In his 19 years as Director of Athletics, Chet Gladchuk has overseen the greatest era in the history of Navy Athletics. Gladchuk 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 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.
During Gladchuk’s tenure at the Naval Academy, he has seen the Midshipmen win 193 conference titles, produce 263 All-Americans and 115 Academic All-American honors.
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.
Before Houston, Gladchuk was the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation for seven years at his alma mater, Boston College. Prior to rejoining Boston College, Gladchuk served as AD at Tulane University from 1987-90.
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.