Welcome Daniella Irle to Knox

Dear Knox Community,

Please join us in welcoming Daniella Irle, our new director of athletics, to campus tomorrow as she takes up the leadership of Prairie Fire athletics.

Daniella brings more than 20 years of experience as a coach and administrator to her role here at Knox, most recently as assistant athletics director and deputy director of athletics and senior woman administrator at the University of North Dakota (UND). She is also an award-winning swimming and diving coach, working with students at Tulane University, Fresno State University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her commitment to the holistic development of student-athletes can be seen in the success of UND athletes under her tenure, including more than 20 regular season or conference play championships and the receipt of NCAA Elite Awards and Postgraduate Scholarships and Academic All-Americans.

Since we first announced Daniella’s new role at Knox, she has been hard at work getting to know Prairie Fire athletics and the Knox community as a whole. She has already set up Twitter (@KnoxCollegeAD) and Instagram (Knox_College_AD) accounts and even traveled to Galesburg from North Dakota to attend the basketball reunion in January. That’s commitment!

Thanks to the AD search committee for their work bringing Daniella to Knox, particularly co-chairs Kim Schrader, Title IX coordinator, and Larry Welch, professor of chemistry and faculty athletic representative, along with Andrew Civettini, associate professor of political science; Danielle Fatkin, associate professor of history; Jordan Anderson ’19; Laurel J. Andrew ’86, trustee; and Naja Woods ’18.

We’d like to take this opportunity to also thank Scott Sunderland and Lexie Vernon, who have expertly and tirelessly served as co-interim athletic directors for the last seven months. Their leadership and guidance through this fall and winter—and three Midwest Conference Tournament appearances—has been greatly appreciated by all of us who cheer for the Prairie Fire.

If you see Daniella on or around campus this week, be sure to give her a warm Knox greeting.

Go Fire!

Teresa & Mike


Michael A. Schneider
Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs /
Dean of the College

T​eresa L. Amott
President