Vice President of Business Development
Jack Lengyel has had a long and distinguished career in collegiate athletics. He began his career as the freshman football coach at his alma mater, Akron University, and has been involved with intercollegiate athletics since 1957. Lengyel's diverse career has taken him from the gridiron to the administrative ranks to the private sector.
Lengyel served as assistant football coach at Akron (1959), Heidelberg College (1961-62) and Cornell (1963-65). He was named head football and lacrosse coach at the College of Wooster in 1966 and remained there for four years. However, his greatest task and achievement as a coach occurred between 1971 and 1974, the time he served as head football coach at Marshall University. While coaching at Marshall, he rebuilt the football program and community after a tragic airline crash involving the entire team. A few years ago, Warner Brothers released the movie "We Are Marshall" starring Mathew McConaughey in the role of Coach Jack Lengyel.
After three years in the private sector at Gamble Brothers, Lengyel moved into the intercollegiate athletics administrative ranks as the associate director of athletics at Louisville (1980) and the University of Missouri (1981-84). Following his stint at Mizzou, he was named the director of athletics at Fresno State, which won the men's basketball NIT Championship in 1984. Lengyel returned to Columbia, MO as the University of Missouri's director of athletics in 1986.
Following his three-year stay at Missouri, he was named as the director of athletics at the United States Naval Academy. Lengyel remained at Navy for 14 years from 1988 - 2001, oversaw a 30-sport athletics department and was responsible for new construction and renovations of major sports facilities. During his tenure at Navy, Lengyel received a Lifetime Service Award from the Annapolis Touchdown Club (2001), was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Board of Trustees (2001) and had the athletic training facility named in his honor.
Following his retirement from Navy, Lengyel has been active as a consultant and serving in leadership positions in various community and professional organizations. He has served as the interim athletics director at Temple University, Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Colorado providing leadership and stability through the administrative transition. Lengyel has used his vast experience to provide strategic operational reviews and analysis for Towson State, Northern Arizona University and Texas State University at San Marcos.