New Athletic Director Joins Hartwick
John P. Czarnecki has been named Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education at Hartwick College. He assumes his new position July 16, 2018, and will report to President Margaret L. Drugovich.
At Hartwick, Czarnecki will oversee 16 NCAA Division III programs: Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Cross Country/Track, Lacrosse, Swimming and Diving, and Soccer; Men’s Football; and Women’s Equestrian, Field Hockey, Volleyball, and Tennis. For the 2017-18 academic year, thirty-two percent of Hartwick students were varsity athletes.
Czarnecki comes to Hartwick College from Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY, where he served as its director of athletics for five years. At the time of that appointment, he was the youngest NCAA Division III Athletic Director in the country. Coincidentally, both colleges have a hawk as their mascot.
“During my visits to Oneonta, I realized early on that athletics is a very important part of the Hartwick community,” said Czarnecki. “Whether it was the administration, faculty, staff, or students that I had the opportunity to meet with, they all exhibited a level of passion for Hartwick that made me feel very comfortable and excited to have this opportunity to work alongside them. I would like to thank President Drugovich, Vice President Gregg Fort, and the rest of the search committee for the trust and confidence that they have in me to lead the Hawks.”
Czarnecki has risen steadily in his career, starting in 2007 as Sports Information Director and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for SUNY Maritime College in Bronx, NY. In 2009, he joined Yeshiva University in New York City as Assistant Athletic Director, taking on responsibilities that included NCAA compliance, fundraising, and marketing. He earned promotion to Associate Athletic Director, in charge of all men’s coaches, athletics staff, facilities, and event scheduling, before leaving for Hilbert in 2013.
“John is one of the emerging leaders in NCAA Division III athletic administration, and we look forward to him leading Hartwick’s athletic department into the future,” said Fort, who led the search committee. “I am pleased that this national search yielded an athletic director with both New York roots and extensive knowledge of intercollegiate athletics in the Empire State.”
Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY, Czarnecki graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and SUNY Cortland with a master’s in Sports Management.