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Wheaton AD Ladd retires

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Special to the Daily Herald

Tony Ladd, director of athletics at Wheaton College since 1983, announced his retirement on Friday.

Since Ladd's appointment at Wheaton in 1983, the school's athletic programs have won five NCAA Division III national championships and 15 individual national championships. During his time overseeing the athletic department, 16 Wheaton programs have participated in multiple NCAA championship events.

"Tony Ladd has provided exceptional leadership for an entire generation of student-athletes at Wheaton College," Wheaton College president Philip Ryken said. "In terms of performance, Dr. Ladd's record speaks for itself: these recent decades have been among the most successful in the history of Wheaton athletics.

"But his true legacy lies in the spiritual difference his leadership has made in the lives of the young men and women who have competed for Wheaton College. Tony's faithful commitment to Jesus Christ has set the tone for the Christian discipleship that takes place on our practice fields and in our locker rooms and arenas."

Wheaton athletic programs have won 127 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships during Ladd's tenure -- with 67 conference titles in women's sports and 60 CCIW crowns in men's sports.

Ladd will stay on until a replacement is named. A national search will begin immediately to replace Ladd.