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Pine Steps Down as Director of Athletics, Named Director of Athletics at Air Force Academy

Holy Cross Athletics   12-13-2018

WORCESTER, Mass. – College of the Holy Cross Director of Athletics Nathan Pine has been named the Director of Athletics at the United States Air Force Academy and will step down from his position at Holy Cross in January, announced President Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. Thursday afternoon.

Pine, who was named the College’s eighth Director of Athletics in December 2013, has revitalized Holy Cross Athletics in his five years at the helm, and was integral to the construction and renovation of the $95-million Luth Athletic Complex capital project while raising the competitive profile of Crusader Athletics.

“Under Nathan's leadership, our athletics program has been elevated to win multiple Patriot League championships and attract new coaching talent that has continued to raise our game,” said Fr. Boroughs. “Most importantly, Nathan accomplished this while maintaining a strong commitment to academics and the mission of the College. During his tenure, the College also saw the transformation of the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex, which has put Holy Cross athletics on a path to be successful years into the future. We are grateful for Nathan's commitment to the College and our mission, and we wish him the very best as he moves on to the next chapter in his professional life.”

During his time in Worcester, Pine has built the athletics program into a leader throughout the region and within the Patriot League, earning the highest President’s Cup finish in the Crusaders’ history in two of the last three years. Holy Cross has also seen an unprecedented growth in fundraising over the past five years, receiving two of the largest gifts in College history for athletics projects. The Crusader Athletics Fund topped $2 million in contributions to the Crusader Athletics Fund for the first time in history in 2016-17, topping the mark again in 2017-18.

Pine has also championed the priority of academics at Holy Cross, with student-athletes achieving at the very highest levels of Division I during his tenure. In addition to being a consistent national leader in both Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Success Rate, Holy Cross has seen its student-athletes post an average term GPA of 3.10 or higher in each of the last 13 semesters, highlighted by a record 3.26 average GPA in Spring 2018.

“It has been an honor to be the Director of Athletics at Holy Cross and to be a part of this Crusader family and Worcester community for the last five years,” said Pine. “I am proud of all that we have built together and how athletics on Mount St. James has returned to the tradition that fits its great history. I know the future of Holy Cross is bright and I look forward to watching its progress.”

Pine is active at the national level and has represented Holy Cross and the Patriot League on the NCAA Division I FCS Athletic Director's Association Executive Committee. He has worked at the league level to maximize the student-athlete experience and generate additional revenue and exposure for the College and the league. He has orchestrated broader regional and national exposure for Holy Cross through television and marketing efforts while also driving significant improvements in branding and alumni outreach.

Senior associate athletics director and chief operating officer Brendan Sullivan has been named the interim director of athletics. Sullivan joined Holy Cross in 2015 as associate director of athletics for finance and business and chief financial officer following a six-year stint as Director of Athletics at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

There will be a national search for Holy Cross’ next director of athletics.

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