Joe Glover was named the Director of Athletics at Indiana University Southeast on July 1, 2010.
During his time leading the athletic department, Glover has enacted many changes to help the department grow including changing and creating new policy that reinforces the department's ultimate goal of enhancing student development and retention.
Glover created and implemented the first athletic scholarship fundraising dinner for IU Southeast; the inaugural Champions Dinner was held on August 24, 2013. The event was a major success for the department and has yielded nearly $200,000 for student-athlete scholarships.
Many of the IU Southeast athletic facilities have been upgraded during Glover’s tenure as athletic director. In 2012, Glover led a $35,000 renovation of the The Koetter Sports Baseball complex, which included a new infield surface and improved drainage. In 2011, new upgraded seating was added to the Activities Building, and a new infield surface was designed installed at the Koetter Sports Softball complex. The tennis programs also received a newly renovated tennis shed during Glover’s tenure. In 2014, two tennis courts at IU Southeast had lights installed to allow for play during the evening. Glover also spearheaded the effort for the Grenadier baseball and softball programs to create a new indoor hitting facility that now allows for the teams to practice all year. In 2016, IU Southeast added a volleyball court to the gym two allow the volleyball program to more effectively run practices and camps.
The IU Southeast athletic programs have experience unparalleled success during Glover’s tenure. The IU Southeast men’s basketball team won seven-straight conference regular season championships and six tournament championships from 2007-2014. The men’s basketball team even advanced to the school’s first NAIA Final Four in 2013.
Every team has competed in the KIAC (now named the River States Conference) championship game of its respective sport during Glover’s tenure. The Grenadiers have won a combined 21 RSC Regular Season Championships, 16 RSC Tournament Championships, and qualified for 22 NAIA National Tournaments with Glover’s leadership. The IU Southeast Athletic Department was also awarded the distinguished River States Conference Commissioner’s All-Sports Cup in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2019.
IU Southeast has not only been successful competitively, but also academically. The athletic department’s retention and graduation rates have increased during Glover’s tenure. In the fall of 2013, the athletic department achieved over a 3.00 average GPA for the first time with over 60 percent of student-athletes earning a 3.0 GPA or higher. Since then, IU Southeast student-athletes have maintained a GPA average of 3.00 or better each semester.
In 2013, Glover partnered with AM 1450 WXVW as the official radio home of IU Southeast athletics. The Grenadiers Sports Report was created as a weekly show to highlight the coaches and student-athletes of IU Southeast. IU Southeast was one of only a few schools in the NAIA to have its own weekly radio show. The show was also aired in one of the largest radio markets within the NAIA’s membership.
Glover has made sure fans are more connected than ever with IU Southeast athletics. Every home men’s and women’s basketball game and volleyball match are broadcast in HD online via the Grenadiers Sport Network, the official video streaming service of IU Southeast athletics. Grenadier athletic events are now also available at home on ROKU and other streaming services.
Glover also spearheaded the launching of the department’s first mobile application for Apple and Android devices which allows for fans to access all Grenadier sports on the go.
As one of the youngest athletic directors in collegiate athletics, Glover has brought a renewed vision to the department which includes a focus on student-athlete development and on the use of technology to help build the athletic program's image within the local and campus community.
Glover was recognized for his efforts by his colleagues when he was named River States Conference Athletic Director of the Year 2013 and 2018. In May 2013, Glover was also named one of “20 Under 40 Best and Brightest” business professionals in a special edition of the Southern Indiana Business Source magazine. In 2017, Glover was named one the “Top 20 People to Know is Sports Business” by Louisville’s Business First Magazine.
In April 2014, Glover was named to the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the NAIA. The NAC helps shape policy at the highest level of the NAIA with committees governing rules and ratings, championships, awards and statistics, and experience and enhancement. The NAC is an exclusive group of nearly 36 members representing all the 23 conferences and approximately 300 schools within the NAIA. A minimum of 10 athletic directors and 10 conference commissioners serve on the NAC. The NAC conducts its business annually at the NAIA and NACDA conventions. Glover serves on the Championships Committee and has chaired several important national taskforces, including the one which standardized basketball national championship bracketing procedures and policies in 2015.
Glover is also very involved with the NAIA-ADA (Athletics Directors Association). In 2016, he was appointed by the ADA Board of Directors to Co-Chair a national taskforce that ultimately led to the merging of the basketball divisional structure within the NAIA and resulted in a return to one NAIA Basketball Championship. Glover will serve as NAIA-ADA President in 2020-21.
During his first five years at IU Southeast, Glover served as assistant athletic director and as sports information director. During that time, Glover's redesigns of the Grenadiers' athletic website resulted in web traffic increases of more than 95 percent. In 2009, Glover also designed and managed a complete web overhaul of the athletic department website which included the transition to the new IUSAthletics.com. In 2010, the NAIA-SIDA presented Glover with an award for his work on the IU Southeast website which was named runner-up for the Best NAIA Athletic Website.
Glover is very active in public relations management and assisted the University of Louisville media relations department with the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship at Freedom Hall. Glover has also served as media coordinator and liaison for multiple Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) post-season tournaments, including the KIAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships in 2006.
Glover is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD). Glover has previously been active in College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the NAIA Sports Information Directors Association (NAIA-SIDA).
In 2013, Glover was also selected by his peers as the Vice-President of the KIAC Executive Committee, the highest governing body of the athletic conference. Glover served one year in this role before filling the vacancy as president of the league in 2014. In 2015, Glover began his official two-year appointment as Administrative Council President for the newly-named River States Conference. Glover also served as Interim Commissioner for the River State Conference for the 2017-18 academic year.
Glover is an involved member of the Southern Indiana community as well. He serves on several volunteer committees for the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI). He also serves as secretary for the Floyd Memorial Foundation. He is also an involved member of the Knights of Columbus as a third-degree Knight.
Glover is also a member of the Rotary Club of New Albany where he is currently serving as the club’s President. Glover is also a member of the New Albany High School Alumni Memorial Fund Board of Directors.
A native of New Albany, Glover graduated from New Albany Sr. High School in 2004. While at New Albany, Glover was the football and basketball play-by-play radio voice of the Bulldogs for WNAS 88.1 FM. Before starting his career in college athletics, Glover worked at several local radio stations including Louisville’s ESPN Radio1570-WSZ. Glover also spent time as a college basketball analyst for WVHF-TV where he provided play-by-play and color commentary for local basketball games. Prior to IU Southeast, Joe worked at the University of Louisville in the athletic media relations department.
Glover is a double graduate of Indiana University. Glover graduated with distinction from IU Southeast in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. Glover's dedication to academics earned him the honor of being named Outstanding Marketing Graduate, an honor given to only one graduating senior. In 2013, Glover earned his M.B.A. from the IU Southeast School of Business.
Glover and his wife, Melissa, who Joe met while they attended classes on the IU Southeast campus, live in Southern Indiana with their daughters, Annabelle (6) and Hadley (2). The family are members of Holy Family Catholic Church. Joe is a lifetime member of the IU Alumni Association.