Event will be held in the FAU Stadium's Recruiting Room
Every FAU Team Will Be in the Same Conference for the First Time Since 2001.
15-year Veteran Hails from The Ohio State University
2015 FAU Slomin Autism Championship - Fountains Country Club, March 27-29, 2015
SAAC held a congratulatory lunch with students from AD Henderson for donating the most items to the C-USA Food Drive.
Celebration of Boca, SAAC BBQ for Student-Athletes - 4/18/14
Patrick "Pat" G. Chun is in his fourth 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 capitalizing on the limitless potential of Florida Atlantic. He was elevated to Vice President in June of 2014 by President John Kelly.
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 2014-15 academic year saw student-athlete success at some of the highest levels in school history. Collectively, the Owls achieved a 2.92 grade point average, the highest in school history and 51.5% of all student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 GPA, also the highest in school history. The Owls also logged 2,600 community service hours, the most in department history.
On the performance side, Sitia Martinez and Frida Thorsas won Conference USA Championships in the 400 meter hurdles and heptathlon, respectively in women’s track and field. Agnes Bucz represented FAU at the NCAA National Swim Meet and the baseball and softball teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
The turnstiles moved significantly during the year as well. FAU recorded across the board increased in either total number of season tickets or tickets sold for all ticketed sports. Student attendance rose 21% at football games.
The successes from 2014-15 can be traced back to the transformational work that began immediately upon Chun’s arrival to FAU. In November of 2012, Chun engineered FAU's move into Conference USA. The Owls made their historic move into the new conference on July 1, 2013. Since beginning competition in 1995, Conference USA teams have combined for 88 bowl appearances in football, 102 NCAA Tournament appearances in basketball including three Final Fours, 63 NCAA baseball appearances including six College World Series berths, 79 NCAA soccer tournament appearances including four trips to the College Cup, and 35 individual national champions in track and field and cross country.
A monumental step towards the goal of student-athlete success occurred with the launch of the program's first strategic plan in the history of the department of athletics. 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), Capri Grotowski (beach volleyball), Kathy Baker-Guadagnino (women’s golf), Lara Preacco (men's and women's swimming and diving) 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 name was designed to symbolize FAU's commitment to increase the focus on philanthropic giving and the results have been immediate. The close of the 2013-14 fiscal year saw a record $850,000 in donations towards the fund. On December 2, 2015, FAU announced the largest single gift in university history, $16 million, 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.
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. In 2014-15 saw a 57% increase in corporate sponsors.
Prior to Florida Atlantic, Chun spent 15 years at The Ohio State University working at his alma mater. He held numerous roles in the department of athletics starting as a student worker and 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. Chun also served as the daily administrative liaison with the football program.
On a national level Chun currently serves on the NCAA Division I Baseball Committe after being selected in 2013. Locally, he serves on the YMCA of South Palm Beach County Board of Trustees. Chun is currently a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Chun has served, in the past, 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).