Jim Naprstek was named the Director of Information for the MCVL on Dec. 13, 2016.
Since May of 2016, Naprstek has been recognized by three separate entities for his work in athletic communications. Beginning with the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and Elite Level Sports Marketing (ELSM), Loras was recognized as a finalist for the Best of Brand Award. In June, Naprstek was selected as a finalist for the Grant Burger Media Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the Sports Information Winner. Lastly, in January of 2017, Naprstek was presented with the Excellence in Communications Award from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Assocation as the Division III recipient.
Naprstek came to Loras after spending eight months as a graduate assistant at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Under Luke Pattarozzi, Naprstek served as the primary contact for men's and women's hockey. During that time, he also assisted in athletic communications for women's soccer, men's basketball, and baseball. Marian won the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference in 2014 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time since 1990. As the primary contact for men's and women's hockey, Naprstek, produced numerous multimedia packages in addition to weekly game notes, all as a part of the team's coverage.
For two years , Naprstek worked as an undergraduate with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL), covering their return to the league in 2010 and their Clark Cup Championship in 2011.
Naprstek is a 2013 graduate of Loras College, where he earned a B.A. in Media Studies. During his senior year, he was the primary assistant in the sports information office, covering the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Final Four run for men's soccer as well as the 2013 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.
A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Naprstek was a panelist at the 2016 convention and serves on the New Media Committee.
Naprstek earned his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America at age 14 and was an active member of the Order of the Arrow in which he was bestowed with the Vigil Honor and the Founder's Award.
The Plainfield, Ill. native now resides in Dubuque, Iowa.