John co-founded PresidioSports.com in 2008 and directed the daily news publication for seven years until it stopped publishing new content in December of 2015. In that time, Presidio Sports posted over 22,000 articles covering local athletics in the Santa Barbara community.
Today the website’s home page is curated with some our best content over the years including many of our most-read stories and the athletic community’s most significant accomplishments from 2008 through 2015. All of Presidio Sports’ content remains accessible for historical record.
The publication’s impact on the local sports community was recognized when Presidio Sports handed off some of its operations to Noozhawk.com in January of 2016.
From a Noozhawk.com article reporting the shift:
Bill Macfadyen, Noozhawk’s founder and publisher, said he and his business partners, Kim Clark and Tom Bolton, are looking forward to adding a sports section to their fast-growing website, but are saddened by the demise of a fellow online-only operation.
“Noozhawk is grateful to have this opportunity to succeed and build on the legacy established by John Dvorak and his team at Presidio Sports,” he said. “As pioneers ourselves, we know how arduous that journey was, and I understand better than most how difficult it is for John to make that last call.”
Macfadyen credited Presidio Sports with making a positive difference in the lives of thousands of student-athletes over the years.
“Presidio Sports’ contribution to the local sports scene has been profound, but even more important, with John’s vision and leadership, it covered our community with integrity, passion and respect,” he told the luncheon guests. “Theirs is an example you have my word that we will follow.”
Presidio Sports had previously partnered with local print weekly Santa Barbara Independent to reach a larger and broader audience.
Here’s an excerpt of the announcement posted on Independent.com:
PresidioSports.com is the Santa Barbara region’s only dedicated sports news website, covering high school, college, and even club sports, and The Independent is the area’s leading source of news, arts, entertainment, and lifestyle coverage, with the South Coast print circulation of 40,000 copies a week as well as the most trafficked media website, twice named the best weekly newspaper website in the country.
“We’re excited to partner with Presidio Sports, which is a national pioneer for online local sports coverage,” said The Independent’s Publisher Joe Cole. “I’ve been a fan since it launched in 2008, and I believe that John Dvorak and Barry Punzal’s dedication and experience will dovetail perfectly with our newspaper’s community orientation.”