Bishop Noll names alumnus Eric Roldan as new athletic director
Eric Roldan, a member of Bishop Noll Institute’s 2011 state finalist basketball team and assistant basketball coach at Indiana University Northwest, has been hired as BNI’s athletic director, Principal Lorenza Jara Pastrick announced today.
Roldan, 26 and a resident of East Chicago, returns to Noll after earning a bachelor’s degree in sports management and marketing from Trine University and a master’s degree in business administration from IU Northwest.
“Mr. Roldan comes to us with a very unique set of skills and experiences,” Pastrick said. “I am confident these will be assets to Bishop Noll as we continue to promote athletics and our student-athletes.”
Roldan, who also played soccer and baseball while at Bishop Noll, was a junior on the only BNI team ever to play in a state championship basketball game. The 2010-11 Warriors were 26-0 before losing by one point to Indianapolis Park Tudor in the Class 2A state final.
“I am extremely grateful and blessed to have this opportunity to serve the Bishop Noll community,” Roldan said. “As a product of the first-class academics and athletics here at Bishop Noll, I am honored and excited to come back home and work with the entire Noll family in leading athletics for many successful years.”
While at Trine, Roldan held multiple leadership roles, including serving as president of the school’s international business honor society chapter. He received Trine’s 2016 Outstanding Student Leadership Award.
Roldan also served an internship with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, an NBA G-League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers.
After graduation, he taught for two years at St. Thomas More School in Munster while working on his MBA at IU Northwest. In his three years on the IUN men’s basketball coaching staff, the Redhawks posted 63 wins, including a school-record 24 victories this past season, and achieved the first national ranking in the program’s history.
At Bishop Noll, Roldan will oversee 21 sports programs for student-athletes.
Bishop Noll Institute is a Catholic, co-educational college prep high school entering its 99th school year. It is ranked an “A” school by the Indiana Dept. of Education, owns the highest accumulative graduation rate (above 99%) of any high school in Lake County over the past five years, and its 2019 graduates received a total of $9.49 million in college scholarship offers – an average of more than $70,000 per student.