Penn State Hires Patrick Kraft As Athletic Director

By Craig Fritz on April 29, 2022 at 11:26 am
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Penn State has officiailly hired former Boston College Athletic Director Patrick Kraft as its Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics (athletic director). Kraft takes over for Sandy Barbour, who recently retired from the position after more than seven years. He spent five years as the Temple AD before being hired away by BC in July 2020. The move became official today after a meeting of the Board of Trustees Compensation Committee.

Kraft's six-year deal will pay him a base salary of $750,000, with multiple incentives for department and team performance. 

Kraft was at BC for just 21 months, but oversaw significant accomplishments in athletics, sponsorship and fundraising. The Eagles women's lacrosse team won its first NCAA championship in 2021, just the school's sixth team championship all time. Kraft also negotiated a major 10-year footwear contract with New Balance, and a three-year apparel contract with Adidas, making BC the first FBS team with football-only apparel and footwear deal. 

Additionally, Kraft secured a major gift to lead the building of a new basketball practice facility, enhanced BC's annual athletics fundraising by 170% year-over-year, and led a campaign that raised over $9 million for various athletic department initiatives. While at Temple, Kraft set records for the annual fund for five straight years, while consistently enhancing revenues from ticket sales.

His education achievement track record at BC was also exemplary, with 455 student-athletes finished the 2020-2021 academic year with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.