Mike Woodson names former tutor Anitra House as assistant to the head coach

Mike Woodson has named Anitra House as assistant to the head coach. It’s a secretary role, but one that is critical in keeping the men’s basketball office functioning. House was Woodson’s tutor at Indiana during his playing days, and with her help he became the first person from his family to earn a college degree. The release from Indiana follows:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A relationship that began in 1976 when Mike Woodson first came to the IU campus will be rekindled as Anitra House will assume the role of Assistant to the Head Coach for the men’s basketball program.

A native of southern Indiana who graduated from Silver Creek High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/social studies and a master’s degree in reading. She has completed coursework for a Doctorate and has finished all but her dissertation in language education.

House first began her association with IU Athletics in 1974 as a tutor under Buzz Kurpius who was hired as an Assistant Football Coach for Academics in 1974-75.  She began tutoring Woodson in 1976 as he became the first person in his family to earn a college degree. She worked under Kurpius from 1974-79 as a tutor and joined the department full-time in November, 1979 as a member of the Academic Services office.

As their area took on more responsibilities, her role expanded and culminated with experience as a learning specialist, certifying eligibility, and athletic financial aid. She created and maintained an athletics database to facilitate eligibility, financial aid, and NCAA/Big Ten federal reporting including graduation rates.

She retired from her position as Director of Eligibility and Systems in 2014.