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College Sports: New AD Czarnecki tasked with continuing to build Hilbert sports

John Czarnecki appointment as Hilbert College athletics director begins Aug. 1.
Hilbert College is hoping John Czarnecki can build on the strong framework that’s been established in the athletics department.

Czarnecki has been named the college’s director of intercollegiate athletics, taking over a program that has seen growth and success over the last few years, culminating this past winter with the Hawks’ first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men’s basketball regular season title. His appointment is effective Aug. 1.

“The pool of candidates for this position was particularly strong and John is a young, up-and-coming talent in athletic administration,” Hilbert president Cynthia Zane said. “His experience managing many aspects of successful NCAA Division III athletic programs distinguished him from the other talented candidates. He will be tasked with maintaining the foundation and direction established at Hilbert. I look forward to working with John and I am confident we will continue to see progress and success in the Hawks’ athletic program.”

As Hilbert’s athletics director, Czarnecki will oversee the college’s 13 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s sports teams and provide administrative direction for the athletics program. He takes over for Sue Viscomi, who left to work in the same position at Oswego State College after she became Hilbert’s first female athletic director in July 2010.

“The previous athletics director laid a strong framework to build upon,” Czarnecki said. “I look forward to helping the Hawks take the next step to even more success.”

Czarnecki, a native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., spent the last four years at Yeshiva University in New York City, most recently as associate athletics director. At Yeshiva, he oversaw all men’s coaches, sports information, men’s athletic training, intramurals and was the NCAA compliance officer. He was also responsible for licensing, merchandising, scheduling and equipment. Czarnecki oversaw the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was a representative for the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for men’s basketball.

“John has been an invaluable resource at Yeshiva University,” Joe Bednarsh, athletics director at Yeshiva, said. “He is a true professional whose passion for Division III athletics and drive to better the student-athlete experience will be a tremendous asset to the Hilbert student body.”

Prior to Yeshiva, Czarnecki was the sports information director at Maritime College, as well as the assistant men’s basketball coach. He spent two years at Maritime after finishing an internship with the SUNYAC office located in Fredonia. Before that, he served as a graduate assistant in the sports information office at SUNY Potsdam.

While at Maritime College, Czarnecki was responsible for all aspects of the sports information department. As the assistant basketball coach, he helped the team to back-to-back Skyline Conference semi-final appearances, as well as the school’s second-ever appearance in the ECAC Tournament.

Czarnecki completed his undergraduate work at SUNY Potsdam and earned his Masters in Sports Management from SUNY Cortland. He and his wife Jill have a son, Jason.

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