Athletics Director Pat Clemens announces retirement

Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:30:00 PM

After 17 years of service to the University, Athletics Director Pat Clemens will retire effective July 31. 

Over the course of his time at Stritch, Clemens has been instrumental in the growth and enhancement of Stritch’s athletic offerings, ensuring that student athletes achieve success both on and off the field. He first served as men’s head soccer coach from 1996-2006 and women’s head soccer coach from 1996-2007. He was named athletic director in 2008. Over the years, he also led the creation of new academic programs, taught classes and chaired the faculty senate. 


“I appreciate all the opportunities the University has afforded me over the years,” Clemens said. “I especially want to thank (former president) Sister Mary Lea Schneider and (president) Dr. James Loftus for the faith they put in me as we started new programs. I was blessed to work with great people all around the University, especially our coaches and staff in the Athletics Department. The best part of working here has been the opportunity to work with the students. Their enthusiasm makes our experiences meaningful."

Clemens was a key figure in the University adding new sports for the 2013-14 school year, including men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s bowling, women’s bowling, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s golf, and women’s golf. Competitive cheerleading and dance will be added for 2014-2015. 

His involvement in the NAIA and soccer started more than 20 years ago when he began his career as the official scorer for the 1983 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship. In 2000, he was named to the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Association Executive Committee, serving for seven years and eventually becoming president.

He also served as chair for the All-American Selection Committee, the Hall of Fame Committee, the Research Committee, and the Ratings Oversight Committee. He was involved in the Ethics Committee and was the NAIA Region VII men’s soccer chair from 2001-05. 

He was inducted into National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008, and served as the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer chair. He also received two awards of merit from the NAIA.

While Clemens has had an impact on the national stage, he also has been a key figure in the integration of athletics and academics at Stritch. He served as a professor in the Sport Management program since its inception in 2002 and, in spring of 2008, Clemens also played an integral role in creating the Master of Arts in Sports Management degree program.

“Pat has been steadfast in his dedication to Stritch and its students, guiding them as they develop as athletes, scholars, and citizens,” said Stritch President Dr. James Loftus. “His presence will be dearly missed. I am, of course, delighted for Pat and his wife, Bess, but saddened for the University given the mark he has left through his leadership.”