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Jack McDonald (college sports coach)

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Jack McDonald
Biographical details
Born (1951-06-02) June 2, 1951 (age 68)
Boston, Massachusetts
Alma materBoston College-BS
Springfield College-Master's
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1986-1990Boston College (assistant AD)
1990-1995University of Denver
1995-2015Quinnipiac University
2015-1017University of New England (Div. III)

Jack McDonald (born June 2, 1951) is a former American college sports administrator and former college track coach and athlete. He was the athletic director at University of Denver (1990-1995), Quinnipiac University (1995-2015), and University of New England (2015-2017).

Early years[edit | edit source]

A native of Braintree, Massachusetts, Jack grew up the oldest of 11. [1] He attended Archbishop Williams High School where he ran track and was an Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee in 1997 [2]. Jack attended Boston College where he graduated with a degree in economics in 1973. [1] He was also a standout track athlete and became the first Eagle to run a “four-minute” mile and won three New England Championships in this event.[3] Jack was later inducted into Boston College’s Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1982.[3] In 1978, He became Boston College’s first full-time track coach until moving on to Assistant Director of Athletics at Boston College in 1986 before taking the Athletic Director job at Denver University in 1990.[3]

Career[edit | edit source]

Boston College - Head Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Coach[edit | edit source]

July 1978—July 1987

As Head Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross-Country Coach, recruited, managed, counseled, and coached over 100 track and cross-country student-athletes and a staff of up to five assistant coaches for the entire academic year. In nine years, 18 teams won New England, Big East, or Greater Boston championships; and 39 individuals qualified for the NCAA Championships. Also in this span, the Track and Cross-Country Program had six athletes honored as “Eagle of the Year” for the top student-athlete at Boston College.

Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing - Boston College[edit | edit source]

July 1987—September 1990

Development—Over $1.2 million raised from over 300 donors in 1989-90. Development included planning and administration of telethons, cultivation of major gifts, development of donor list, monthly newsletters, golf tournament, and other programs and events.

Marketing & Promotion—Oversaw the marketing of revenue sports via print and broadcast media, corporate sponsorships, and the promotion of 28 non-revenue sports. Also responsible for the designing, editing, and printing of marketing materials such as ticket applications, schedule cards, and posters.

Merchandising—Initiated the Athletic Department's first-ever merchandise program, resulting in over $175,000 in sales. Program included the management of gift shops, purchase of products, supervision of personnel, and responsibility for all financial accounting.

University of Denver - Director of Athletics and Recreation[edit | edit source]

In September of 1990, McDonald began a five year tenure as Director of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Denver. While at DU, McDonald oversaw 21 men's and women's sports, intramurals, club sports and recreation with a staff of over 50 coaches and administrators. Some key initiatives included; Elevation of the Pioneers NCAA status from Division II to Division I, program and design of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, addition of men's and women's Alpine and Nordic Ski Programs, Smart Choices Community Involvement Program and was also very involved in the Denver Sports Commission, particularly for the 1995 USA Olympic Sports Festival, of which he was appointed Executive Director in the Spring of 1995.

Executive Director of U.S. Olympic Festival 1995[edit | edit source]

February 1995—August 1995

As Executive Director, responsibilities included overseeing a cash budget of $6 million, a staff of 65, operations, corporate support, public relations, and ticket sales. The 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival showcased over 3,000 athletes, and 500,000 fans, 10,000 volunteers, with an economic impact of over $35 million to the state of Colorado.

Quinnipiac University - Director of Athletics and Recreation[edit | edit source]

McDonald was hired in the fall of 1995 to oversee Quinnipiac’s transition from Division II.[4] McDonald successfully transitioned all athletic programs to Division 1 in 1998 when it began participating in the Northeast Conference (NEC). [4] McDonald was also able to move Quinnipiac’s Ice Hockey team to the prestigious ECAC Hockey in 2006.[4] Quinnipiac’s Ice Hockey conference change along with the completion of its new $52 million TD Bank Sports Center catapulted the Men’s Ice Hockey program which later made the Frozen Four (NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship) in 2013 and 2016. McDonald was also instrumental in being accepted into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in 2012, for the 2013-14 academic year.[4]

In June 2014 in Orlando, Florida, McDonald was recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as IAAA (non-football playing programs) athletic director of the year.[5]

University of New England - Vice President of Student Engagement and Director of Athletics[edit | edit source]

In June 2015 McDonald was hired as Athletic Director of University of New England.[6] At University of New England Jack was able to develop a football program which is set to join the Commonwealth Coast Conference as a varsity member in 2018.[7] Jack also oversaw the 35,000-square foot expansion of the Harold Alfond Forum, a project that doubled training, weight and equipment room space, and added locker rooms to provide the infrastructure to support new programs.[7] One year into McDonald’s tenure, he was promoted to vice president of student engagement.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Glenn Jordan (May 11, 2015). "UNE hires new athletic director". Portland Press Herald.
  2. "Archbishop Williams Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Varsity Club Hall of Fame".
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Quinnipiac athletic director Jack McDonald to retire in June". New Haven Register. October 29, 2014.
  5. Chip Malafronte (June 27, 2014). "Malafronte: Quinnipiac's Jack McDonald named athletic director of the year". The Middletown Press.
  6. "UNE Director of Athletics Jack McDonald to step down". June 1, 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Steve Craig (May 31, 2017). "UNE athletic director Jack McDonald to step down". Portland Press Herald.


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