Since his appointment as Director of Athletics, Dr. Patrick Kraft has led a transformation in Temple University’s Department of Athletics. During his tenure, investments and enhancements in student-athlete welfare, in support of coaches and staff, in academic support and in facilities have provided deserved regional and national attention for the University.
Under Kraft’s leadership, Temple’s football program won the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship, won 20 games in a two-year span (2015-16), and has been nationally-ranked in three seasons, all for first time in school history. The football team has now been bowl eligible for every year of Kraft’s tenure, and marked a record for consecutive postseason appearances.
Both the men’s and women’s basketball programs have made NCAA Tournament appearances under Kraft, with the men’s team winning its first American Athletic Conference Regular Season title (2016), and first regular season title since 2012.
Academically, Temple student-athletes have shined. In 2019, the Owls ranked fourth nationally with a school record APR of 993. Only Notre Dame (999), Northwestern (997), and Stanford (995) fared better. In addition, student-athletes achieved a record 15 consecutive semesters above a 3.0.
Kraft currently serves a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee as well as the Football Competition Committee, while previously was a member of the NCAA Division I Strategic Vision and Planning Committee. In 2016, Kraft was recognized by the Sports Business Journal and by the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 for his work with the Owls.
Prior to Temple, Kraft served two years (2011-13) as the Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to his time at Loyola University Chicago, he was a member of the senior staff at his alma mater, Indiana University, serving as Senior Assistant Director from 2009-11.
Kraft played football as an undergraduate at Indiana and holds three degrees from the University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing/management (2000), a master’s degree in athletic administration (2005), and a doctorate in sports management (2008).
Kraft and his wife, Betsy, reside in Haddonfield, N.J., with their daughter, Annabelle, and son, Joseph.
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