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IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
Kurt Svoboda
Kurt Svoboda
Title: Assistant Director of Athletics
Phone: (617) 495-2206
Email: ksvoboda@fas.harvard.edu
Alma Mater: Colby-Sawyer '00; Harvard ALM '09
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Kurt Svoboda has been at Harvard since 2005 and is anAssistant Athletic Director serving as the department's chiefpublic and media relations executive. Svoboda is the departmentalspokesperson responsible for disseminating information for thenation's largest Division I intercollegiate athletic program, with41 varsity programs (42 teams in 2013-14), to appropriateorganizations.

Svoboda leads the communications team in integratingrelationships between the public and Harvard athletics –including general counsel, marketing, development, facilities,alumni and external relations and event operations. Svoboda directsHarvard's digital and TV efforts and, working directly withathletic marketing, executes branding and promotional efforts inthe department's print and online platforms.  

In November 2012, Svoboda completed an initiative to bringHarvard's multimedia and production efforts in-house, creating thefirst full-time position for an Ivy League school and without anybudgetary increase. Concurrently, he created Harvard's firsttelevision partnership and utilized cutting-edge IP technology tobroadcast original HD programming for Harvard CrimsonProductions. Meanwhile, Harvard's online digital productionsand video features continue to set the pace at the Division I levelwith over 150 live events and 1.5 million viewers eachyear.

His reach on social media and networking platforms hasgarnered national attention and he has held workshops for numerousvarsity athletes and clients. In 2011, he gained notoriety for hisunique twitter campaign soliciting online viewership of Harvard'smen's basketball teams from Associated Press voting members.Harvard attained its highest national ranking ever at 21 during arecord-setting season.

On the individual sport level, Svoboda works directly withfootball baseball and skiing while overseeing men’sbasketball. He has also served as the contact for men's and women'ssoccer, men's and women's golf, men's and women's squash and men'sand women's water polo during his tenure.

In 2006, Svoboda oversaw more than 200 media members asthe host coordinator for the NCAA Women's Final Four at the TDBanknorth Garden. His office also hosted the 2008, 2009 and 2012Men's Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium.

Svoboda serves on the advisory board for the CollegeSports Video Conference, hosted each year by the Sports VideoGroup.      

Prior to Harvard, Svoboda served as the director of sportsinformation at Saint Anselm College from 2001-05. He was therecipient of 18 district and national publications awards,including the nation's top baseball media guide (Division B) in2003, the best media guide cover in 2005 and a second-place finishfor his 2002-03 men's basketball media guide.

Svoboda completed his master's degree from Harvard inliberal arts management with a concentration in finance andcontrol, graduating with honors. In 2012, he was chosen among asmall group of Harvard administrators to complete a certificate inFoundations of Leadership. Svoboda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate ofColby-Sawyer College with a B.S. in exercise and sport sciences anda discipline in sport management.

As an undergraduate, Svoboda was a four-year letterwinnerwith the baseball team, earning academic all-conference honors andplaying on two conference championship squads. After graduating, heserved as the first James "Lou" Gorman Publicist for the NewEngland Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) while also working as anassistant director of sports information and assistant baseballcoach at Franklin Pierce University.

After a two-year stint as an assistant baseball coach inthe NECBL, he returned to the central office as deputy commissionerof the league, responsible for player contracts and eligibilitywhile serving as Major League Baseball scouting bureauliaison.

Svoboda has served as an official scorer for the N.H.Fisher Cats AA-level baseball team (Toronto Blue Jays affiliate)and the N.H. Wolves Arena Football League team. He has been activein regional youth baseball and has coached with successful programsincluding the New Hampshire Blackflies, New England Ruffnecks andNokona USA Baseball travel programs.

Svoboda resides in Jamaica Plain, Mass., with his wife,Joanna, and their son, Jaxon.