Penn State University

Patrick Kraft
Director of Athletics

Patrick Kraft

Patrick Kraft, considered one of the best athletics administrators in NCAA Division I sports, was named the William V. Campbell Director of Athletics at Boston College, effective July 1, 2020.

Kraft, who has been credited with transforming Temple’s athletics program through new coaching hires, investments in facilities, and a focus on student-athlete welfare and improved classroom performance, succeeds Martin Jarmond, who was named the director of athletics at UCLA in May.

As director of intercollegiate athletics at Temple, Kraft directed a $59 million budget, a department of 180 employees, and 500 student-athletes in 19 sports that compete in the American Athletics Conference, the Big East Conference, and the ECAC. He was responsible for all facets of athletics administration, including academics, NCAA Title IX compliance, diversity, finances, and athletics, and led the hiring of new head coaches in football, men’s basketball and men’s and women’s soccer and field hockey.

A native of Libertyville, Illinois, Kraft attended Indiana University where he played football as a walk-on before earning a football scholarship, and earned three degrees, including a Ph.D in sport management, a master’s degree in sport marketing administration, and a bachelor’s degree in sport marketing management.

Prior to being named director of intercollegiate athletics in 2015, Kraft served as deputy director of athletics at Temple, executive senior associate athletic director at Loyola University Chicago, and senior assistant athletics director for marketing at Indiana University. He has also served as clinical professor in the School of Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago, and as associate instructor in sport marketing and management at Indiana University.

A current member of both the NCAA Football Oversight and Football Competition committees, Kraft, 43, was recognized by Sports Bureau Journal as one of the top 40 sports executives under the age of 40 and by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the top young Business Executives in Philadelphia.

Kraft and his wife Betsy are the parents of two children: Annabelle (6) and Joseph (4).