CHICAGO—Illinois Tech Athletics is happy to announce its implementation of an Athletic Advisory Board. Consisting of several former alumni with standout accomplishments both on and off the athletic field, the Athletic Advisory Board will assist the director of athletics and the department as a whole with the planning and implementation of projects.
“We are elated that this distinguished group of athletic alums has agreed to serve on the board of athletic advisors,” said Director of Athletics Joe Hakes. “The group spans different eras of Scarlet Hawk athletics, and each individual has been a decorated athlete here. The breadth of their experiences as student-athletes and their commitment to the programs will serve our department well in the assessment and planning processes that are vital to planning for the future.”
The board consists of six members: Jacqueline Anderson, Taylor Duman, Brad Krygier, John Olin, Roxanne Myers, and Michael Mikula.
“Each one has expressed a desire to make sure that future generations of Illinois Tech student-athletes enjoy the optimal experience possible,” Hakes continued. “We are grateful for their willingness to provide productive perspectives on what we do and how we do it.”
A standout in women’s volleyball, Jacqueline Anderson received a B.S. in psychology and graduated cum laude in 2006 before returning to Tech and earning her M.B.A. in 2014. She is currently the assistant vice president of auxiliary services at Illinois Tech.
On the court, Anderson was a three-year captain and earned the school’s Female Freshman Athlete of the Year award in 2006.
Taylor Duman, another key member of Tech’s women’s volleyball program, graduated from the university in spring 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, specializing in digital design. She is currently an architectural intern for a food and hospitality firm in Omaha, Nebraska.
Duman was named her team’s Most Valuable Player in three of her four seasons and tallied 1,007 kills in her time as a Scarlet Hawk. She earned several All-Tournament team honors, an USCAA All-American Honorable Mention, and second team all-conference in the CCAC. She also served as a men’s volleyball assistant coach in the team’s inaugural 2016 season.
A two-sport athlete while at Tech, Brad Krygier graduated with a B.S. in management with an economics minor while participating in cross country, and swimming and diving. Krygier was a student-athlete at Tech from fall 1976 through spring 1980, and later served as the men’s cross country coach from 1980 through 1984, leading the team to its first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference championships as members of the NAIA.
Krygier was a three-time national championships qualifier and a conference champion in cross country, setting a school record in the 8K that stood for 29 years. Also an all-academic award winner, Krygier set four school records in the pool and is one of the program’s top all-time scorers. In 1979 he recieved a gold medal in the modern pentathlon from the U.S. Olympic committee at the National Sports Festival. He received the Most Outstanding Freshman Athlete and John J. Schommer Athlete awards during his time as a student and later was awarded the John J. Schommer Honor I award from the university.
Currently, Krygier works for HCA Memorial Health University Medical Center as the finance manager of the Memorial Health Partners network in Savannah, Georgia.
A current member of Illinois Tech’s Board of Trustees as the board’s athletics liaison, John Olin graduated from the university in 1961, majoring in mechanical engineering. A standout on the basketball court, Olin set the school’s all-time career and single-game scoring records and averaged close to 20 points per game in his four seasons. In addition, he was a member of the school’s cross country and golf teams.
Olin followed up his Tech career by playing semi-pro basketball, receiving a Hughes Fellowship at Stanford University, and earning his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and mathematics. In his engineering career, Olin has worked on the Surveyor Moon Landing Vehicle, the first space vehicle to land safely on the moon and an essential precursor to Neil Armstrong’s landing. Olin is the founder of Sierra Instruments Inc., a global manufacturing leader in industrial process control instrumentation. He is now the company’s chairman, while the company is run by his son and daughter.
One of the best goalkeepers in school history, women’s soccer standout Roxanne Myers graduated from the university in 2017 with an M.E. in structural engineering and a B.S. in architectural engineering, while minoring in both architecture and engineering graphics/computer-aided design. She currently works as a structural design and forensic engineer for new residential construction in Dallas, Texas.
In 2015 she received the Ed Glancy Award, which recognizes the top female athlete in the department. A two-time USCAA All-American, Myers also earned several All-Academic awards, All-Independent honors, and USCAA Player of the Week selections.
A three-sport athlete (men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis), Michael Mikula graduated in 1991 with a B.S. in metallurgical engineering before earning his master’s degree in the same field of study in 1993. Since 1994 he has worked at the Ford Motor Company and currently serves as its global chief engineer of advanced manufacturing.
Mikula was a standout in all three sports. His work both on the field and in the classroom at Illinois Tech earned him the Male Athlete of the Year award in 1993. In 2018 he was awarded the John J. Schommer Honor I Award by the university.