Press Release

Saint Mary’s College Director of Athletics Steps Down

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, Ind. 46556

September 15, 2008 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Lynn Kachmarik, director of athletics and recreation at Saint Mary's College, announced today that she is stepping down from her position. In her more than nine years at the College, Kachmarik contributed greatly to the success of Saint Mary’s athletics and laid the groundwork for the future.

Kachmarik came on board in 1999, at a time of many changes, including the College’s entrance into the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Conference. Under her leadership the College went from the bottom of the MIAA rankings to be competitive in all sports. Since 1999 Saint Mary’s tennis team  has won the MIAA championship three times (2001, 2002, 2004); the golf team has won the MIAA championship three times (2003, 2004, 2005), while placing nationally three times (2002-03, 2003-2004, 2004-05); and the softball team was named the MIAA Tournament Champions in 2004. Also under Kachmarik’s watch, the move from part-time to full –time coaches began, overall team GPAs climbed, the Belles Varsity Club was established and student athletes performed thousands of hours of community service.

Summing up her time at the helm of the Belles athletic program, Kachmarik observed, “I have embraced the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and used their passion for education, service, faith and leadership over the years as I guided the department of athletics. Our student athletes are some of the best in the country, not only on the playing fields but also in the classroom. I am very proud of the extraordinary coaching staff that has been assembled at Saint Mary’s, as my colleagues’ expertise, dedication and commitment to excellence make a true difference in the overall quality of life for Saint Mary’s students. Belles athletics, I am convinced, will be enhanced with new leadership.”

Kachmarik says her time will now be devoted to pursuing projects that she is very passionate about such as the Mark Tulchinsky Camps for Champs program in South Bend, which she founded, and increased commitments as a member of the USA Water Polo Board of Directors. As a board member, Kachmarik oversees the Ethics Oversight Committee as well as the USA Water Polo Judicial Process. She also authored the Code of Conduct for Water Polo Players and Coaches nationwide.

Julie Schroeder-Biek ’88, associate director of athletics, has been named interim director of athletics and recreation. She will manage the daily operations of the department, which boasts eight NCAA Division III varsity sports and the intramural program. Schroeder-Biek, who is entering her 14th year in the department of athletics, will continue her duties as the volleyball coach.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. The College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.