Ralph Reiff Named @ButlerAthletics Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health, Performance and Well-Being
Ralph Reiff will return to Butler University in the newly-expanded position of Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health, Performance and Well-Being.
Reiff, who previously served Butler Athletics from 1981-1999 in the roles of head athletic trainer and director of sports medicine, was inducted into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.
“Ralph is a leading expert in his field, and the ideal person to bring all areas of our student-athlete care under one umbrella,” said Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “He has great passion for providing the highest quality of care and an athlete-centric model in doing so. Our student-athletes and our staff will greatly benefit as Ralph leads us in building this new, coordinated model. It’s a tremendous win for our university to bring a valued ambassador of The Butler Way back to campus.”
Reiff has led Indianapolis-based St.Vincent Sports Performance since leaving Butler in 1999. In this role, he oversees more than 100 SVSP physicians, psychologists, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapists, dieticians, rehabilitation specialists and many others. SVSP services elite and professional-level athletes from USA Diving, USA Track & Field, football, basketball, baseball and motorsports to collegiate athletes from Butler University and beyond.
In his new role at Butler, Reiff will coordinate all health care activities for Butler’s teams and student-athletes. While serving as a member of Collier’s senior leadership team, Reiff will oversee Butler’s sports medicine department, strength and conditioning program, and the department’s well-being staff and partners physicians, dieticians and sports psychologists. He will also directly serve as the athletic trainer for Butler’s men’s basketball program.
“I’m very excited about crafting a new era of well-being, performance and healthcare of the student-athlete at Butler,” said Reiff, who was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2013. “It’s an honor to be back at Butler, where I started my career and a place that has meant so much to me and my family for nearly 40 years. My full-heart gratitude to the talented and dedicated leaders and colleagues at St.Vincent.”
Reiff was manager of Athlete Care for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. This selection took Reiff to Atlanta for 18 months of planning, implementation and management of all medical and performance operations for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, he designed and managed the Athlete Recovery Center.
In recent years, Reiff has worked extensively with IndyCar drivers and crews, as well as USA Track & Field at their highest-profile championships.
Reiff has managed the medical aspects of more than 20 NCAA events, including three Men’s Final Four Basketball Championships; the 1988 and 1996 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials; 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championships; medical director for the 2004 FINA Swimming World Championships; and the 2006 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.
Honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash by then-Indiana Governor Robert Orr for his contributions to the welfare of the citizens of Indiana, Reiff has also been inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and has also been recognized as a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in Indiana. Indiana Senator Richard Lugar recognized him with a special citation for his health efforts in the state of Indiana.
Reiff’s career includes teaching as a member of Butler’s College of Education, while also serving as a consultant and presenting to groups both nationally and internationally. He has received awards and honors from prestigious organizations such as USA Track & Field and Indiana Sports Corp.
One of the many ways that Reiff stayed involved at Butler once he joined the St.Vincent staff was through serving as an analyst for Butler men’s basketball games, first on Butler’s Radio Network from 2000-08 in addition to select televised games on WISH-TV from 2009-16.
Reiff is a 1980 graduate of the University of Indianapolis and received his master’s degree from Miami (Ohio) in 1981. He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Alex and Elliott, and a daughter, Betsy.