A longtime member of the Notre Dame staff, Michael Danch was promoted to associate athletics director for facilities in 2009. Previously, he had served as assistant athletics director for facilities and game manager for football since 2000 after serving as the director of athletic facilities since 1995.
In his current role, Danch is in charge of overseeing several varsity athletics facilities, including Notre Dame Stadium and the Joyce Center. He also served on the Athletic Department Master Plan Committee and is the primary administrator for the men's swimming and diving program.
Danch took over as general manager of the Joyce Center in 1982 (holding that assignment until 1998) after serving 10 years as events manager.
A 1967 Notre Dame graduate, the South Bend native served as co-director of the 1983 AAU Junior Olympics held at Notre Dame. He also helped prepare the successful bid for the 1987 International Summer Special Olympic Games at Notre Dame, and served on the steering, facilities, and construction committees for those games.
In June of 1997, Danch was awarded an honorary monogram by the Notre Dame Monogram Club and received the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley's 2002 Award of the Year. He also has received special awards from Notre Dame Student Government and the Convention and Tourism Division of the South Bend/Mishawaka Chamber of Commerce.
In 2010, Danch was appointed by Bishop Rhoades to the School Board at St. Joseph's High School in South Bend. In 2011 the Notre Dame Alumni Association presented Danch with the James E. Armstrong Award, which goes to a Notre Dame alumnus who works on campus and is being recognized for his service to the University and community. In addition to these awards, in 2011, the 1966 Notre Dame National Championship Football team named him an "honorary teammate".
Danch currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the South Bend YMCA, the South Bend Alumni Association and the South Bend Hall of Fame selection committee. He also has served as a past president of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley.
He is married to the former Conie Bass Frank of South Bend and they are parents to five children: Laura, Lisa, Elizabeth, Michael Jr. and Brian.