Bob (Cep) Ceplikas, a 1978 graduate of Dartmouth College and 30-year veteran of the college’s staff in athletics and admissions, returned to his post as Deputy Director of Athletics for the 2010-11 academic year after assuming the role of Acting Director of Athletics and Recreation for more than a year.
Upon his graduation, Ceplikas joined
the college’s admissions office, where he held four different positions
in 11 years. For six of those years (1979-85), he also served as
assistant coach of Dartmouth’s varsity women's ice hockey team, helping
build that program from a fledgling varsity to a competitive team. After earning a master’s in education from Stanford University in 1990,
he returned to Dartmouth as an athletics administrator, and served as
Deputy Director of Athletics from 1994 to 2009.
Following Josie Harper’s retirement in 2009, Ceplikas served as
Dartmouth’s Acting Director of Athletics and Recreation for 14 months.
During that time, he oversaw one of the nation’s most comprehensive
athletics programs, including 34 Division I varsity sports, 34 club
sports, and a wide range of intramural, physical education, fitness, and
recreational offerings. He is credited with spearheading efforts to
rebuild a championship-caliber football program; guiding the department
through the most significant budget reduction process in the college’s
history; reconstituting the Dartmouth College Athletic Council; and
overseeing the hiring of new head coaches in men’s basketball, men’s
tennis, and sailing.
Upon the appointment of Harry Sheehy as Director of Athletics and
Recreation in September 2010, Ceplikas returned to his position as
Deputy Director. In that role, he acts on the director’s behalf in a
variety of settings and undertakes a wide range of other
• Overseeing the department’s annual giving programs, including the
Athletic Sponsor Program (to support recruiting) and individual sports’
Friends Groups, as total donations have swelled from about $500,000 to
nearly $3.5 million annually;
• Serving as the coaches’ liaison to the Admissions and Financial Aid
Offices, recently collaborating with Admissions to develop and implement
a much more effective framework for athletic recruiting;
• Playing a central role in the planning and coordination of athletic
facility improvements totaling $95 million, including Boss Tennis
Center, Scully-Fahey Field, Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse, Zimmerman
Fitness Center, and Floren Varsity House;
• Overseeing the marketing and promotions area;
• Assisting the director with long-range planning, external relations, and overall management of the department.
Ceplikas has also been President of EARC Rowing, Chair of the ECAC Hockey Executive
Committee and currently serves on
the DHMC Assembly of Overseers. He was also a long-time volunteer youth hockey coach and
headed the Lebanon High School varsity girls’ ice hockey team for three
years, guiding them to the state championship game in 2009.
Ceplikas and his wife Lynn, who teaches English at Hanover High School,
reside in Lebanon. Their daughter Holly, is a member of the
Dartmouth Class of 2013, and their son Luke, is a member of the University of Vermont Class of 2015.