Zapolski resigns as AU Athletic Director

Sat, 2008-03-29 11:02 -- univcomm
March 29, 2008

Anderson University announces the resignation of Michael Zapolski, Athletic Director for Anderson University. Zapolski recently accepted a position as Athletic Director of Augustana College located in Rock Island, Ill. He came to Anderson University during the 2003-04 school year replacing Barrett Bates, longtime coach and Athletic Director.

"It has been a tremendous blessing to serve as the Director of Athletics the last five years at Anderson University,” said Michael Zapolski. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the administration, coaches and student-athletes on a daily basis to promote the athletic program and stress its value to the overall strength of the institution. Many positive things have been accomplished or put in place for further development, and I know that the coaching staff will be eager to work with the next Director to insure the overall program continues to move forward."

“Augustana's gain is our loss,” said Dr. Carl Caldwell, vice president for Academic Affairs. “All of us who have had the pleasure of working with Michael Zapolski know of and appreciate the dedication and professionalism that he has brought to the position of Athletic Director. Speaking on behalf of President Edwards and myself, and on behalf of the coaching staff of Anderson University, we wish Mike and his family only the best as they prepare to move to a new setting.”

During his time at Anderson University, Zapolski helped the athletic department implement a new logo for branding purposes and launch an annual 75-event internet broadcast package. The Ravens won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup trophy in 2006-07, the men’s all-sports title in 2004-05 and Anderson served as the host institution for the 2007 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships.

Before arriving at Anderson University, Zapolski served as Associate Athletic Director at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Prior to this role, Zapolski has worked as the Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at Pepperdine for 20 years. Augustana College is a NCAA Division III school that supports 21 intercollegiate athletic teams.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.