A graduate of Greensburg High School, Xandra began her coaching career at Butler University in 1958. She coached basketball, volleyball, and field hockey, all of which were sports which she played for the Bulldogs. Xandra also served as a national official from 1956 through 1980. She was a founding member and the first Treasurer of the Indiana Women's Intercollegiate Sports Organization. Xandra retired from Butler as a full Professor in 1995.