Quinnipiac Director of Athletics Jack McDonald To Receive St. Francis Award From Franciscan Life Center

• Jack McDonald Bio

Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics Jack McDonald will receive the St. Francis Award from the Franciscan Life Center at the 28th Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet. The annual dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Conn. Individuals interested in purchasing tickets to the event can visit the Franciscan Life Center homepage for more information.

The Franciscan Life Center offers counseling, education services and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care offers home health care and hospice care services to individuals and families in need. The Franciscan philosophy is rooted in the dignity of the human person and the sacredness of human life.

"I am very humbled and honored to be the recipient of this year's St. Francis Award,” McDonald said. “When I was notified, I immediately thought of my parents, my ten siblings and the many nuns and Jesuits who supported, taught and guided me for many years.”

McDonald, now in his 18th year at Quinnipiac in 2012-13, is the third member of Quinnipiac’s Department of Athletics to receive the award from the Franciscan Life Center, joining women’s basketball head coach Tricia Fabbri, who was inducted in 2007, and men’s basketball head coach Tom Moore, who was inducted in 2011.
“This very special award represents the wonderful accomplishments our entire Quinnipiac community, under the leadership of President John Lahey,” McDonald said. “This award would not have been possible without professional, enthusiastic and tireless efforts of the coaches, staff and student-athletes in the Quinnipiac Department of Athletics and Recreation. I am also thrilled that President John Lahey will be my presenter for this award."
In addition to assisting the University with raising funds for scholarships, 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).
An active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), McDonald was named to the Executive Committee after serving as the NCAA I-AAA President. 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 14 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 Invitation to  the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in 2012; ECAC Hockey in 2004; and Quinnipiac's first NCAA Certification since moving to Division I in 2004. McDonald was also 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. This past fall, McDonald led the initiative to secure the 2014 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Before Quinnipiac, McDonald served as director of athletics at the University of Denver (1990-95) and assistant athletic director for marketing and development at Boston College (1987-90). McDonald is a 1973 graduate of Boston College. He earned a master's degree from Springfield College in 1984.


28th Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet

Past Honored Guests

2012 Christopher Snee and Kevin Boothe, Offensive Linemen, NY Giants; 
   Donald “Dee” Rowe, Special Advisor of Athletics at the University of
   Connecticut; Jaci Carroll, Founder, on behalf of Jaci Carroll Staffing
2011 Thomas Moore, Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Quinnipiac University;
   Luisa Kuhn, wife of former baseball commissioner, Bowie Kuhn;
  Central Connecticut Acoustics, Incorporated    
2010 George Grande, Play by Play Television Announcer, Cincinnati Reds;
  Al Terzi, Emmy Award Winning Broadcast Journalist and Anchor of
  Channel 3, EyeWitness News, ESPN, Inc.    
2009 Jay Bilas, College Basketball Analyst, ESPN, Inc.;  
  Kristine Lilly, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Two-Time World
  Cup Champion, Member of the Boston Breakers, Professional
  Women’s Soccer League; Francis J. Oneglia and Family, Co-founder of
  O & G Industries, Inc.        
2008 Kevin Gilbride, Offensive Coordinator, New York Giants;  
  Paul Pendergast, President and Chief Development Officer,
  Saint Francisco Hospital and Medical Center    
2007 George Blaney, Assistant Coach, University of Connecticut Men’s
   Basketrball;  Tricia Fabbri, Head Coach, Quinnipiac University;  James
  Smith, Chairman of the Board, Webster Bank    
2006 Brooks Robinson, Baseball Hall of Fame Third Baseman, Baltimore
  Orioles; Jennifer Rizzotti, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University
   of Hartford; Bill Mitchell, Mitchell Clothing of Westport  
2005 Rebecca Lobo, Star Basketball Player University of Connecticut and
  Women’s National Basketball Association; Steve Rushin, Columnist SI;
  Peter J. Deckers, Executive Director, University of Connecticut Medical
2004 Randy Edsall,  Head Football Coach, University of Connecticut;  
  Rosa Gatti, Senior Vice President Communications, ESPN, Inc
2003 Lew Perkins, Athletic Director, University of Connecticut;  
  Susan Saint James, Actress, Supporter of Special Olympians
2002 Chris Godfrey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Life Athletes;
  Chris Dailey, Associate Head Coach, University of Connecticut
  Women’s Basketball Team      
2001 Arnold Dean, The “Dean” of Sports      
2000 June Kelly, Head Football Coach, Southington High School;
  Rob Szymaszek, Head Football Coach, Maloney High School
1999 Tom Monaghan, Founder of Domino’s Pizza and Former Owner of
  the Detroit Tigers  Pat Calhoun; Wife of Head Basketball Coach, 
   Jim Calhoun        
1998 Tommy Lasorda, General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers
1997 Bowie Kuhn, Former Baseball Commissioner    
1996 Howard Dickerman, Head Basketball Coach, Central Connecticut
  State University        
1995 Skip Holtz, Head Football Coach, University of Connecticut
1994 Geno Auriemma, Head Coach University of Connecticut Women’s
1993 Paul Pasqualoni, Head Football Coach, Syracuse University
  George DeLeone, Assistant Coach, Syracuse University  
1992 Gus D’Angelo, Basketball and Baseball Coach, University of 
  Connecticut at Waterbury;  Hubie Williamson, Director of Pearl Street
  SportsPlex, Waterbury        
1991 Dick MacPherson, Head Coach of the New England Patrios
1990 Jim Calhoun, Head Basketball Coach, University of Connecticut
1989  Mark Bavaro, New York Giants      
1988 Floyd Patterson, Heavy Weight Champion of the World  
1987 Bart Oates, Center, New York Giants  Mel Stottlemyre, Pitching Coach
  New York Mets;  Steve Zabriskie, New York Mets Announcer;  Mark
  Bavaro, New York Giants      
1986 Dom Shinnickm, Linebacker Coach, New England Patriots;  
  Tom Patton, Holy Cross Football Player;  Karl Nelson, New York Giants