Jack Swarbrick

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Jack Swarbrick
Jack Swarbrick

(1954-03-19) March 19, 1954 (age 64)
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame (BA)
Stanford University (JD)
OccupationDirector of Athletics

John Brian "Savvy Jack" Swarbrick, Jr..[1] is the director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame.[2][3] His appointment was announced in July 2008, replacing Kevin White, who resigned in June 2008 to take the same position at Duke University.[4]


Swarbrick was born March 19, 1954 in Yonkers, New York, the son of John Brian and Mary Catharine (née Comey) Swarbrick.[5] He earned an undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) in economics from Notre Dame in 1976 and a law degree from Stanford in 1980.[5] He practiced law for 28 years and was a partner in the law firm of Baker & Daniels representing USA gymnastics as general counsel,[6] immediately prior to accepting his position at Notre Dame.[1][7] From 1992 until 2001, he also served as chairman of the Indiana Sports Corp., during which time he helped convince the NCAA to relocate its headquarters to Indianapolis.[7]

Swarbrick has never served as a sports agent, however, he did serve as counsel to Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton and various professional sports teams.

Swarbrick was previously considered for athletic director positions at Indiana University, Stanford University, Ohio State University, and Arizona State University [3] In 2007, he was considered for the position of commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, and in 2002 he was a finalist for the position of NCAA president, which went to Myles Brand.[8]

He was the vice-president of the team that successfully bid to host Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 in Indianapolis.[9]

From 2000 to 2002, Swarbrick was CEO of LMiV, an internet firm funded partially by Emmis Communications.[10]

Swarbrick has been a member of the Indiana bar since 1980 and is also admitted to practice in the Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.[1]


Swarbrick is married to Kimberly, and they have four children: Kate, Connor, Cal, and Christopher.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Bio Page (Baker Daniels)". Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  2. ^ a b Dennis Brown (2008-07-16). "Jack Swarbrick appointed director of athletics at Notre Dame". Retrieved 2008-07-16.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b Graham Watson (July 15, 2008). "Sources: Swarbrick to replace White as athletics director in South Bend". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  4. ^ Brian Hamilton and Teddy Greenstein (2008-07-15). "Notre Dame opts for attorney John "Jack" Swarbrick as next athletic director". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  5. ^ a b Who's Who In America - 2009 (63 ed.). Marquis Who's Who. 2008. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-07-15/sports/0807140682_1_notre-dame-athletics-jack-swarbrick-indiana-sports-corp
  7. ^ a b Cory Schouten (2008-07-11). "Sports Corp's ownership of Pan Am Plaza a ... BROKEN PLAY". Indianapolis Business Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  8. ^ Brian Davis (2007-09-06). "Beebe picked as Big 12 commissioner". Dallas Morning News.
  9. ^ "Dennis Hopper makes super pitch". Richmond Times-Dispatch. 2008-05-25.
  10. ^ Andrea Muirragui (2002-09-02). "LMiV failure hasn't soured CEO's ambition; Internet venture was a victim of bad timing". 23 (25). Indianapolis Business Journal: 25.

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