NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS DIRECTOR JACK SWARBRICK TO ADDRESS MIDDLE SESSION OF FBA ANNUAL MEETING
March 31, 2016
Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame’s Director of Athletics since 2008, will address Executive Directors and other personnel representing the Football Bowl Association’s 41 games. The announcement was made today by FBA Executive Director Wright Waters.
Swarbrick’s remarks will be heard by the collective FBA membership on Thursday, April 14, the middle day of the FBA’s 3-day annual meeting in Ponte Vedra, FL. Swarbrick’s address is expected to touch on the challenges facing college football & intercollegiate athletics overall.
“Jack Swarbrick’s accomplishments as athletics director at Notre Dame are multiple and remarkable,” said Waters. “Our membership eagerly anticipates his presentation to the group.”
A 1976 Notre Dame magna cum laude undergraduate [economics] and 1980 Stanford Law School graduate, Swarbrick returned to Indiana and took an associate’s position with the Indianapolis law firm Baker&Daniels. He was elevated to partner in 1987 and spent 28 years overall with the firm.
At Baker&Daniels, Swarbrick was general counsel for a number of national governing bodies for Olympic sports, including USA Gymnastics. He also consulted for various cities in their pursuits of Olympic Games and world championships.
As a member of the Indiana Sports Corporation, which he chaired from 1992 to 2001, Swarbrick spearheaded several Indianapolis proposals to a wide variety of athletics organizations, notably the National Football League, United States Olympic Committee and the Big Ten Conference.
These partnerships resulted in Super Bowl XLVI coming to Lucas Oil Stadium; the NCAA making Indianapolis its new home in 1999; securing the rights to host the Big Ten Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments for five consecutive years beginning in 2008; and hosting the NCAA men’s basketball Final Fours and other championship collegiate competitions in a variety of different sports.
Swarbrick was named Notre Dame’s 12th athletics director in July of 2008.
Under his watch, Notre Dame football has enjoyed consistent success in the annual Graduation Success Rate [GSR] surveys.
The Irish football team, under head coach Brian Kelly, played for the BCS national championship against Alabama in 2013.
This year, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams played in the NCAA tournament. The men advanced to the Elite Eight and the women achieved a Sweet 16 berth.
Away from the field, Swarbrick helped launch Fighting Irish Digital Media, delivering better information about and access to all of Notre Dame’s athletic programs.
He also helped with the establishment of a new sports performance division, plus the creation of new community outreach and youth programming functions through student-athlete welfare and development office.