Notre Dame Will Have A New Athletic Director In 2024

Written by Tony Ghaul

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick will step down from his role in 2024, the university announced Thursday.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick looks on during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football Game on April 23, 2022 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN. Photo courtsey of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Swarbrick will be replaced by NBC Sports Group chairman and Notre Dame alumnus Pete Bevacqua.

Bevacqua graduated from Notre Dame in 1993. He joins the athletic department in July as a special assistant for athletics to Notre Dame president Reverend John Jenkins. 

Bevacqua will work hand-in-hand with Swarbrick, learning the ropes of his new position.

“This is an unbelievable honor for me and a dream come true. With the exception of my family, nothing means more to me than the University of Notre Dame,” Bevacqua said in a statement.

The 69 year-old Swarbrick has held the position of Athletic Director for 15 years. His tenure included the hiring of former football coach Brian Kelly, who guided the Fighting Irish to a BCS National Championship appearance in 2012, and later to a pair of College Football Playoff appearances in 2018 and 2020.

In December 2021, Swarbrick hired Marcus Freeman to replace Brian Kelly as Head Coach, after Kelly left the Irish for LSU.

Bevacqua will leave his position as NBC Sports Chairman at the end of the month to begin the transition at Notre Dame. He became the third chairman in NBC Sports’ history in 2020 after serving as president the previous two years.

Last year, Bevacqua helped complete the new seven-year television deal between NBC and the Big Ten.

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