Director of Athletics
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT
Role at GW: Jack Kvancz is in his 12th year as Director of Athletics at the George Washington University. During his more than 30 years of experience as an athletic administrator, Kvancz has become recognized as one of the most astute builders of sound athletic programs. At GW, he oversees 22 Division I sports and serves on the Senate Committee on Athletics and Recreation, the Athletic Council and the Board of Trustees' Student Affairs Committee. Kvancz's basketball expertise landed him a position on the prestigious NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Committee from 1998 through 2003. He served on the committee's marketing/promotions and selecting/bracketing subcommittees. A past president of the Atlantic 10, he currently serves on the league's executive committee.
GW Highlights: Kvancz has been involved in several capital improvements in GW's athletic facilities during his 10 years in Foggy Bottom. The latest of these is the new four-level, multi-million dollar Health and Wellness Center across 23rd Street from Smith Center. The center, which opened in August, 2001, affords students a state-of-the-art recreational facility. Smith Center will be renovated and used solely for intercollegiate athletics. Kvancz has also been instrumental in upgrading the athletic facilities at GW's Mount Vernon campus in D.C. The Mount Vernon Athletic Facility includes a synthetic turf field for soccer and lacrosse, an 11-court tennis complex, a new softball diamond and a pool. Under Kvancz, the Athletics Department has grown to 22 varsity sports, with the recent addition of women's water polo, women's lacrosse, softball and men's and women's squash. The academic success of GW student-athletes is a priority for Kvancz. He is very proud of the high grade point averages that the athletes maintain and their high rate of graduation. Of the nearly 300 GW athletes, more than 64 percent have regularly achieved Athletic Dean's List status (a 3.0 GPA during the past two semesters).
Prior to GW: Before coming to GW, Kvancz served as Director of Athletics at George Mason University for 12 years. During his tenure at the Fairfax, VA, university, Kvancz planned and developed an academic support unit and five new athletic facilities, including the 10,000-seat Patriot Center basketball arena in 1984 and a $6.8 million, 64,000 square foot recreation sports complex in 1983. Kvancz served as president of the Colonial Athletic Association as well as president of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) -- a governing body for intercollegiate track and field in the eastern United States. Prior to his position at GMU, Kvancz was Athletics Director and head men's basketball coach at Catholic University from 1974 to 1982. He also spent four years as the men's basketball assistant coach at Brown University and was head boys basketball coach at Masuk High School in Monroe, CT, for three seasons. A standout guard for the Eagles basketball team, Kvancz was coached by former Boston Celtics star and Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Cousy. Kvancz helped to lead the Eagles to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 1967 Eastern Region final.
Personal: Kvancz, and his wife, Janis, live in Fairfax, VA. They have three children, Scott, Wendy and Cortney.