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Waldorf University welcomes new Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications, John Cabral

FOREST CITY – Waldorf University is excited to welcome John Cabral as the new Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications. Cabral, a 2007 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, comes to Forest City from Massachusetts, along with his wife, Caitlyn, and one-year-old daughter, Lucia.

Cabral brings nearly 20 years of collegiate athletic involvement to the Waldorf University Athletics Department, including significant collegiate athletic broadcasting experience, solid experience in brand enhancement and promotion, a strong understanding of advertising initiatives, excellent technical knowledge regarding broadcasting equipment and maintenance, and a diversified managerial portfolio.

Prior to accepting his position at Waldorf, Cabral and his family lived in Massachusetts where he simultaneously served as a Northeast Conference NCAA Division I Sports Broadcaster, a Sports Broadcaster & Audio Technician at Babson College, Assistant General Manager & Broadcaster to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod Baseball League, and as a Broadcaster for Dartmouth Community Television covering high school and college sports where he pioneered the beginning of live streaming sportscasts on University websites.

Notably Cabral spent 17 seasons with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks from 2003-2019 where he served as the team’s play-by-play announcer from 2004-2010 and became the Assistant General Manager in 2012 and remained in that role until 2019.

“My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Waldorf University community,” Cabral said. “I am looking forward to meeting and working with the coaches and administrators who strive to make Warrior Athletics a success. Waldorf athletes work hard, and I will make sure they receive recognition for their achievements on the field, in the classroom, and in our community.”

Cabral and his wife Caitlyn believe in investing in their communities and seek opportunities to regularly give back. Beginning in September of 2019, the Cabral’s worked as a Family Teaching Couple at Boys Town New England in Portsmouth, RI. While there, they were able to reunify five boys between the ages of 9 and 13 with their biological families and were able to place a sixth into a successful adoption.

“We are very excited to welcome John and his family to the Warrior Community,” said Director of Athletics Chad Gassman. “Not only do we believe John brings a level of experience to this position due to his extensive background that will serve to enhance the athlete, coaching, and spectator experience when it comes to Waldorf University Athletics, but we also see John and his family becoming a valuable addition to the surrounding Forest City community.”

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Founded in 1903, Waldorf University is a regionally-accredited liberal arts university located in the heart of Forest City, Iowa. Waldorf delivers engaging learning experiences through innovative residential and online instruction, providing its students associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificates in the areas of business, communication, criminal justice administration, education, music, psychology, theatre and more. Visit to learn more.

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