Jeff Falkner assumed the position of Athletic Director at Graceland University on August 6, 2010 after spending the previous three years as the Athletic Director and head baseball coach at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky.
In two years at Graceland the Jackets have had 97 students recognized as Academic All-Americans, 144 All-Conference selections and 17 All-Americans. In that time 24 times a Graceland program has been represented at its prospective National Championships.
During his tenure as the AD at Brescia the Bearcats won 10 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) championships and advanced to five NAIA National Championships. Twice the KIAC student-athlete of the year was a Brescia student. Most importantly, 112 Brescia student-athletes were named to the KIAC All-Scholar team.
The 2008-2009 baseball season was the highlight of Falkner's head coaching career on the field. That season the Bearcats won the first-ever baseball Conference Championship in school history, broke the school record for wins in a season and beat Fisher College from Boston, MA in a two-out-three series to earn a berth in the NAIA National Tournament.
Prior to coaching at Brescia, Falkner held assistant coaching positions at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, CA, Grand View College in Des Moines, IA and Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, OH. During his time at both Grand View and Ohio Dominican, both schools' baseball teams broke their respective records for wins in a season.
Falkner says he is proud of what his teams have accomplished on the fields and courts of play but says he's even more proud of the work that's done outside of athletic competition.
"It is very clear to me that the Athletic Department at Graceland University understands the part it plays in supporting the educational mission of the institution and helping to prepare its students to build solid foundations for success in their lives," Falkner said. "I can't personally think of anything more rewarding than being able to help facilitate that process."
Falkner has an A.A. from Santa Barbara City College, a B.A. in Communications from Grand View College and an M.S. in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from California University of Pennyslvania. His wife Hannah and he have two children—a son, Casey, and a daughter, Cali.