Director of Athletics
Michael Zapolski is in the midst of his fifth year as the Director of Athletics at Augustana College. Zapolski began his current assignment in June of 2008 after serving as the Director of Athletics for five years at Anderson University in Indiana and working 20 years in various capacities at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
Zapolski is responsible for the daily management and oversight of the College's 23-sport intercollegiate athletics program and the various sports venues. Zapolski's primary duties include budget and financial planning, compliance, event and facilities management, fund-raising, staff evaluation and strategic planning. He has focused on improving cross-campus relationships, hired new head coaches for women's basketball, football, men's golf, swimming and tennis during his four-year tenure and helped successfully launch the men's and women's lacrosse programs.
Characterized as an energetic and innovative leader, Zapolski has established a sound professional record that emphasizes a strong commitment to the development of the total student-athlete. Other accomplishments during his time at Augustana include the implementation of a new athletics branding program, launching a comprehensive live video streaming portal, overhaul of the athletics website, construction of Thorson-Lucken Field and the recent installation of FieldTurf at Ericson Field. During the upcoming 2012-13 academic year, Zapolski will be heavily involved in the planning of the Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex.
Zapolski is currently in his third year as a member of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Committee, including his second as chair, and served on the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Committee from 2007-10. While working at Anderson, Zapolski spearheaded the school's role as co-host of the 2007 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships.
Born and raised in nearby Wheaton, Illinois, Zapolski began his professional athletics career in October of 1983 when he was hired as the full-time Sports Information director at Pepperdine. Zapolski worked at Pepperdine for 20 years, holding additional titles of Assistant Athletics Director (1999-2001) and Associate Athletics Director (2001-03).
In his role as Associate Athletics Director at Pepperdine, Zapolski aided the Director of Athletics in the daily operation of the department. He supervised the men's golf, women's golf, women's soccer and men's tennis programs and had oversight of the Athletic Training, Facilities, Marketing and Sports Information staffs. Additionally, Zapolski served as the webmaster for the athletics website, supervised game management operations and coordinated event contracts and
scheduling for all sports.
Zapolski earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pepperdine in 1985, graduating magna cum laude. While making the transition to more administrative responsibilities, Zapolski earned a master's of business administration degree from Pepperdine in 2000. He and his wife, Stacey, reside in Davenport with their daughter, Haley, and two sons, Luke and Noah.