Web site note: I have known Jean Lojko since we were in school together going back to junior high school and all the way through high school and she has a solid sports background and I wish her well, but I am still not happy with the way Greensboro College handled the release of former AD Kim Strable and I do believe this could be a problem as Greensboro College seeks to advance and rebuild in the near future.
Don’t destroy your past as you seek to improve your future standing.
There are some wise leaders currently making the decisions at Greensboro College, but is the leadership in the right hands.
Again best of luck to Jean Lojko, of all the people to get this job she is the most qualified and the most-deserving, and we will have to wait and see what the future holds for Greensboro College.
Press release from Bob Lowe, Greensboro College SID:
Jean Lojko has been promoted to athletics director at Greensboro College, announced Paul Leslie, the collegeâ€™s vice president for academic affairs.
Lojko has served as associate director of athletics at Greensboro College since August of 2002. She also has been the department’s senior woman administrator and was elevated to associate professor of physical education in 2006. Lojko will retain her role as head volleyball coach as she enters her 29th year at GC, 28th as its volleyball head coach. She has compiled a 585-372 record in her tenure.
“Jean Lojko has had tremendous successes at Greensboro College as a coach and as an administrator,” Leslie said. “We’re confident in her ability to serve the athletic department and Greensboro College in this important role.”
In April of ’07 Lojko became the first active staff member inducted into GC’s Athletics Hall of Fame. She takes over the responsibilities of Kim Strable, who served as The Prideâ€™s athletics director since 1989.
“I appreciate the opportunity that Greensboro College has provided me in this role,” Lojko said. “I’m firmly committed to the philosophy of NCAA Division III athletics, serving the student-athletes and the college.”
Under Lojko’s tutelage, Greensboro volleyball has earned national rankings during four seasons and regional rankings during 13 seasons. The Pride has claimed the conference regular season title eight times, while winning the tournament title an additional four times.
Lojko also previously coached the womenâ€™s basketball and womenâ€™s tennis teams at GC.
In March, 2007, Lojko received the Empowerment Award–Coaches & Teachers at the YWCA Greensboro 1st Annual Girls & Women in Sports Awards Dinner at the Greensboro Coliseum. Lojko served 11 years on the AVCA Board of Directors and has served on the NCAA national and regional volleyball committees.
A Greensboro native, Lojko attended Western Guilford High School. She completed a bachelor’s degree at UNC Greensboro in 1980, and received a master’s degree in health and physical education from Appalachian State University in 1983.
What they’re saying about The Pride’s new AD:
“Jean Lojko is a great choice for Greensboro College. She is a leader who listens, pays attention to the little things and works collaboratively with others. As an AVCA board member, Jean was one of the key people in the growth of our organization.
-Kathy DeBoer, executive director, American Volleyball Coaches Association
“We’re exctited about Jean Lojko being The Pride AD and joining our board of directors for the Greensboro Sports Commission. Our staff has worked with her before at a number of events and we look forward to her input and leadership. She brings stability and a great work ethic to the table.”
-Marc Bush, President, Greensboro Sports Commission
“Jean Lojko is an excellent choice to assume Greensboro College’s athletic director’s position. She is the ultimate professional with a deep and abiding loyalty to the college. She has always placed a high value on the academic, athletic and personal development of the student-athlete. Her experience in many facets of athletic leadership as well as her strong moral compass will prove very valuable to the coaches, staff and student-athletes in the coming years.”
-Rita Wiggs, commissioner, USA South Athletic Conference