In his 13 years as Director of Athletics, Chet Gladchuk has overseen a renaissance of the Naval Academy athletic program. His administrative leadership has helped lead the program to one of the most successful periods in school history.
The 2013-14 season was another successful year for Navy athletics as the Midshipmen won 64 percent of their contests, produced 16 All-Americans, 12 conference coaches of the year, 16 conference athletes of the year and 12 conference championships.
Additionally, Navy won the Patriot League Presidents' Cup, which is awarded to the member institution with the highest cumulative sports point total based on conference championships and final regular season standings in sponsored men's and women's sports, for the second time in the last three years.
Navy got it done in the classroom as well, ranking in the Top 10 among schools with FBS football programs in graduation rates at 90 percent. The MIds had seven Academic All-Americans and three Patriot League Scholar Athletes of the Year.
Gladchuk has engineered Navy's move to the American Athletic Conference in football starting in 2015. Navy will play in the Western Division of the AAC with SMU, Houston, Tulane, Memphis and Tulsa. The Eastern Division will be made up of UCF, South Florida, East Carolina, Cincinnati, Temple and Connecticut. The move to the AAC will continue to secure Navy's future as a strong national FBS football program for the future.
Gladchuk's efforts have been recognized on a national level, as the Division IA Athletic Directors Association named him the 2005 Bobby Dodd Athletic Director of the Year. The award is presented in recognition of an athletic director's support and commitment toward the successful advancement of the department, most specifically in the sport of football. Additionally, he was recognized by the Secretary of the Navy for his contributions and service to the Navy and the Naval Academy with the Superior Public Service Award to the Department of the Navy.
Gladchuk has been able to parlay Navy's athletic success into an exclusive television deal with CBS Sports Network that has increased Navy's television exposure both in the United States and internationally. CBS Sports Network, the first 24-hour college sports network, televises every Navy home and select neutral site football games (excluding Notre Dame and Army which are televised nationally by CBS), as well as other Midshipmen men's and women's athletic events, original programming and documentaries centered on the storied Navy athletic program. The long-term, multi-media agreement includes internet streaming, broadband and video-on-demand rights and high definition rights. A major part of the agreement was that all home football games would be played on Saturday for the convenience of the Navy alumni. Navy sports are seen all over the world with the international distribution of Navy programming, especially to the troops serving abroad. Navy's contract with CBS Sports Network runs through 2018.
Gladchuk has also added radio giants WBAL (1090 AM) in Baltimore and WFED (1500 AM, 1050 AM, 820 AM) in Washington D.C./Northern Virginia to Navy's radio network.
WBAL Radio, which is also the home of the Ravens, is Maryland's dominant and most powerful radio station.
WFED Radio, which is also the home of the Washington Nationals, is a 50,000-watt station that will air a minimum of 10 regular-season football games.
Since being introduced as the Academy's 28th Director of Athletics on Sept. 4, 2001, Gladchuk has pressed forward on numerous fronts with energy and vision. From the hiring of some of the top coaches in the country to the renovation of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Gladchuk has made improvements in several key areas that will prove more success on the athletic fields for years to come. Head coaching hires such as Ken Niumatalolo, who is six wins from becoming the school's all-time winningest football coach, Bill Roberts in men's swimming, John Morrison in women's swimming, Paul Kostacopoulos in baseball, Keith Puryear in women's tennis, Nadia Ste-Marie in women's golf, Cindy Timchal, the all-time winningest women's lacrosse coach in NCAA history, Stefanie Pemper, one of the all-time winningest Division III women's basketball coaches, Dave Brandt, the all-time winningest soccer coach in NCAA history, Larry Bock, the all-time winningest coach in collegiate volleyball history, Ed DeChellis, the 2009 Big Ten Basketball Coach of the Year at Penn State, Rick Sowell, who was a two-time America East Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year, Chris Garner, who led Amherst to two NCAA Division III Men's Tennis titles, and Joel Sharratt, a three-time All-American wrestler at Iowa.
During Gladchuk's tenure at the Naval Academy, he has seen the Midshipmen win 115 conference titles, produce 170 All-Americans and 70 Academic All-Americans.
He has embraced the local community and alumni base, and is an often-requested speaker, visiting areas all over the country as he shares the vision of the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy Athletic Association.
Gladchuk's biggest impact on the Naval Academy has been the $64 million renovation of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium where under his leadership the stadium was completely refurbished over a six-year time frame. Gladchuk has worked closely with the city, county, state and neighborhood associations to ensure proper communication and sensitivity to issues that benefit both the NAAA and community at large. The NAAA was awarded the Green Star award by former Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer for commitment to the environment during the ongoing renovation of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Gladchuk and the NAAA have also teamed up with the Naval Academy Foundation to raise private funds for facilities such as the Brigade Sports Complex (hockey and tennis), Max Bishop Stadium (baseball), varsity squash courts, various team locker rooms and a number of practice facilities.
Other highlights during Gladchuk's tenure at the Naval Academy include the recent renegotiation of the Army-Navy contract which resulted in over $46 million to the two schools over an eight year period, scheduling Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Army at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to promote Navy football in the community, negotiating the extension of the Navy-Notre Dame football game television contract with CBS through 2018 and negotiating bowl deals with the Houston, Emerald, Poinsettia, Meineke Car Care, EagleBank, Texas, Armed Forces and Military Bowls.
Gladchuk is heavily involved with NCAA and Patriot League committees. He was selected to serve on the NCAA Leadership Council, which is one of the highest NCAA appointments an athletic director can realize. The council helps set the Division I legislative agenda and advises the NCAA regarding major legislative issues being considered.
Gladchuk has been on the NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors) Executive Committee and has served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee in the Patriot League and a member of the NCAA Olympic Sport Liaison Committee.
Gladchuk came to the Naval Academy from the University of Houston, where he had been the Director of Athletics for four years. Recognized as one of the nation's top leaders in intercollegiate athletics management, he guided the Cougars to 19 Conference USA Championships, while making significant strides in the academic success of their student-athletes, gender equity and fiscal management.
Before Houston, Gladchuk was the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation for seven years at his alma mater, Boston College. Under Gladchuk, Boston College emerged as one of the NCAA's elite programs of the 1990s winning numerous Big East and NCAA Championships. The school's graduation rate for all student-athletes was over 90 percent and the Eagles won the College Football Association's Academic Achievement Award for the highest graduation rates among all Division I schools in three of his last five years at Boston College. Gladchuk led the Alumni Stadium expansion effort, which resulted in a $35 million improvement to the football stadium.
Prior to rejoining Boston College, Gladchuk served as AD at Tulane University from 1987-90. During his tenure, he directed the reinstatement of the Green Wave basketball program to Division I status. In addition, he oversaw the construction of new facilities for the athletics administration as well as baseball, track and field and tennis teams after a $25 million athletics campaign was successfully completed.
From 1985-87, he served as Associate AD at Syracuse University, heading operations, NCAA compliance, financial aid and facility operations.
Gladchuk lettered in football at Boston College and graduated with honors in business management in 1973. He earned a master's in sports administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1974, where he began his career in intercollegiate athletics, including serving for seven years as Director of General Physical Education, Assistant and Associate Athletic Director for the university. He also has served as Director of Athletics and head football coach for the New Hampton (Prep) School in New Hampshire prior to leaving for UMass.
He and his wife, Kathy, have four children: John, a graduate of Loyola Marymount; Katie, a graduate of Boston College; Christie, a graduate of Trinity; and Julie, a graduate of the University of North Carolina.