John Jentz joined Nebraska Athletics as Senior Associate Athletic Director/Chief Financial Office in January of 2014. Jentz, who came to Nebraska after spending four years in a similar role at UCLA, directs and oversees all financial and business office operations, including the development and implementation of the annual operating and capital projects budgets as well as all accounting functions.
At Nebraska, Jentz serves as a member of the Senior Management Team and provides administrative and strategic leadership for the athletic department. He directs and monitors the department's financial master plan and human resources. He also oversees the gift, gift-in-kind and complimentary ticket accounting policies, procedures, approvals and reconciliations. Jentz oversees the department's risk management, while also monitoring the management of sport program camp and clinic operations.
Jentz's 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 over 200 full-time coaches and staff, supervised the information technology unit, and was the sport administrator for the 2013 College World Series Champion Bruin baseball program.
Prior to UCLA, Jentz spent 10 years at Wisconsin. He started as an Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Administration in 2000, and was named the department's Assistant Athletic Director for Business Operations in 2003. He 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, cashier's office, bowl and postseason travel. He was also the sport administrator for men's and women's rowing, and chaired the NCAA Rowing Committee during his tenure.
Jentz was an Assistant Athletic Director at Cal State Fullerton for five years prior to joining the staff at Wisconsin. He supervised eight sports and oversaw the athletic business office and ticket office for the Titans. Before his time at Fullerton, he was an accountant in the business office at UC 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, where he was a graduate assistant to the Athletic Director while earning his master's degree in sports management in 1993.
John and his wife, Nancy, have five daughters: Kristy, Marin, Emma, Serena and Lindsay.