It's official: Swarbrick announced as Notre Dame's athletic director

The University of Notre Dame officially announced its hiring of Jack Swarbrick as the new athletic director for Irish sports.

The announcement was made at a press conference early Wednesday afternoon, out of the Hesburgh Library on Notre Dame’s campus.

Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame President, said they were looking for someone with the highest level of personal integrity, a clear and uncompromising commitment to excellence in both academics and athletics, as well as strong leadership.

He said they were able to find all of that in Swarbrick.

"He has a breadth of vision of the landscape of college athletics that in my experience is unsurpassed. Jack is widely respected for his insight and integrity. We're just very pleased that he will be using these many skills in service to Notre Dame," said Jenkins, in today's press conference.

Swarbrick, a 1976 graduate of Notre Dame, is an Indianapolis attorney and was instrumental in bringing the 2012 Super Bowl to the Hoosier capital.

He spoke today how his undergraduate years at Notre Dame helped shape his personal and professional career, and how he is thrilled to be able to come back to the University as athletic director.

"Notre Dame has given me so much in my life, I can't wait to give more back to it," said Swarbrick.

He said he is enthusiastic to begin to take on the challenges that come with his new role within the University and shape the future of Irish athletics.

"We want to win. We want to be a great academic institution that furthers research in this country. We want to be a place of faith. And we want to be a place that wins on the athletic field and turns out extraordinary student athletes," said Swarbrick.

Swarbrick is the 12th athletic director to serve at Notre Dame.

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