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Former Penn State University Fayette Director of Athletics to Inherit Celtics’ Growing Athletics Program on August 2
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Carlow University is pleased to announce that Louis Zadecky has been named as the incoming Director of Athletics, effective August 2. Zadecky joins the Celtics by way of Pennsylvania State University’s Fayette campus where he was Director of Athletics for seven years.
A robust and accomplished background in coaching and athletics administration landed him the position at Carlow, which Zadecky noted he had been eyeing up for quite some time.
“Ever since my coaching days, I have admired the traditions, values and competitive spirt of Carlow University and its athletic programs,” said Zadecky. “I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to be the next Director of Athletics. I would especially like to thank President Kathy Humphrey, Dr. Tim Phillips, campus representatives and the search committee for this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Carlow University family.”
Zadecky also brings 25 years of collegiate and high school coaching and teaching experience to the position. Prior to his post at Penn State Fayette, he led the Penn State Greater Allegheny women’s basketball team for four seasons, where he was named 2013-14 Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Coach of the Year.
His experience with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) – of which Carlow is a member – stems from not only his PSUAC involvement, but also from hosting the USCAA men’s and women’s basketball championships during his tenure at Penn State Fayette.
While at Penn State Fayette, Zadecky was instrumental in growing the department from 73 to 120 student-athletes. His involvement on various national and campus committees, as well as spearheading numerous academic and community initiatives at Penn State Fayette dovetailed with Carlow’s focus on student-athlete development and mercy values.
“We were overwhelmed by Zadecky’s enthusiasm, connection to the Carlow mission and values and his concern for student success,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Tim Phillips. “Lou offered a proven track record of program growth, student-athlete support and student success. We are confident he will continue to build the Carlow Athletics legacy.”
Zadecky earned his undergraduate degree in health and physical education from Edinboro University and a Master of Science in sports management from California University of Pennsylvania.
“I look forward to working with the student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff to continue to build on Carlow’s traditions and values through strong academic and athletic performance and having a positive impact on the campus and community,” added Zadecky.
About Carlow University
Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929, Carlow’s curricula and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in two colleges: the College of Health and Wellness and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Carlow University also believes in the education and growth of students both inside and outside the classroom, where they can join student government, clubs, and academic honorary societies where they can develop skills in judgment, leadership, analysis, decision-making, and communication. For student-athletes, Carlow’s 14 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.