Patterson replaces Love as athletics director

March 28, 2012

Steve Patterson will replace Lisa Love as Arizona State's vice president for athletics and athletics director.

Patterson was hired by ASU last July as chief operating officer of Sun Devil Athletics and managing director of the Sun Devil Sports Group. His hiring is subject to the approval of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Patterson has had a varied career in sports management as an executive with the Houston Texans of the NFL, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA and Houston Aeros mjinor-league hockey team. He will consolidate his duties as managing director of the Sun Devil Sports Group into his new responsibilities.

Love has been vice president for athletics since 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.”

Patterson will continue to manage ASU’s athletic facilities, the business office, marketing and fund-raising operations.  He will play a major role in ASU’s plans to renovate and enhance its major athletic facilities, including Sun Devil Stadium, with the revenue from its new athletic facilities district.

Through legislative authorization from the State of Arizona, ASU has been able to form an athletic facilities district involving some 300 acres of land on its Tempe campus.  As the land is developed commercially, the University can use the revenue stream from ground leases and payments in lieu of property taxes to fund the renovation and enhancement of its existing sports facilities and to build new ones.

As general manager of the Houston Rockets, Patterson was responsible for helping build the 1994 NBA championship team. He also helped bring the Texans franchise and Super Bowl XXXVIII to Houston. In Portland, he served as president of the Trail Blazers.