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New Executive Director of CYO


Indianapolis, IN – 6 March 2017


Bruce Scifres, the 2016 IHSAA State Championship Football Coach from Roncalli High School, has been named the new Executive Director of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Bruce will begin transitioning with retiring Executive Director Ed Tinder, who has served CYO for more than 30 years, throughout the remainder of this school year and will assume full responsibilities with CYO this coming summer.

“I’m beyond blessed,” says Bruce. “Roncalli High School – our players, students, friends, colleagues, and families – it’s been my life, my home away from home. I loved every day of my time at Roncalli, and I cannot express my gratitude enough because the words just don’t exist. Leaving is definitely hard for me, but I truly see it as a continuation: CYO is committed to forming young people in the footsteps of Christ, and CYO’s athletic, enrichment, and camp programs touch the lives of almost 24,000 young people and 7,200 volunteers throughout central and southern Indiana each year. I’ve been privileged to be a part of great teams for a long time, and now I will get to be part of a much larger team that has a profound and positive impact on thousands of lives. It’s both humbling and exciting, and I ask everyone to pray for me and for the continued success of CYO’s mission.”
Bruce brings to the CYO a wealth of experience along with a deep understanding of and commitment to youth formation. Bruce, who has led Roncalli to 7 IHSAA Football State Championships and who has been recognized with numerous Coach of the Year honors, holds a Master of Science degree in education from Butler University. When he was an undergraduate at Butler, he was a record-setting running back and won multiple awards, including being named the team’s MVP and recipient of the Hilton U. Brown Mental Attitude Award. In 2007, Bruce was inducted into Butler University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Since 1990, Bruce has served the families and young people of Roncalli High School, located on Indianapolis’s southside, as a Physical Education Teacher, Assistant Dean of Students, and Head Football Coach. He is also the author of two books about faith, family, life, and athletics: Beyond the Goal Line: The Quest for Victory in the Game of Life and A Real Man: A Guide to Becoming the Men Our Wives, Children, and God Want us to Be.

“We could not be more thrilled with Bruce,” said CYO Board President and Search Committee Member David Prechtel, a Partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. “Bruce will be able to continue CYO’s tradition of excellence, building upon the tremendous work of Ed Tinder, Bill Kuntz, Bill Sahm, and all the volunteers, priests, staff, and board members who have been involved in this important ministry since it was founded by Archbishop Ritter way back in 1939. That’s almost 80 years of history, and we are confident that Bruce’s tenure will be one of continued progress in furtherance of CYO’s mission.”

In addition to new leadership, key restructuring at CYO will also help the organization build on its history in new ways. Jerry Ross will take on new responsibilities as Associate Executive Director, Sports and Enrichment Programs. Similarly, Kevin and Angi Sullivan, Co-Directors of CYO Camp Rancho Framasa, will continue to enhance development, marketing, and programming opportunities. All are veteran leaders within CYO and will work with Bruce, the Board, and the rest of the CYO team to continue to fulfill its mission throughout the Archdiocese.

When Ed Tinder announced his pending retirement this past fall, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis formed a search committee comprised of current and former Board members and began an extensive search process that lasted more than 5 months. During those months, input was solicited from priests, board members, volunteers, and community members about the current state of ministry at CYO and what qualities and competencies the next Executive Director should have. More than 80 candidates applied for the position, and the search committee conducted reviews of applications as well as telephone and in-person interviews before making recommendations to Archdiocesan leadership. Superintendent of Catholic Schools Gina Kuntz Fleming will work closely with Bruce and the Board as they honor CYO’s rich legacy and collaboratively develop plans to advance CYO’s mission throughout central and southern Indiana.