Hilbert College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics John Czarnecki has accepted the Director of Athletics position at Hartwick College. Czarnecki's last day at Hilbert will be July 10. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately.
Under Czarnecki's guidance over the past five years, the athletics department has seen many significant accomplishments, including the women's basketball team's first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament after they won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Title in February 2018. Under his leadership, the department established an agreement making Under Armour the official outfitter for all Hawk's athletic teams.
The academic success of Hilbert's student athletes remains a tremendous point of pride, as the student-athlete retention rate currently stands at 85%. Nearly all of Hilbert teams have participated in postseason tournaments during Czarnecki's tenure.
Since Czarnecki took ownership of the Hilbert program, the athletics department has implemented numerous improvements, including a new internship program with the sports management department, the development of a student athlete code of conduct, and the addition of a full time strength and conditioning coach. He also served as the golf coach for the past two seasons. Additionally, Czarnecki oversaw the addition of bowling and men's and women's track at Hilbert.