Ronald English is a director of the men’s basketball championships with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and is a member of a team of individuals responsible for the planning and operation of the “March Madness” basketball tournament, including the Final Four.
English is responsible for the day-to-day organization of the 13 sites which serve as the preliminary rounds of the tournament leading up to the Final Four. The 28-year veteran of athletic administration is the primary contact person, and provides education, training and operational oversight for host personnel at each of those preliminary round sites. The championship begins with the First Four (which has been held in Dayton for several years), continues to second- and third-round sites, and then advances to the four regional sites, sending one team from each site into the Final Four.
During the Final Four, English resumes his role as the main contact person for each of the four participating teams, and is responsible for oversight of game and practice operations during the event. He also coordinates a comprehensive post-event analysis with administrators and student-athletes from each of the four participating institutions.
English began his career in the radio business, and after seven years in that field, turned his attention to intercollegiate athletics. He worked in media relations at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and at the Missouri Valley Conference before spending 15 years in championship-event administration with the Ohio Valley Conference. In 2011, English was inducted into the OVC Hall of Fame.
English is a regular blood donor, and encourages others to “raise their sleeve” for a good cause. Throughout his life, he has donated nearly 10 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross.
English and his wife, Vonnie, are the parents of three grown children. He earned his B.A. from WMU in Communications Arts & Sciences in 1977.