WACO, TEXAS (June 20, 2013) – Jack Hank of Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) was recognized as the 2012-2013 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Athletic Director of the Year by his peers, the conference's 15 athletic directors.
Hank oversees a program with 11 intercollegiate sports that generated a championship in men's soccer and runner-up finishes in three other sports last year, just six years removed from the athletic department's inception. Hank launched the Saints' program with men's soccer and women's volleyball in 2007-2008. Two years later, OLLU joined the RRAC and added five sports.
During Hank's tenure, the Saints have won five conference titles including a shared regular season RRAC championship for the men's basketball team in their first season. Seven OLLU teams and eight individuals have reached NAIA national championships. The men's golf team finished seventh nationally in each of the last two seasons, and OLLU ranked fifth in men's basketball in 2012. The Saints won the RRAC GPA Award in 2009-2010 with the highest cumulative grade point average of any conference member.
Hank has also spurred the development of facilities at OLLU to match its athletics growth. Mabee Gymnasium has been refurbished as the home of basketball and volleyball teams, and the softball diamond has been renovated. The Saints are also in the process of building a new weight room and training facility while adding new tennis courts.
OLLU has come a long way in a short amount of time under Hank's leadership.
"Jack's commitment to excellence in athletics is apparent in every aspect of OLLU's athletic department," said Janet Eaton, Athletic Director at Wiley College (Texas). "The high quality of the OLLU athletics program is matched by Jack's professionalism and cordiality toward other ADs in the conference."
Prior to arriving at OLLU, Hank served at five institutions of higher education in the Midwest -- University of Nebraska, Indiana University, University of South Dakota, National American University and University of St. Thomas. He has worked in both private and public universities and within all facets of student life, student development and leadership programs. Hank has a master's degree from Indiana and a bachelor's degree from Nebraska.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant