Former Temple University Athletic Director Patrick Kraft was hired as Boston College’s new AD yesterday. He will replace Martin Jarmond, who was Boston College’s AD for the last three years before leaving for UCLA in May.
Kraft began serving as the Temple AD in 2015 following a stint at Loyola-Chicago as the Executive Senior Associate AD. During his four years at Temple, the school’s teams made drastic improvements across the board.
Their football team won their first conference championship and set a new record at four consecutive bowl appearances. Men’s basketball won their first regular-season American Athletic Conference title and made two appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Additionally, women’s lacrosse, women’s basketball, and men’s soccer all reached their highest rankings in over a decade.
These improvements were aided by Kraft’s ability to hire successful coaches during his tenure, such as Aaron McKie for men’s basketball and Rod Carey for their football team.
The student-athlete facilities underwent massive improvements during Kraft’s tenure. He oversaw the construction of four new practice facilities, a student-athlete lounge, and the renovation of the facilities currently in place.
The progress Kraft made paid off for the Owls. In just his first year as their AD, their football team saw an average attendance increase of over 20,000 fans per game as well as their first time appearing as the host for ESPN’s College GameDay.
Kraft has also been commended for his fund-raising efforts during his stay at Temple. He amassed over $55 million from donors and alumni to help fund the previously mentioned construction of athletic facilities.
In fact, Kraft set record amounts of funding for five straight years at Temple and established an upward trajectory of revenue from ticket sales during his time there. His expertise in fund-raising is a weak area for BC and something the administration hopes he can ignite among the fan base in Chestnut Hill.
Martin Jarmond was great for BC athletics in his time here. He oversaw the meteoric rise of women’s lacrosse and the continued success of men’s hockey. His hiring of Jeff Hafley brought a buzz to BC football that hasn’t been seen in years. He did everything in his power to garner student support for the university’s teams.
Yet, BC struggled to find consistent success or support in revenue-generating sports. Taking a look at Kraft’s track record at Temple, he could be exactly what Boston College needs to compete in the ACC and bring a championship atmosphere back to the Heights.
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