UNL Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst announced Jan. 2 the hiring of John Jentz as Senior Associate Athletics Director-Chief Financial Officer effective Jan. 13.
“I am very pleased to announce that John Jentz will be joining our Senior Management Team at the University of Nebraska,” Eichorst said. “He is an extremely experienced and respected administrator who brings an exceptional skill set that greatly benefit Husker Athletics.”
Jentz will have the following primary duties and responsibilities:
• Serve as a member of the senior management team and provide administrative and strategic leadership for the department;
• Direct and oversee all financial and business office operations, including development and implementation of annual operating and capital project budgets as well as all accounting functions;
• Direct and oversee department’s financial master plan;
• Direct and oversee human resources;
• Direct and oversee gift, gift-in-kind and complimentary ticket accounting policies, procedures, approvals and reconciliation;
• Direct and oversee risk management; and
• Direct and oversee management of sport program camp and clinic operations.
Jentz joins UNL after four years as senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer at the University of California-Los Angeles.
His primary duties at UCLA included management of the department’s financial master plan and annual budget. He served as the principal advisor to the Director of Athletics with respect to long term programming and planning, including assessing the resources available for the development of major capital projects. He also directed the human resources unit that included almost 200 full-time coaches and staff, supervised the information technology unit, and was the sport administrator for UCLA’s 2013 College World Series Champion baseball program.
Prior to UCLA, Jentz spent more than nine years at the University of Wisconsin. He started as an assistant athletic director for sports administration in 2000, and named the department’s assistant athletic director for business operations in 2003, and was promoted to associate athletic director in 2006. He was in charge of the day-to-day operations of the business office while also overseeing human resources, technical services, the cashier’s office and bowl and postseason travel. He was also the sport administrator for men’s and women’s rowing and chaired the NCAA Rowing Committee.
Jentz was an assistant athletic director at California State University, Fullerton for four years before joining the staff at Wisconsin, where he supervised eight sports and oversaw the athletic business office and ticket office for the Titans. Before his time at Cal State-Fullerton, he was an accountant in the Business Office at the University of California-Riverside, and later managed development funds and assisted with coordinating events for the Highlanders.
A 1992 graduate of Brigham Young University, Jentz began his administrative career at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he was a graduate assistant to the athletic director while earning his master’s degree in sports management in 1993. Jentz and his wife, Nancy, have five daughters; Kristy, Marin, Emma, Serena and Lindsay.