Sports UpdateSpring 2011

‘Coach Bart’ take reins of UIndy football

The 2010 Greyhound football season opened with a new, yet familiar, face on the sidelines. The long-time defensive coordinator Bob Bartolomeo was promoted to head coach of the Greyhounds last November. Coach Bart had served as head of the UIndy defense for six years. In his first campaign as head coach, he led the Greyhounds to a winning season (6-5).

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With 35 years of experience, primarily in central Indiana, Bartolomeo has coached at nearly every level, including high school, Division II, and Division I bowl games. UIndy’s 2009 defense under Bartolomeo led the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference in total defense and pass defense. Four players earned all-league honors, including then-junior Craig Ray and then-sophomore Mike Dum.

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Before coming to UIndy in 2004, Bartolomeo coached for 11 years at Ball State University, where he helped lead the Cardinals to two Mid-American Conference titles and two berths in the Las Vegas Bowl. He also spent one year as defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Central Michigan University.

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A 1973 graduate of Andrean High School in Merrillville, Bartolomeo began his college football career at Butler University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In 13 years as a player and coach there, he helped Butler to 10 conference titles, three Division II playoff berths, and a 98-40-4 record.

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As Butler head coach from 1990 to 1992, he posted a 14-7-1 record. His 1991 team went 9-2 and was ranked fifth in NCAA Division II, earning a playoff berth. The team won the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference title that year and Bartolomeo was named Coach of the Year for both MIFC and Kodak Region III.

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