Quinnipiac University's Jack McDonald was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as winner of the IAAA Under Armour AD of the Year Award, at NACDA's Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.
I'm honored to be selected by NACDA for this tremendous honor," McDonald said. "This award represents the outstanding team that we are at Quinnipiac. We would not be where we are today without tireless efforts of our athletics and recreation staff, as well as the entire Quinnipiac community, alumni and fans. I look forward to accepting this honor for Quinnipiac and the hundreds of athletic directors across the country who also work so hard for their student-athletes, coaches and campus communities."
The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA,
II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior
College/Community Colleges). Winners will receive their awards
during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 11
at NACDA's 49th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott
Resort in Orlando, Florida.
NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione explains the ADOY Award is essential because it highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.
"Since 1998, NACDA has been highlighting the impressive contributions made by athletics directors across all divisions of our membership," said Vecchione. "This award allows athletics directors to be recognized not only nationally, but also in their respective communities which heightens the awareness of their leadership position in the athletics enterprise."
In his 19th year as Director of Athletics and Recreation in 2013-14, Jack McDonald has guided Quinnipiac University into a broad-based Division I athletics program that consists of 21 varsity sports.
Since his first year in 1997, Quinnipiac has featured 31 teams that have won conference championships, with 20 qualifying for the NCAA and national tournaments. In 2012-13, Quinnipiac saw four teams win conference championships, five advance to the NCAA or national tournaments and three teams advance to the Final Four –with two reaching the national championship final. The Bobcats also posted their highest department-wide grade-point average as well as the largest number of student-athletes with a GPA of 3.1 or higher.
In 2012-13, McDonald spearheaded Quinnipiac's membership to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and also guided Quinnipiac's successful bid to host the 2014 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Frozen Four. Quinnipiac saw immediate success in the MAAC, as the field hockey and men's soccer teams won regular-season and tournament championships - both advancing to the NCAA tournament - while men's and women's basketball advanced to the MAAC Championship Semifinals. This spring saw women's tennis win the MAAC Championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament while baseball clinched its first postseason berth since the 2007 season.
McDonald also secured Quinnipiac first NCAA Certification as a Division I athletic program and has constructed membership inclusion with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), ECAC Hockey, Northeast Conference, MAAC Hockey and the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA).
McDonald was also the driving force behind the TD Bank Sports Center, a 160,000 square foot facility with separate state-of-the-art men’s and women’s basketball and ice hockey venues that has received significant national recognition for its equity for men and women athletics.
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). During his tenure at Denver, McDonald began the process of elevating the Pioneers to full Division I membership and also initiated an athletics master plan that included the state of the art Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness.
In addition to assisting the University with raising funds for scholarships and facilities, McDonald has overseen fund-raising programs for the Quinnipiac community and charities, as well as raise thousands of dollars in his own community with the Irish Eyes are Miling (Cheshire Relay for Life), Labor Day Movie Night (Petit Family Foundation) and the Gurnet Saquish Beach Run (Gurnet Saquish Fire Fund).
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
A native of Braintree, Mass., McDonald is the oldest of 11 children. He and his wife, Linda, live in Cheshire, Conn., with their four sons: Brian, Jim, Jack and David.