Boston College names Patrick Kraft as school’s new athletic director

Kraft was Temple's athletic director five years before coming to Boston College.

n a five-year run at Temple University, Patrick Kraft transformed the athletic program through new coaching hires, investments in facilities, and a focus on student-athlete welfare and improved classroom performance.
n a five-year run at Temple University, Patrick Kraft transformed the athletic program through new coaching hires, investments in facilities, and a focus on student-athlete welfare and improved classroom performance. –AP

Boston College has filled its vacancy at athletic director following the Martin Jarmond’s departure for UCLA in May.

Dr. Patrick Kraft, the formerly the athletic director at Temple University, has agreed to head to Boston College in the same role. The contract is reportedly a five-year deal.

Kraft had been Temple’s athletic director since May 2015, and was the deputy athletic director for two years at the school before that. His work in helping to increase donations to the athletic department and upgrading its facilities has been praised.

And Kraft — who played college football at Indiana — oversaw a successful period in Temple’s football performance. Matt Rhule, who is now the coach of the Carolina Panthers, led the team to back-to-back 10-win seasons before leaving for Baylor. Even after Rhule’s departure, the program has seen three more winning seasons.

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Jarmond’s departure from Chestnut Hill left a major void, given the positive reviews he received. Kraft, who holds a doctorate in sports management from Indiana, will face immediate challenges as schools continue to deal with the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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