Former IU football player Patrick Kraft will assume the role of Penn State Director of Athletics on July 1.
Kraft has a 15-year career in intercollegiate athletics that includes leadership roles at Boston College, Temple University, Loyola University Chicago and IU. He was widely thought to be in the running to replace Fred Glass at Indiana in 2020.
“This is a special opportunity, and I am incredibly honored to join Penn State’s best-in-class athletics program,” Kraft said in a Penn State release.
Kraft was a senior assistant athletic director for marketing at IU, and he played football for the Hoosiers from 1997 to 1999 under head coach Cam Cameron. The linebacker wore No. 47 and started his career as a walk-on before earning a scholarship before his final season in Bloomington.
Originally from Illinois, Kraft earned a bachelor’s degree in sport marketing management, master’s degree in sport marketing administration and doctoral degree in sport management, all from Indiana University.
He also was an associate instructor in sport marketing and sport management at IU early in his career.
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