Brian Boulac Assumes Position Of General Manager Of The Joyce Center
Assistant athletic director takes over for recently retired Dave Woods.
Jan. 19, 2001
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Assistant athletic director Brian Boulac, with 31 years of experience on the Notre Dame athletic staff as both a coach and administrator, has assumed the position of general manager of the Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame.
In that role, Boulac is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the building, including personnel management, budget management, crowd control, technical services, custodial services and special events.
Boulac replaces Dave Woods, who retired Jan. 1, following three years in that position and 15 years overall at the University.
“Brian has been an integral part of athletics at Notre Dame for more than three decades,” says Notre Dame director of athletics Kevin White.
“He’s familiar with the workings of the University and he’s been a very visible figure within the University community, and those experiences will serve him well in his new position.”
Boulac has been serving as an assistant athletic director in his 18th year of working in the day-to-day operation of the Notre Dame athletic department. After 13 years as a member of the Irish football coaching staff (1970-82), Boulac moved into the administrative ranks in March of 1983.
This past year, he has worked with associate athletic director Bernard Muir in the student development area. He previously had served as an administrator for the Irish men’s and women’s track and cross country teams, the Notre Dame men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, the softball squad and the men’s and women’s fencing teams. He also served as an athletic department liaison with the admissions and financial aid departments.
Boulac also served for four years (1989-92) as head coach of the Notre Dame women’s softball team. He guided the Irish to four 30-win seasons, including postseason tournament Midwestern Collegiate Conference titles in ’90 and ’91 and the regular season title in ’92. In 1989, the first varsity season for the program, he was selected as MCC coach of the year.
He was an eight-year member of the NCAA fencing committee and served as chairman of that committee in 1996-97. He is a member of the United States Fencing Association college and high school advisory committee.
A former Irish tight end, the Olympia, Wash., native spent the last seven years of his coaching career as recruiting coordinator in addition to coaching the offensive and defensive lines, receivers and special teams at different times. He also served as administrative assistant to Dan Devine for two years and assistant head coach under Gerry Faust. He was a member of the coaching staff for eight seasons that culminated in postseason bowl appearances, including Irish victories in two Cotton, one Orange, one Sugar and one Gator Bowls. He was the offensive line coach on Notre Dame’s 1973 national championship team and was offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator on the ’77 national title staff.
Boulac earned monograms as a player at Notre Dame from 1960-62. Following his graduation from the University in 1963, he had a tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals, but elected to stay on campus as a graduate assistant coach from 1964-66 (helping the ’66 team win a national championship) while working toward his master’s degree. Boulac, who spent two summers in a Peace Corps-type program (CILA) in Lima, Peru, and served two years in the Army Medical Service Corps, remained at Notre Dame through 1968, doing doctoral work. He served as assistant freshman football coach in 1967 and ’68.
Boulac earned 10 letters in high school while playing football, baseball, basketball and track — and garnered all-state honors in football and basketball.
Boulac, born May 8, 1941, and his wife Micki (an ’83 graduate of the Notre Dame law school), have four daughters, Dawn, Denise, Deborah and Dyan (all Notre Dame graduates), three of whom (Dawn, Debbie and Dyan) earned monograms with various Irish teams.