Scott Novack, a Colorado native was born in Boulder and is a 1991 graduate of Fruita Monument High School in Grand Junction. Novack attended the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelors of Art degree in International Relations and Russian.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Novack continued his education where he received Masters degree in Sport Management from the U.S. Sports Academy and wrote an MSc. dissertation on British Olympic Development at Brunel University in London, England.
Novack has been working in and around sports for over eighteen years. His first start in international sports came at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he worked with Turner Broadcasting Company (TBS) and TNT basketball. The experience working in international sport lend Novack to Brunel University in England, where as part of his Masters degree and writing the MSc dissertation, he worked with the Great Britain University Basketball Team as they prepared for the 1997 World University Games.
After a short stint at the U.S. Sports Academy working in sport education, in 1999, Novack joined USA Rugby and their game development initiatives as it pertained to coach development, youth/high school development and the U19 National Team.
From 1999–2005, under Novack’s tenure with USA Rugby and his responsibilities the coaching program certified over 5,000 coaches, youth/high school player participation increased from 5,500 to over 17,000 and he took the U19 National Team to three world championships, one regional world cup qualifier and two Freedom Cup series with Canada U19 National Team.
From 2005-2007, Novack served as the Director of High Performance with USA Taekwondo (USAT) where he oversaw and implemented all high performance initiatives. This included creating the Athlete & Coach Development matrix, establishing National Team standards, processes and systems that reaped immediate results. During this period, Novack served as Team Leader for USA Taekwondo National Teams at nine major international competitions that accounted for 46 medals (15 gold, 10 silver, 21 bronze), which includes three (3) world champions; Steven, Mark & Diana Lopez and a second place overall finish at the 2005 World Championships. In 2006, Novack continued to expand USAT’s high performance initiatives by hiring two National Team coaches and appointing seven National Team Assistant Coaches. This expansion assisted with the creation and delivery of the Coach Identification & Development Program (CIDP) that certified over 1,000 coaches and established the HLTC/USA Taekwondo Athlete Development Camp series.
In 2007, Novack joined the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sport Partnership Division, where he was the Manager of High Performance for the sport of Modern Pentathlon. Through his two year tenure, the USA Modern Pentathlon team won more World Cup medals than any time in its history and qualified over the Olympic quota spots with three men and three women to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where he served as Team Leader.
Since 2008, Novack has been the Director of High Performance for USA Bobsled & Skeleton where he is responsible for all high performance initiatives that included planning and integration of national team programming, Olympic & national team logistics, athlete preparation, staffing, sport science/technology, analysis and all camps that led to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, where the USA won two Olympic medals, one of which was the first Olympic gold in 4-man bobsled for Team USA in 62-years. Since 2009, USA Bobsled and Skeleton teams made history by winning the first World Championship in 4-man bobsled in 48-years, first 2-man World Championship in USA history and a second 4-man World Championship in 4-years.
Novack is considered to be one of the only individuals to serve as Team Leader/Team Manager for a summer and winter Olympic Games and to be with two separate sports that won World Championships (Taekwondo in 2005 & Bobsled in 2009 & 2012). In all, Novack has served as Team Leader or National Team Manager at over twenty-five major international sporting events that include two Olympic Games, a Pan American Games, Summer World University Games, eight World Championships that accounted for six World Champions and two Olympic medals.