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.
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).
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.
“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,
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.
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.