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Ebel groundbreaking

Jack Ebel '77 takes part in the groundbreaking for the new Athletics Complex

Ebel named director of athletics for outdoor facilities

Jack Ebel ’77 stepped down as director of athletics on July 1 after a seven-year tenure. He immediately began a new position as associate director of athletics for outdoor facilities.

In his new role, Ebel will oversee and coordinate use of the university’s new Transylvania Athletics Complex on West Fourth Street, including scheduling, staffing, supervising, and monitoring of daily operations.

He will serve as Transylvania’s chief NCAA compliance officer and perform alumni relations duties, including directing the efforts of the Pioneer Club, organizing and promoting the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and further developing the T Club concept for alumni varsity letter winners.

“Jack’s many years of experience and vast knowledge of athletics at Transylvania will be tremendous assets to us as we expand our sports facilities and programs,” said Barbara LoMonaco, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

“It has been my pleasure to serve as director of athletics for the last seven years,” Ebel said. “During this time, the athletics program has made great strides in hiring more women coaches and increasing the competitiveness of our women’s sports programs.”

Under Ebel’s tenure, the number of student-athletes increased from 270 to almost 400; numerous teams qualified for NCAA post-season play; men’s and women’s programs in track and field, lacrosse, and equestrian hunt seat were added; and the cheer and dance programs were upgraded to competitive status.

In addition, the women’s program won two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All Sports trophies while the men’s and women’s programs combined won the last two HCAC Commissioner’s Cup trophies, the first time any school had won two in a row.

Ebel said he is eager to take over managing the new athletics facilities.

“I am excited about seeing the vision of our new outdoor athletics complex come to fruition,” he said. “This project began as a dream seven years ago. I look forward to the long-term benefits it will provide our athletics programs and the Transylvania community.”

Ebel had served as director of athletics since 2006. He was men’s and women’s swim coach from 1978-2006, men’s and women’s tennis coach from 1979-2000, director of the university’s swim lesson program from 1984-2006, physical education instructor from 1984-2006, and assistant director of the William T. Young Campus Center from 1984-2006.

He created Transylvania’s swim lesson program and all-sports camp, and served as director of both for 23 years, during which time over 17,000 children learned to swim and more than 8,000 children participated in all-sports camp.

Ebel was inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2005, named Bluegrass Mountain Conference Women’s Coach of the Year in 2003, NAIA National Men’s Swim Coach of the Year in 2000, NAIA Women’s Swim Coach of the Year in 1999, NAIA District Coach of the Year for women’s tennis from 1983-94 and for men’s swimming from 1991-93, and the Kentucky Intercollegiate Swim Conference Coach of the Year for 1987 and 1988.

Ebel has held several offices in the NAIA Swim Coaches Association and the Bluegrass Mountain (Penn-Ohio) Swimming Conference. He served as the swimming sports chair and meet director for the Bluegrass State Games from 1992-2010.

Holly Sheilley is the new athletics director.

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