Jim McGrath has served as Butler's sports information director since 1981 and assumed the title of associate athletic director in 1989 after four years as an assistant athletic director. In his current role, he is responsible for the day-to-day media activities for men's basketball, softball, football, men's soccer, men's and women's golf and men's and women's cross country and track.
Since assuming his post at Butler, McGrath has served as the host SID for four NCAA Division I Men's Final Fours and one Women's Final Four, as well as the first and second rounds of nine additional NCAA men's basketball tournaments.
McGrath has worked in press operations at amatuer national championships in boxing, swimming and track and field. He was a press officer at the 1982 and 1983 USOC National Sports Festivals and the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival, and he served as a press officer for the United States team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. He further served as co-chairman for the Media Center Development and Operations Committee for Pan American Games X.
McGrath arrived at Butler after a 10-year stint as sports information director at his alma mater, Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). While at Augustana, he served as the host SID for five NCAA Division III national basketball championships. He was publicity director for the Ed McMahon Quad-Cities Open professional golf tournament for five year, and he served five years as the director of communications for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
A 1971 graduate of Augustana, McGrath and his wife, Judy, have three sons, Chad, Scott and Christopher.