Sheryl A. Burris-McGlinsey


IUPUI Athletics Hall of Fame (2000)
B.S., 1989


Sheryl A. Burris-McGlinsey is a native of Hawthorne, California and a graduate of Hawthorne High School. She began her career at IUPUI in 1985 and quickly established herself as one of IUPUI's top pitchers. She posted a 16-2 record in her freshman year and was named to the NAIA All-District Team. Although a series of injuries hampered her in both her sophomore and junior years, she still managed to win 31 games and make the All-District Team in 1987.

Sheryl's finest year was in 1988, when as a senior she led the team with 20 victories. She was again named NAIA All-District, but added the title of a First Team All-American. Upon the completion of her career at IUPUI, she ranked fourth all time in Earned Run Average at .98, second all time in wins with 67, and second all time in strikeouts with 277. Her career won-loss record was .780. In ten national tournament appearances, she stands 7-3, with the three losses coming at the hands of the eventual national championship team.

A 1989 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Burris-McGlinsey has been an officer with the Indianapolis Police Department since 1988. She began her career patrolling the south side of Indianapolis, and in March, 1999, became a general detective for the South District. She participates in IPD's Badge Buddies Program, a partnership with Riley Hospital patients who request a visit from a police officer. McGlinsey-Burris is the mother of two children, Erin, 8, and Ian, 5. She says, "Four years at IUPUI gave me the foundation on which I have built my successful career in law enforcement. The quality academic program combined with the rigid discipline of sports has enabled me to achieve all of my life goals."