned. He would step down from both positions on June 30.

As the coach of the men's basketball team, Lovell had brought success and winning seasons. After taking over the helm in the 1982-1983 season he compiled a 195 wins and 191 losses record. His teams won the National Intercollegiate Athletics Association (NAIA) District 21 championship twice, in 1985 and 1990. In the latter season the team advanced to the NAIA final 16. His 1987-1988 team compiled a 24-12 record.

Lovell served as athletic director from 1983-1984 to January 1993, when he became the assistant AD. During his tenure Metros women's and men's teams won 22 NAIA District 21 championships in different sports. Fourteen IUPUI squads advanced to NAIA national tournaments.

Lovell told the Sagamore that he stepped down "to reinvigorate myself both personally and professionally." He added that "I've taken IUPUI's athletics programs, especially the basketball program, as far as I can, and it's time for someone else to move the program forward." Athletic Director Hugh Wolf said that "Bob Lovell deserves a tremendous amount of credit for bringing the Metros program forward on such limited resources," adding that "he will be well remembered for his contributions." In addition to his sports leadership, Lovell led the Metro Mentors Program, which tutored children in reading.

At the time, IUPUI jumped from NAIA to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. IUPUI hired Ron Hunter to be the new men's basketball coach.

Bob Lovell at IPS School 14, 1994 294-5551-001

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