Now entering his 20th year as Director of Athletics
and Recreation, Jack McDonald has guided Quinnipiac University into
a broad-based Division I athletics program that consists of 21
McDonald has been one of the driving forces during 14 successful campaigns as a Division I member. 28 teams have won conference championships, with 17 qualifying for the NCAA and national tournaments during that time. Along with its full membership in the Metro Atlamtic Athletic Conference, Quinnipiac also competes as a member of ECAC Hockey for men's and women's ice hockey, as well as the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA).
Under McDonald's guidance, 2012-13 was the most successful year in Quinnipiac history with four teams winning conference championships; five teams advancing to NCAA & national tournaments; three teams advancing to the Final Four and two teams reaching the national championship finals.
Also this past summer, McDonald was recently honored by the Franciscan Life Center with the St. Francis Award and by the Irish Voice with the Inaugural Irish Sports 50 Award.
The Bobcats also saw unmatched success as they 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 addition to the success in athletics McDonald also spearheaded Quinnipiac's invitation to the Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference in December 2012 and he also guided Quinnipiac's successful bid to host the 2014 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Frozen Four in March 2014.
He also helped to secure NCAA Certification for Quinnipiac,
its first since moving to Division I, and assisted in the
successful men's basketball coaching search that culminated with
the hiring of former University of Connecticut associate head coach
Tom Moore. In addition, nearly 140 student-athletes and five teams
were honored by their respective leagues and organizations for
McDonald also 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.
An active member of National Governance, was recently named to NACDA's Executive Committee and was the President of NACDA’s IAAA Association from 2008-2009. 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.
During the course of the 2007-2008 academic year, McDonald was president of Great Western Lacrosse. He has also been the president of the New England ICAAA, the regional governing body of men's track and field.
Over the past few years, McDonald assisted in the development of a successful television, radio and Internet broadcasting package for Quinnipiac athletics. In 2012-13, Quinnipiac televised games on NESN, SNY, ESPNU & ESPN3 in HD and broadcast nearly 200 additional games and events in all sports via live radio, audio streaming, video streaming and iTunes Podcasts.
McDonald and his staff oversaw the expansion and renovation of the Athletics & Recreation Center in Fall 2002, which included an indoor fieldhouse, a suspended banked track, a state-of-the-art athletic training facility and offices for coaches and staff.
He founded the Quinnipiac governing board of faculty and staff, the Athletics Council and instituted "Positive Play" programs with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In 2012-13 QU's student athletes, coaches and staff participated in over 100 Positive Play programs in the community and also raised thousands of dollars for disease research.
McDonald also is an adjunct professor for
Quinnipac's Sports Studies Program and teaches Sports
Administration to juniors and seniors each fall.
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, as well as initiated an athletics master plan that included the state of the art Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness. In 1995, McDonald also was the Executive Director of the US Olympic Sports Festival which was held in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs.
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.
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).
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.
DISTINCTIONS AND HONORS
2013 - 17 Chair, NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Committee
2011 - 14 NACDA Executive Committee
2011 - 15 NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics
2011 - 12 Chair, ECAC Hockey Executive Committee
2008 - 09 President NACDA IAAA Athletic Director’s Association
2007 - 08 1st Vice President NACDA IAAA Athletic Director's Association
2007 - NACDA IAAA Executive Committee
2006 - 08 President, Great Western Lacrosse League
2005 - 06 Steering Committee & Campus Liaison -- NCAA Certification
2005 - 06 Chair, NCAA Championship Cabinet, Travel Policies Committee
2003 - 07 NCAA Certification - Peer Reviewer
2002 - 06 Member, NCAA Division I Championships and Competition Cabinet
1998 - 02 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee (Chair 2001-2002)
1999 - 09 President - New England Track & Field Association
1995 Executive Director - USA Olympic Sports Festival in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs
1994 NCAA Men's Basketball Mid-West Region Ranking Committee
1994 Colorado Athletic Conference, Chair - Athletic Directors
1993-94 Executive Committee - NACDA
1992-94 NCAA Hockey Western Region Ranking Committee
1992-94 Board of Directors - Colorado Sports Council
1992-94 Member - Student Life Council, University of Denver
1990-92 Member - Student Retention Committee, University of Denver
1990 Member - Physically Challenged Advisory Committee, Boston College
1987-90 Chair - BIG EAST Cross-Country Committee
2004 New Haven Register Sports Person of the Year Nominee
2000 Quinnipiac United Way Campaign Chair
1996 Archbishop Williams High School Hall of Fame Inductee
1993 Recipient - All University Pioneer Award, University of Denver
1989 BIG EAST Conference "Decade of Excellence" Award
1986-87 NCAA District 1 & New England Track & Field Coach of the Year
1984-86 President - BIG EAST & Greater Boston Track & Field/Cross-Country Coaches Association
1984 NCAA District 1 Cross-Country Coach of the Year
1984 New Englnd & BIG EAST Cross-Country Coach of the Year
1982 Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame Inductee
1976 New England Indoor Mile Record Holder (4:00.9)
1972-73 Captain, Boston College Cross-country and Track & Field Teams
1971-73 Three-time New England Intercollegiate Mile Champion
1969 Archbishop Williams HS - One Mile Run Record Holder (4:17.8)
1969 All State One Mile Runnerup - Archbishop Williams HS
1969 Class D Indoor & Outdoor Mile Champion - Archbishop William HS
2013 - Professor - Sports Administration, Quinnipiac University
2000 - Present Guest Lecturer at Quinnipiac Schools of Business and Communications
1994 Instructor - Sports Management , University of Denver
1993 Moderator - NACDA Roundtable, "Networking & Email in Athletics "
1991-93 Instructor - Freshman Experience, University of Denver
1991 Moderator - NACDA Roundtable "Computerizing via the Macintosh "
1980-82 Co-Director - National Youth Sports Programs (NYSP) Youth Camp
1984-87 Co-Director - John Hancock Running & Fitness Clinics
1984-88 Consultant - Saucony/Spot-Bilt Athletic Footwear
1980-84 Consultant - Reebok U.S.A. Limited
1979-87 Meet Director BIG EAST Cross-Country Championships
Founder - New Programs & Events
2014 - Host 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Frozen Four
2009 - Founder/Host Gurnet Saquish Beach Run to Benefit Gurnet Saquish Fire Fund
2000 - Director - Quinnipiac University Games
1997 - Founder/Host Rustic Lane Movie Night to Benefit Petit Family Foundation
1996 - Founder, Irish Eyes Are Miling to Benefit Cheshire Relay for Life
1998 Co-Founder - MAAC Hockey League
1996 Co-Founder - Quinnipiac Midnight Madness
1996 Founder - QUINNIPIAC CUP Ice Hockey Tournament
1992 Co-Founder - Gender Equity Task Force, University of Denver
1992 Founder - DENVER CUP Holiday Hockey Tournament
1991 Founder - Student-Athlete Advisory Council, University of Denver
1978-88 Founder/Meet Director, Boston College Holiday Track Classic
1975-88 Founder/Director Gurnet Classic Beach Run, Duxbury, MA
1973 Founder/Managing Director, Greater Boston Track Club
1990 Boston Red Sox Video (& Manual) Scoreboard Crew at Fenway Park
1988-89 Volunteer - Boston School Department College Bound Program