SAN ANTONIO (June 20, 2018) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) President Diane E. Melby, PhD, has announced the resignation of OLLU Vice President for Student Life/Athletic Director Jack Hank effective immediately. Shane Hurley, Head Men's Soccer Coach, will serve as Interim Athletic Director, while George A. Williams Jr., PhD, Dean of Student Success, will serve as Vice President for Student Life.
Dr. Melby commented, "I am very grateful to Jack for his 13 years of service to OLLU."
Hank began his service to OLLU in 2005, and shortly thereafter, he began formulating a plan to revive the university's intercollegiate athletic program. In 2006, the university announced that it would begin competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2007 with teams in men's soccer and women's volleyball. Hank added women's soccer, tennis and golf in 2008. In 2009, basketball, softball and cross-country came onboard, and in 2014, the university began a team in baseball and track and field. OLLU, entering its 12th season in 2018-2019, now has 13 intercollegiate athletic teams competing in the Red River Athletic Conference of the NAIA.
Under Hank, the Saints have had much success. In the last five years, they have been awarded the RRAC All-Sports Award recognizing the most championship teams in the conference. Altogether, OLLU athletics history includes 19 conference regular season championships, 25 conference tournament titles, 34 teams participating in national tournaments and 22 individual qualifiers in national tournaments. In addition, 115 student-athletes have received NAIA Scholar Athlete recognition, 350 have been named to all-conference teams, 75 have received all-tournament awards, 25 coaches have earned Coach of the Year awards, 50 have received Player of the Year honors, 700 have earned conference scholar athlete recognition, 35 have been named NAIA All-Americans, 30 have earned NAIA Academic All-District awards, nine have received Academic All-American plaques and 20 teams have been named NAIA Scholar Teams.
Hank has received two RRAC Athletic Director of the Year awards and one NAIA National Under Armour Athletic Director award. In 2016, he was inducted into the National Hispanic Heritage Hall of Honor as part of the Hispanic Sports Foundation for Education.
On the student-life side, Hank's accomplishments include opening the Flores Cyber Cafe - lab and lounge for students, opening the Lake View Apartment Style Residence Hall and managing 26 OLLU commencement ceremonies during which more than 8,000 students graduated.
Hurley, who was the first coach hired at OLLU in 2006, will remain head men's soccer coach and assistant women's soccer coach. He has had great success, accumulating a 113-67 record and 11 conference tournament berths, with one championship and a trip to nationals.
Dr. Williams oversees the Student Success Center at OLLU. The center offers advising, retention and transfer services; writing and tutoring; disability services; and the McNair Scholars Program. As Interim Director for Student Life, Williams will manage residence halls and dining services, health services, counseling services, student leadership and development and the International Folk Culture Center.