CLEVELAND, Ohio – Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald has been named to National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee, as announced by NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione. McDonald's term will run through the 2014 season. He previously held a position on the executive board for the 1993-94 season when he was the director of athletics at Denver.
“We welcome Jack back to our Executive Committee and look forward to having him serve our membership for the next three years,” stated NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione.
The honor is the latest in a long list of distinguished achievements for McDonald, and will coincide with his term on the NCAA's Committee on Women's Athletics, which is effective as of September 2011. Now in his 17th year at Quinnipiac, McDonald has been one of the driving forces during 11 successful campaigns as a Division I member. 24 teams have won conference championships, with 13 qualifying for the NCAA tournament during that time. Along with its full membership in the Northeast Conference, Quinnipiac also competes as a member of ECAC Hockey for men's and women's ice hockey and the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA).
"It is truly an honor to represent Quinnipiac and New England on the very prestigious NACDA Executive Committee," McDonald said. "I am thrilled and looking forward to working with some of the best athletic administrators and conference commissioners in the country."
An active member of National Governance, McDonald was the President of NACDA's IAAA Association from 2008 through 2009. McDonald was also on the NCAA Championships and Competition Cabinet (1998-2002) and chair of the NCAA Ice Hockey Committee, where he championed bracket expansion from 12 to 16 teams. He also has been a member of the NACDA's I-AAA Executive Committee since 2002.
In addition to Quinnipiac's many on-field accomplishments under McDonald's guidance, the Bobcats have also reached unprecedented heights in the classroom. In each of the last 11 years as a Division I athletic department, Quinnipiac has seen consistent improvement in its student-athletes cumulative grade-point averages and steady expansion of all-academic honors within the Northeast Conference and ECAC Hockey. McDonald founded the Quinnipiac governing board of faculty and staff, the Athletics Council and instituted "Positive Play" programs with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
McDonald also helped secure Quinnipiac's NCAA Certification for Quinnipiac, its first since moving to Division I, in 2004 and was an intergral part of Quinnipiac's program, design, construction and dedication of the TD Bank Sports Center, a 160,000 square foot facility that features separate state of the art venues for men's and women's basketball and ice hockey. The TD Bank Sports Center has received significant national recognition for its equity for men and women, as well as for basketball and ice hockey.
Before Quinnipiac, McDonald served as director of athletics at the University of Denver (1990-95) and assistant athletic director for marketing at Boston College (1987-90). McDonald is a 1973 graduate of Boston College. He earned a master's degree from Springfield College in 1984.
During his college career, McDonald ran and coached track. He was a four time New England Champion and set the New England indoor mile record (4:00.9) in 1976 and, as Head Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country Coach at Boston College, was selected Big East, New England and NCAA District I Coach of the Year in both 1984 and 1987. McDonald was also inducted to the Boston College (1982) and the Archbishop Williams High School (1997) Hall of Fames.
The officers elected to serve NACDA during 2011-12 were President Dan Guerrero, director of athletics at UCLA, 1st Vice President Kevin Anderson, director of athletics at the University of Maryland; 2nd Vice President Mike Alden, director of athletics at the University of Missouri; 3rd Vice President Jim Phillips, director of athletics at Northwestern University; and Don Tencher, director of athletics at Rhode Island College, to the first year of a five-year term as secretary.
McDonald joins the following on the Executive Committee - Cal AD Sandy Barbour, Southern Maine AD Al Bean, Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe, Rhode Island Associate AD/SWA Sue Bergen, Denver Vice Chancellor for Athletics Peg Bradley-Doppes, Iowa State Senior Associate AD-Administration Julie Bright, Mohawk Valley CC AD Gary Broadhurst, NCAA Senior VP-Championships Joni Comstock, Notre Dame Deputy AD Missy Conboy, Tulsa AD Bubba Cunningham, John Brown AD Robyn Daugherty, Baylor Senior Associate AD-Compliance, Governance and Risk Assessment Lori Ebihara, Santa Rosa Junior College AD Jim Forkum, Navy AD Chet Gladchuk, Pittsburg State AD Jim Johnson, ECAC Commissioner Rudy Keeling, New Mexico AD Paul Krebs, Buffalo AD Warde Manuel, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto, West Chester AD Ed Matejkovic, Fayetteville State AD Ed McLean, Cal State Monterey Bay AD Vince Otoupal, Carroll AD Bruce Parker, DePaul AD Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Seminole State College of Florida AD John Scarpino, South Plains College AD Joe Tubb, Missouri Valley Football Conference/Pioneer League Commissioner Patty Viverito, Ferris State AD Perk Weisenburger and Georgia Senior Associate AD Carla Williams.
About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 47th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 12 professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.