By Phillip Whitten
INDIANAPOLIS, January 18. DALE Neuburger, former president of USA Swimming and current head of US Aquatic Sports, has submitted his resignation as President of the Indiana Sports Corporation (ISC) effective in April.
Neuburger, 56, who has headed the organization since 1993, will remain at the ISC through the NCAA Women’s Final Four, April 3-5.
According to several well-informed sources, Neuburger is the leading candidate to replace Dr. Sam Freas as head of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), with some indicating that the ISHOF Search Committee is not even considering other potential candidates. The Search Committee, however, has invited potential candidates to be nominated by January 30.
Perhaps referring to the ISHOF position, a statement from the ISC announced, somewhat mysteriously, that "final contractual details related to [Neuburger's] new employment are being finalized, and his new position will be announced shortly."
“I have greatly enjoyed my 12-year tenure with Indiana Sports Corporation, and we have achieved some significant and memorable successes for our city and state,” said Neuburger. I look forward to joining a highly respected sport-related organization, as well as expanding my role in Olympic sport internationally. The opportunity to do both simultaneously motivated my decision, and I know that Indianapolis will continue to benefit from my enhanced professional and volunteer relationships.”
Neuburger, who presently serves as one of the vice presidents of FINA, swimming's international governing agency, is believed to have designs on the presidency of that organization after longtime president Mustapha Larfaouie, of Algeria, steps down.
During his tenure with the non-profit Indiana Sports Corporation, Neuburger represented Indianapolis in attracting major athletic events and organizations to the city. Events since 1993 include world championships in rowing, basketball and swimming and the 2001 World Police & Fire Games; two NCAA Men’s and one Women’s Final Four; 14 NCAA national championships; five Olympic Trials and eight national championships. His role in the 7th FINA World Swimming Championships, conducted in Indianapolis in October 2004, brought accolades from Swimming World as well as aquatic and Olympic leaders worldwide.