Inside Rensselaer
Volume 7, No. 5, March 15, 2013

Jim Knowlton Named to NCAA Division I Men’s 
Hockey Committee

Jim Knowlton
Photo by Mark McCarty

Jim Knowlton Named to
NCAA Division I
Men’s Hockey Committee

Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee. His term is a four-year period that begins September 1, 2013. The committee is made up of one person from each hockey-playing conference.

Knowlton, who is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee, is responsible for overseeing Rensselaer’s 12 men’s and 11 women’s NCAA intercollegiate varsity teams and three junior varsity squads, involving more than 600 student-athletes, as well as intramurals.

In his time in Troy, Knowlton has implemented a new athletics branding initiative, improved two-way communication with the student-athletes, and increased revenue generation and fundraising, including the first-ever endowed head coaching position. He also has created and filled numerous administrative and coaching positions, and facilitated renovations to the Houston Field House as well as the completion of the first phase of Rensselaer’s $102 million East Campus Athletic Village, which features a 5,200-seat stadium and adjoining arena.

During 2008-09, Knowlton’s first full year with the Engineers, five teams won Liberty League Championships, two captured ECAC titles, and three teams qualified for the NCAA playoffs. Individually, five student-athletes qualified for National Meets. Rensselaer, which increased by nearly 80 spots in the NACDA Director’s Cup, had five National All-Americans and four National Academic All-Americans.

In 2009-10, four teams went to the NCAAs, including women’s cross country for the first time ever, and men’s soccer and men’s lacrosse, both of which advanced to the second round. Six student-athletes were named Player of the Year in their respective sports and 11 were named Rookie of the Year. There were five National All-Americans and six National Academic All-Americans.

Last season, the men’s hockey team returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995, 10 student-athletes were National All-Americans, and two earned National Academic All-America recognition. Knowlton was NACDA’s Division III northeast recipient of the Under Armor Athletic Director of the Year in 2011.

Thus far this year, the Engineers have seen four teams qualify for post-season, including the men’s soccer team advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The men’s basketball team played in the championship game of the Liberty League Tournament, women’s ice hockey qualified for the ECAC Hockey’s post-season, and the men’s hockey team was in second place in the standings on the final weekend of the regular season. Academically, Rensselaer has had two National Academic All-Americans and nearly 200 honored by the Liberty League.

Prior to joining Rensselaer, Knowlton served as the director of the Center for Enhanced Performance at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. In that position, he led a staff of 50 professionals who deliver training for peak performance in athletics, academics, and military endeavors to cadets, soldiers, and athletes both on and off the West Point campus.

Knowlton received a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1982 from West Point, where he was a four-year letter-winner and captain of the varsity hockey team. After 10 years of organizational leadership positions of increasing responsibility in the U.S. Army, Knowlton received a master’s degree in civil engineering from Cornell University.

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