Van Alstine named director of athletics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:25:00 PM

Dr. Tim M. Van Alstine, a higher education professional with more than 25 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics as student-athlete, coach, and administrator, has been named director of athletics at Cardinal Stritch University. He will start Aug. 1.

Van Alstine joins Stritch after serving as assistant vice-president/director of athletics for the Western Illinois University Athletics Department, which competes in NCAA Division I. Under Van Alstine’s leadership over the past 12 years, Western has captured 28 conference championships, won three Conference Commissioner’s Cups (2003-05) and three consecutive runner-up finishes (2006-08).

Twenty-four Western Illinois teams have advanced to postseason competition and 69 have competed as individuals representing Western at the NCAA. Western coaches have earned 28 ‘Coach of the Year’ accolades under Van Alstine’s leadership.

Van Alstine

“Dr. Van Alstine’s experience and expertise made him an ideal choice for the position,” said Dr. James Loftus, Stritch president. “I am highly confident that he will be a bold and thoughtful leader for our university, helping our student-athletes to excel both on and off the court or field.”

Van Alstine will provide leadership and oversight for Stritch’s 18 men’s and women’s teams, intramural leagues, and a spirit squad. Women’s and men’s teams at Stritch include: basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, as well as men’s baseball and women’s softball. Stritch competes in Division II of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics,

Van Alstine succeeds Pat Clemens in the position, who is retiring after 17 years of service to the University. 

“I am truly excited to join the Cardinal Stritch University community and lead its Athletics Department,” Van Alstine said. “I am very impressed by the passion and leadership of Dr. Loftus, the administrative team, and the coaches, and the overall commitment to student and student-athlete success. It will be an honor and a privilege to follow the successes Pat Clemens has already secured. There is clearly a wonderful opportunity to continue to build on the tradition of both academic and athletic success at Cardinal Stritch University.”

At Western Illinois, Van Alstine challenged all coaches to improve the academic culture of the Athletics Department. The result is 12 consecutive semesters with a student-athlete cumulative GPA higher than the general student population, and continuing the department’s goal of a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Last year 18 student-athletes earned Academic All-Conference honors, three were named CoSIDA Academic All-District and three received academic accolades from their respective sport’s national organization. 

Before serving at Western Illinois, Van Alstine  served as the senior associate athletics director for external affairs at Ohio University. While at Ohio, Van Alstine was responsible for all athletic department operations that impacted the general public, including ticket sales, media services, publications, marketing, promotions, and television and radio broadcast properties and licensing.

Prior to that, Van Alstine was the director of ticket operations at the University of Wisconsin from 1990-9, where Van Alstine handled ticket duties for the 1993 Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo, Japan; the 1994 Rose Bowl; and the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl. He also served as ticket director for the 1991 NCAA Volleyball Regionals.

He served as the director of athletics services at the University of Maine from 1989-90, and he began his athletics administration career at the University of Illinois, where he was an assistant academics counselor from 1986-89 while working on his doctoral degree.

Van Alstine earned his bachelor's degree from St. Norbert College in 1982. He received his master's degree from Fordham University in 1984 and his doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1992. He and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of twin daughters Leah and Abby.