Steve Patterson, Chief Operating Officer of Sun Devil Athletics and Managing Director of the Sun Devil Sports Group, has been appointed Arizona State University Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director, subject to the approval of the Arizona Board of Regents.
Patterson has had a varied and successful career in sports management. He spent nearly a quarter of a century as an innovative and successful executive in the NFL with the Houston Texans, in the NBA with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, and in professional hockey with the Houston Aeros hockey team. Immediately prior to joining ASU in July 2011, he was the president of Pro Sports Consulting.
He will consolidate his duties as Managing Director of the Sun Devil Sports Group into his new responsibilities.
Patterson replaces Lisa Love, who became Vice President for University Athletics in April 2005. She is leaving ASU to pursue other career opportunities.
“In his time at ASU Steve Patterson has shown a level of sports management expertise rarely seen at the college and university level,” said President Michael M. Crow. “He is the ideal person to build on the foundation Lisa built and to take Sun Devil sports to the next level – to the highest level.
“I wish to thank Lisa for seven years of excellent service. During her tenure here ASU won seven national championships and the academic performance and graduation rates of our student-athletes improved dramatically.”
“I’m excited that Dr. Crow gave me the opportunity to oversee Sun Devil Athletics,” said Patterson. “We expect to have a program that consistently competes for Pac-12 championships, with athletes that graduate, connect and serve our community, and operate with integrity, discipline and respect. It’s time for our men’s basketball and football programs to compete for championships and perform at the same level as our successful spring sports.”