In his 17 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.
In 2017-18, Navy won a school-record 68 percent of its contests (336-159-3) and authored the greatest comeback in the history of the Army-Navy series by winning the final seven stars and 10 of the last 11 to defeat Army 13-9-2 in the Star series (.583).
The Mids had 12 All-Americans, 21 conference or regional coaches of the year, 12 conference athletes of the year and won 16 conference championships.
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 sixth time in the last seven years. Navy had never won the Presidents’ Cup prior to Gladchukcoming to Navy.
Navy got it done in the classroom as well with 23 of Navy’s 24 NCAA sponsored teams above the national average for their respective sport in the Academic Progress Report. Additionally, eight Mids were named Academic All-Americans and seven were named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their respective sports.
Gladchuk’s efforts have been recognized on a national level. He was one of four finalists in the spring of 2016 for the Sports Business Journal’s Athletic Director of the Year award and received the John L. Toner Award from the National Football Foundation in December of 2016, which recognizes an athletics director who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football. Gladchuk was lauded for engineering the move to the American Athletic Conference for football, which will secure Navy’s future as a strong FBS program for years to come.
Gladchuk won the Bobby Dodd Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2005. 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 a 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. In addition, as a member of the American Athletic Conference for football, every away game is now televised.
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.
During Gladchuk’s tenure at the Naval Academy, he has seen the Midshipmen win 165 conference titles, produce 221 All-Americans and 100 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 $78 million renovation of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium where under his leadership the stadium was completely refurbished over a 10-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 (golf, tennis, hockey and rugby), Max Bishop Stadium (baseball), varsity squash courts, various team locker rooms and a number of practice facilities. Over the past decade over $200 million dollars has been raised in support of the physical mission and intercollegiate athletics.
Other highlights during Gladchuk’s tenure at the Naval Academy include the 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 the Army-Navy contract with CBS through 2028 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, the American Athletic Conference 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 currently serves 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 and 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.