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Patrick "Pat" G. Chun is in his fifth year at the helm of the Florida Atlantic Department of Athletics. He was named director of athletics July 2, 2012 and quickly guided the Owls through an aggressive period of growth that has yielded unprecedented successes. He was elevated to vice president by Dr. John Kelly in June of 2014.
Since his arrival, Chun has been focused primarily on improving the overall experiences of the student-athlete. At Florida Atlantic, Chun provides leadership for 19 varsity sports with over 450 student-athletes as well as 150 staff members. The overarching goal has been student-athlete success and their respective development academically, athletically, and socially.
The 2015-16 academic year proved to be historic on many levels. The Department of Athletics won multiple conference championships and set records in academic achievement, fundraising and ticket sales. Below are some of the highlights:
- School record 3.06 overall grade point average (G.P.A.), marking first time in school history department G.P.A. has been over 3.0 for an entire academic year
- School record spring 2016 semester 3.10 G.P.A.
- School record 58% of student-athletes with 3.0 or higher G.P.A.
- School record 13 student-athletes named to the President's List (4.0 G.P.A.)
- 26 student-athletes named to the Dean's List (3.2 or higher GPA and ranked in the top-10 percent of their major)
- School record 15 teams posted 3.0 or higher G.P.A. in spring 2016
- All teams exceeding Academic Progress Rate minimum, with six teams achieving perfect 1000 scores
- School record 77% Graduation Success Rate (GSR), an increase of over 10 points over the past three years
- Launched inaugural FAU Department of Athletics Leadership Academy
- School record set with over 4000 hours of community service
- Multiple Conference Championships for the first time since 2007
- Kylee Hanson was named Conference USA Female Athlete of the Year, the first ever FAU student-athlete to win this award
- 35 student-athletes earned all-conference honors
- Softball won both the Conference USA Regular-Season and Conference USA Tournament Championships, the first softball conference championship since 2007
- Softball and baseball competed in their respective NCAA Tournaments
- Baseball won the Conference USA Regular-Season Championship
- C.J. Chatham (baseball) and Kylee Hanson (softball) earned All-America honors. The honors marked the first time in six years FAU had multiple All-American honorees
- Chatham was named Conference USA Player of the Year for baseball
- Hanson was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Year for softball
- Beach Volleyball finished the season ranked No. 19 in the country in the final DIG Magazine poll
- Three coaches earned conference coach of the year honors
- Women’s Soccer had its best finish in Conference USA including its first appearance in the conference tournament
- Volleyball had its best finish ever in Conference USA
- Cheerleading won the National Cheerleading Association’s All-Girl Intermediate Division 1A National Championship
- National Association of Academic Advisors (N4A) Model Practices Award given to the university that displays best practices in their programming for student-athletes. FAU was honored for its work with the football program. Along with the academic improvement, the FAU athletics department has developed a comprehensive life skills program, featuring career services and a speakers program, as well as a concerted effort to provide community service to the Boca Raton area
- National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) Gold Medal recipient in video segment category for its “Thank You Owl Nation” video. The Gold Medal is given to the top video among all 128 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions
- First sellout in FAU Stadium History on September 11, 2015
- No. 18 nationally in NCAA average attendance increase for football
- School record for football season ticket holders
- School record for student attendance at home football games. Student attendance increased by 70% from the past season. It marked the third-consecutive year of student attendance increases at football (20% increase in 2013 and 24% increase in 2014)
- Largest home crowd for women’s soccer (FAU vs Miami on September 4, 2015)
- Third-consecutive year of student attendance increase in all ticketed varsity sports (6% in 2015-16, 14% in 2014-15 and 19% in 2013-14)
- $13.9 million in gifts and pledges in FY 2015-16. This marks back-to-back years of record fundraising for FAU with over $30.7 million in gifts and pledges the past two years
- Christine E. Lynn committed $5 million for the Christine E. Lynn Sports Medicine Center
- Bobby and Barbara Campbell committed $5 million for the Bobby and Barbara Campbell Academic Success Center
- $575,000 in gift commitments towards on campus tennis facility. Construction will begin in summer 2016
Transformational work began immediately upon Chun’s arrival in fall 2012. In November of 2012, Chun engineered FAU's move into Conference USA. The Owl's made their historic move into the new conference on July 1, 2013. A monumental step towards the goal of student-athlete success occurred with the launch of a strategic plan, the first strategic plan in the program’s history. This was done through the collective efforts of the athletics senior leadership team, coaches and staff. The plan was introduced in January of 2013. The plan redefined the mission statement of the department:
"In support of the educational mission of Florida Atlantic University, we prepare and empower our student-athletes for academic, athletic and lifetime achievement. We share an expectation of excellence. We unify and engage our students, alumni and the community."
The strategic plan also identified the core values of the department: excellence, innovation, teamwork and integrity.
A major step in bolstering the athletics program has been the hiring of experienced coaches in alignment with the ideal of student-athlete success. Since his arrival, Chun has hired Patrick Baker (women's soccer), Michael Curry (men's basketball), Ricardo Gonzalez (men's tennis), Lara Preaco (men's and women's swimming and diving), Capri Grotowksi (beach volleyball), Cathy Guadagnino (women’s golf) and Charlie Partridge (football).
As part of Florida Atlantic's Athletic Department's commitment to build relationships within the South Florida community, the annual fundraising organization was renamed the Owl Scholarship Fund (OSF) in January 2013. The fund continues to increase in total dollars on an annual basis. On December 2, 2015, FAU announced the largest single gift in university history, $16 million from the Schmidt Family Foundation, which would be directed to the design and construction of a new athletics facility to be named the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence.
Another connector with the South Florida community has been the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl. The inaugural game was played on December 2014 at FAU Stadium. The bowl game is the result of a partnership between FAU, ESPN, the City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, the Orange Bowl, Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference and the American Athletic Conference. In just two years, over 4 million viewers have watched the game on ESPN.
Revenue generation has been at the forefront of initiatives for Chun. In August of 2013, FAU agreed to a 10-year agreement with Learfield Sports as its exclusive corporate sponsorship sales unit. The partnership is expected to generate $25 million in revenues over the life of the agreement.
At the conclusion of the 2014-15 year, the department’s effort towards the core values had begun to show with a record number of student athletes earning a 3.0 G.P.A. (58%). Student-athletes recorded a 3.0 G.P.A. for the academic year of 2015-16 for the first time in the program’s history. The football program recorded its first sellout in FAU stadium history and for the second-consecutive year, student attendance was at a high, and a cultural shift that showed leadership in community outreach with a program high 4,000 hours served.
Prior to Florida Atlantic, Chun spent 15 years at The Ohio State University working at his alma mater. During his tenure, he was promoted six times in the Department of Athletics ultimately elevating to Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Relations. In his last role at Ohio State, Chun provided leadership and oversight for all facets of the external relations division from 2009-12. In the four years of overseeing the external relations division, Chun oversaw record fundraising years of $42 million in 2012, $41 million in 2011, and $39 million in 2010. Chun also was a lead member of the athletics department senior team that authored the then-largest multi-media rights deal in intercollegiate athletics history: a 10-year, $128 million partnership with IMG College in 2009. Chun also served as the daily administrative liaison with the football program.
On a national level, in July 2016, Chun was named to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) executive committee. He completed a three-year term on the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee from 2013-16. Locally, he serves on the YMCA of South Palm Beach County Board of Trustees. In the past, Chun has served on the executive committee for the National Association for Athletics Development Directors (NAADD) and was a longtime board member for the Columbus, Ohio chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. In 2011, Chun was selected for the inaugural class of the Division 1A Athletics Directors Association Fellowship Program.
A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Chun is a graduate of Holy Name High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and a master's degree from Duquesne University. He and his wife, Natalie, also an OSU alumna, have three daughters (Vanna, Kennedy and Gretta) who enjoy their dog (Little Brother).