Jack Swarbrick has been the athletic director for the Notre Dame Combating Irish since 2008. The varsity announced that Swarbrick’s time because the revered head of Notre Dame athletics might be coming to an finish in 2024, although.
Swarbrick might be stepping down, per president Rev. John I. Jenkins, and in his place might be a brand new face: NBS Sports activities chairman Pete Bevacqua.
Bevacqua is a Notre Dame alumni (having graduated in 1993) and he has one heck of a resume so far as the Combating Irish are involved. He is been the chairman at NBC Sports activities since 2020 and was the president of the group for 2 years earlier than that.
He oversaw NBC Sports activities’ protection of the Summer time and Winter Olympic Video games, Main League Baseball, the English Premier League, NASCAR, the Kentucky Derby and extra. Maybe most necessary to the Irish is the truth that he is been extraordinarily plugged into NBC’s unique broadcast rights settlement with Notre Dame soccer.
As such, he is aware of Swarbrick effectively and can, in actual fact, begin his profession at Notre Dame as a particular assistant to the president for athletics in order that he can be taught beneath Swarbrick earlier than ultimately changing him in early 2024.
“It speaks volumes about Notre Dame and Father Jenkins’ management that we are able to implement such a well-conceived succession plan and entice somebody of Pete’s expertise and expertise,” Swarbrick stated in a press release. “I’ve labored intently with Pete all through his time at NBC and primarily based on that have, I imagine he has the proper ability set to assist Notre Dame navigate the quickly altering panorama that’s faculty athletics right now, and be an necessary nationwide chief as we glance to the long run. I stay up for serving to Notre Dame’s student-athletes and coaches obtain their targets within the months forward whereas additionally serving to Pete put together for his tenure as athletics director.”
For as spectacular as Bevacqua is, Swarbrick put collectively fairly a tenure at Notre Dame.
He was among the many group of people that put collectively the brand new 12-team Faculty Soccer Playoff mannequin that may debut in 2024. He additionally labored out offers to deliver the Combating Irish into the ACC whereas conserving the soccer program unbiased, whereas additionally bringing the hockey staff into the Large Ten.
Throughout all sports activities, Notre Dame gained eight nationwide championships beneath Swarbrick.