DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, a Catholic liberal arts college, announces the appointment of Jimmy Naprstek as interim director of communications & marketing. He will also continue to serve as director of athletic communications, a position he’s held since 2014.
“I am honored to transition into this new role in an effort to better serve Loras College,” Naprstek said. “This campus and the people that give life to it have made an immense impact in my personal and professional development. To give back to this community in this way is extremely humbling.”
Naprstek received a bachelor’s degree in media studies from Loras in 2013. After a year as a student assistant at Loras, Naprstek was hired by Marian University as an athletic communications graduate assistant. He held this position for eight months before being named the director of athletic communications at his alma mater.
In his new role, Naprstek will lead efforts to identify and communicate the College’s key messages while supporting and reinforcing its brand. He and his staff will primarily work with prospective students, alumni and friends, donors along with local, national and international communities. He will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the athletic communications office.
Naprstek was the primary contact for the College’s 24 varsity athletic program and its affiliation as a member of the NCAA Division III. He also led the department’s marketing efforts, trained student-athletes and staff, oversaw a tiered student intern program, and created content for various forms of media, including news releases, feature stories and game-by-game promotional material.
“I have no doubt that Jim will be able to tell Loras’ powerful story in a new and refreshing way,” Jim Collins, president of Loras, said. “His commitment to Loras is evident in every effort he puts forward.”
In 2017, Naprstek received the 2017 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Excellence in Communications Award and in addition, was named a member of the inaugural Rising 25 Award class by Front Office Sports. His other accolades include the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Grant Burger Media Award for Sports Information, as well as a finalist for the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Best of Brand Breakout Performer.
He also serves as director of information for the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League.
Originally from Joliet, Ill., Naprstek has called the “Key City” home for a majority of the past decade.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.