St. Scholastica has announced the appointment of Brian Jamros as Director of Athletics, effective July 24.
Jamros will replace Don Olson, who is retiring after nine years with the College.
Jamros comes to St. Scholastica from Concordia University - Portland in Portland, OR, where he served as Vice President and Director of Athletics.
"It is truly an honor to be selected to serve as the next Director of Athletics at The College of St. Scholastica," Jamros said. "My family and I are beyond excited to come home and I look forward to working with the coaches, staff and student-athletes to build upon the solid foundation already in place. The future of Saints athletics is bright and I look forward to being part of the team."
As St. Scholastica's Director of Athletics, Jamros will lead a comprehensive NCAA Division III men's and women's intercollegiate athletic program that includes 22 varsity sports. He will shape and implement the strategic focus of the department to achieve College goals, demonstrating a strong commitment to the College's mission and values. The department is coming off its eighth consecutive Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Jerome Kruse All-Sport Trophy and once again finished the 2016-17 year in the top 25 percent of NCAA Division III institutions in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings.
"From a very strong pool of applicants, Brian immediately caught our attention because of his experience and his understanding of the Benedictine values," said Dr. Aileen Beard, search committee chair and dean of the School of Sciences. "His passion for helping student-athletes succeed both on the field and in the classroom will help St. Scholastica Athletics build on past accomplishments to take its success to the next level. We believe he will be an excellent addition to the College and we look forward to working with him."
At Concordia-Portland, Jamros exemplified visionary leadership. He led the institution's move from NAIA to NCAA Division II, and developed and implemented long-range planning initiatives and successful fundraising efforts including a corporate partners program.
Some of those projects and fundraising efforts include renovating the school's weight room and adding a new women's track & field locker room, as well as moving the softball team on-campus for the first time in program history.
Under Jamros' leadership at Concordia-Portland, and for the first time ever, all 15 varsity teams had a cumulative GPA above a 3.0 with an overall department GPA of 3.24 in 2016-2017.
"During the interview process, Brian impressed everyone he met on campus with his enthusiasm and his appreciation for how athletics fits in the St. Scholastica mission," said Jim Miller, St. Scholastica's interim vice president for enrollment management. "His experience at two high-quality programs will help us continue the strong athletic traditions already established at this college. With 30 percent of our on-campus students participating in athletics, this is a critically important position to make sure their experience is rewarding."
Before moving to Portland, Jamros spent nine years at Concordia University, St. Paul in a variety of roles ranging from Director of Marketing and Promotions to Associate Athletic Director for External Relations. At Concordia, St. Paul, he was the lead in the athletics department in development, fundraising, marketing, promotions and student engagement. In 2011 and 2012, the department was a finalist for the NCAA Division II Game Environment Award.
He also supervised nine varsity sports, which included budget and travel oversight and served as chair of the NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Committee.
As a student-athlete at Concordia, St. Paul, Jamros distinguished himself on the basketball court. He became Concordia's first All-Northern Sun (NSIC) First Team selection, earning the nod in back-to-back years as a junior in 2003-04 and senior in 2004-05. When his Concordia career came to a close, he left the program as the second leading scorer in Golden Bear/Comets history with 1,371 points and still ranks fifth on the career scoring list today. In 2016, Jamros was inducted into the Concordia, St. Paul Athletics Hall of Fame.
He earned three degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul: a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management, and Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Sports Management. He graduated magna cum laude and was named Academic All-Conference for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Jamros, 35, is a Moose Lake, MN, native. He is married to Ashley Jamros, who is a native of Circle Pines, MN. They have two children, Grace (4) and Olivia (2).