The Obit For Bill Bright

Former UIndy Athletics Director Bill Bright Passes Away
Matt Holmes, UIndy Sports Information
2/1/2011 11:59:58 AM

INDIANAPOLIS – Bill Bright, long-time member of the University of Indianapolis family as a student-athlete, coach and administrator, passed away this morning at the age of 78. Bright was director of athletics at UIndy from 1977-94, while also serving as a coach in multiple sports after starring in both baseball and basketball for the Greyhounds before graduating in 1954.

A 1988 inductee into the UIndy Athletics Hall of Fame, Bright is perhaps the greatest pitcher in UIndy history. He still holds career records in ERA (1.46), strikeouts (317) and winning percentage (22-3, .880) and season records in ERA (1.24-1952) and strikeouts (148). He is also third in career wins (22), second in complete games in a season (10-1953) and fifth in wins in a season (10-1953). Bright was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001 as a member of the 1952 baseball team that went 13-0 and won the Hoosier College Conference and in 2002 as an assistant coach on the 1963-64 men's basketball team that went 26-3 and won the HCC.

In honor of Bright, the UIndy baseball team will wear commemorative patches on its uniforms during the 2011 home season.

On the hardwood, Bright's teams went 37-21 and qualified for the NAIB playoffs in 1952 and 1953. He averaged 15.9 points for the Greyhounds on his way to second team all-conference accolades in 1953 and finished his career averaging 12.2 points per game.

An Amateur Baseball All-American, Bright briefly pitched in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system before returning to UIndy in 1956 as a baseball, cross country and basketball assistant coach. He was later head coach in baseball, basketball, cross country and softball.

His cross country teams were consistently near the top of the Indiana Collegiate Conference, and in his final two years, the Greyhounds captured back-to-back ICC and Little State titles. In baseball, Bright coached the Greyhounds to a 307-270-3 record and three ICC titles in 20 seasons. He took over the basketball team during the 1976-77 season and went on to coach the team to 26 combined wins in 1977-78 and 1978-79.

Born on May 26, 1932, the native of Bloomfield, Ind., took over as director of athletics in 1977 and served in that role through the 1993-94 season.

The 2003 inductee into the GLVC Hall of Fame is survived by his wife, Pat and his two children (Pam, Steve). Pam played basketball for the Greyhounds and graduated in 1984, while Steve played golf and tennis at UIndy and graduated in 1990.