Aug. 10, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, IL - University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced today that former Southern Illinois and Colorado State athletics director Paul Kowalczyk (kuh-WALL-check) has joined the Fighting Illini administrative staff as senior associate athletics director. Thomas also announced that Tom Michael and Warren Hood have both been promoted to senior associate athletics directors and compliance director Ryan Squire was promoted to associate athletics director.
"Paul brings more than 25 years of outstanding experience in college athletics, including 11 years as an athletics director, to Illinois," Thomas said. "His background in many different areas of collegiate athletics and leadership skills will make him an excellent addition to our staff.
Kowalczyk served as athletics director at Colorado State from 2006-2011 following his stint as AD at Southern Illinois from 2000-2006. During his time at SIU, the Salukis won 15 conference championships in seven sport programs.
"I'm excited about this tremendous opportunity," Kowalczyk said. "I greatly appreciate the confidence Mike and the administration have placed in me, and I look forward to contributing to one of the premier programs and universities in the nation."
He spent time at Northwestern as the business manager and associate athletic director/external affairs from 1991-2000, and was assistant athletic director for business operations at Kansas State from 1988-91. Kowalczyk also gained experience at Portland State as the athletic business manager from 1987 to 1988, at Youngstown State University in the marketing department and at Kent State in the developmentoffice.
A native of Warren, Ohio, Kowalczyk earned his bachelor's degree in accounting at Kent State in 1980 and his master's degree in sports administration at Kent State in 1986. He was named the Athletics Director of the Year, 1-AA Central Region, by NADCA in 2006 and received the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award in 2004. He was the NCAA Leadership Council Representative for the Mountain West Conference from 2008-11 and served as the AD Chair for the Mountain West in 2011.
Kowalczyk is married to Peg Lynch Kowalczyk. He will start at Illinois on Aug. 20.