Ohio Dominican University mourns the passing of Bill Blazer, the university's Athletic Director Emeritus, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 63.
Blazer served as ODU's Athletic Director from 2004-10 and moved to the role of Director of Athletic Development in 2011. He served as the Athletic Director Emeritus after retiring from the development office in 2013.
Blazer played a key role in helping Ohio Dominican's athletic department transition from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II level and competing in the GLIAC. During his time as the Athletic Director, ODU's teams won 14 conference titles and qualified for 12 national tournaments.
In 2007-08, Blazer was named NAIA Region IX Athletic Director of the Year and was also named the NAIA Northeast Region Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for 2008-09.
Blazer had served the NAIA as a Region IX representative on the Council for Affiliated Conferences and Independents and also served as chairman of the Mid-States Football Association in 2000 and again in 2006 and was chairman of Men's Golf in the American Mideast Conference for nine years. Blazer was also a member of the United States Golf Association and served on the Board of Directors with the Ohio Publinx Golf Association. He was inducted into the Ohio Public Golf Association (OPGA) Hall of Fame in 2011.
Before arriving at Ohio Dominican, Blazer spent 14 years at Urbana University, where he served as Athletic Director, Men's Golf Coach and a tenured Associate Professor in the Division of Business and Economics. He was inducted into Urbana's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
Blazer is survived by his longtime companion Janet Krotke. Other survivors include his brother, Bob and his sister-in-law, Mary, and his niece Gretchen Thompson (Rich) and nephew, Nick Blazer. In lieu of flowers, it was Bill's wish that contributions be made to the London Area Baseball Council (LABC) or the London Area Boys Football League (LABFL), an organization that he was instrumental in establishing.
Calling hours will be Sunday, July 9th at the London First United Methodist Church (52 N Main St, London, OH 43140) from 2:00 to 3:30 with a Memorial Service immediately following.