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Meet The Director - Patrick Elliott
A unifying leader steering Binghamton athletics in the school’s second decade of NCAA Division I membership, Patrick Elliott will mark his fourth year as Director of Athletics in 2014-15.
Elliott was introduced as Binghamton’s director of athletics on October 6, 2011 and began his appointment on November 14. He is the third AD during the school’s Division I tenure and seventh overall in 67 years.
“It’s a privilege for me to work with such outstanding students, coaches and staff at a world-class institution,” Elliott said. “We also are fortunate to have community support as strong as any in the country. Now as an established NCAA Division I program, our department continues to strive to win conference championships and grow the Binghamton brand. We want to create national exposure for our accomplishments in both the athletics and academics realms and all the while, continue to be a source of pride for the University.”
During his three years, Binghamton athletics has seen pivotal growth across several facets: enhanced facilities, expanded scope of student-athlete services, record-setting academic achievement, increased exposure through digital content and a groundswell of school spirit centered around BU’s sports teams.
Elliott has presided over the completion and dedication of three dynamic outdoor facilities – the tennis complex and baseball and softball stadiums.
In the academic arena, Binghamton has raised its lofty standards under Elliott’s watch. In five of the last six semesters, BU’s student-athletes have achieved a 3.1 or higher grade-point average and the Bearcats have produced the most America East spring semester Honor Roll recipients for three consecutive years. Eight America East Scholar-Athletes (one chosen per sport) and 88 America East All-Academic selections have come since Elliott arrived.
Since Elliott’s arrival, Binghamton has expanded its presence on the Internet with enhanced live streaming of nearly 100 annual events spanning 10 sports. The breadth and quality of BU’s online content continues to grow as Elliott spearheads a cutting-edge mentality with both digital and social media platforms.
Elliott has long been a proponent of student spirit and engagement with athletics and his “Green Day Fridays” theme has spread around campus with the help of Baxter, BU’s highly-visible and energetic mascot. School spirit has skyrocketed, thanks to the athletics-driven message of students and university staff wearing school colors and banding together with pride.
The athletics accolades during his tenure include six conference championship teams, four individual All-Americans and 13 NCAA qualifiers.
Under Elliott’s direction in 2012-13, Binghamton asserted itself with three conference championships, a best-ever finish in the national Director’s Cup (141st out of 345 Division I programs) and an abundance of academic achievements, including a 3.12 student-athlete grade-point average, which was a higher average than the overall student body at the university.
In 2013-14, BU added two more conference championships and was one of just two America East schools to finish among the top-five in the primary measures of success: the America East Academic Cup and the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup.
He has also worked diligently to align BU athletics with competitive and elite conference affiliations. In two sports that fall outside America East sponsorship (wrestling and men’s tennis), Elliott’s professional relationships and track record of collaboration led to membership invitations. The prestigious Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) accepted BU’s wrestling program in 2013 and the equally-strong Mid-American Conference (MAC) welcomed the men’s tennis program in 2014. In addition, the golf program settled into the Big Sky Conference in 2014.
Elliott’s leadership also resulted in Binghamton’s successful bid to host the 2015 and 2016 America East Women’s Basketball Championships at the Events Center. Other conference championships hosted by Binghamton during Elliott’s tenure include the 2012 CAA Wrestling Championship, 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championship, 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track Championship, 2013 America East Softball Championship and 2015 America East Women’s Tennis Championship.
Elliott oversees a department of more than 100 full-time employees and a budget that exceeds $14 million.
Leadership roles outside the department
In addition to his AD position at Binghamton, Elliott assumed two leadership roles beginning in Fall 2012. He was selected to serve as a member of the NCAA Division I Amateurism Cabinet and also began a leadership role within the America East Conference, where he currently serves as chair of the America East Executive Committee. That committee is a six-member group that works with the commissioner on strategic planning, budgeting and operations.
The NCAA Cabinet, a 21-member group, is responsible for all pre- and post-enrollment amateurism issues, including oversight of issues pertaining to the NCAA Eligibility Center, student-athlete likeness issues, and the relationship between college and professional athletes. The Amateurism Cabinet reports to the Division I Leadership Council on policy issues and the Division I Legislative Council on legislative issues. Elliott is in the midst of a four-year appointment on the Cabinet.
Known as a collaborator on campus, Elliott has spearheaded unifying committee involvement throughout his department and others and he has been a contributing member of the Road Map Steering Committee, created by University President Harvey Stenger.
Elliott also serves on the Board of Directors for the Danielle House, a charitable, non-profit organization that provides shelter and emotional support for family members visiting seriously ill patients in Binghamton-area hospitals.
He came to Binghamton from Saint Peter’s College, where he served as that school’s director of athletics for three years.
In his three-year tenure at Saint Peter’s, Elliott spearheaded rapid growth that culminated with the school’s most successful athletics year in 2010-11. He administered an annual budget of $12 million for the school’s 19-sport program that resides in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. In 2010-11, Saint Peter’s produced four conference championship teams, highlighted by the men’s basketball team, which captured the MAAC title, won 20 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament as the No. 14 seed.
In addition to the athletics success, Saint Peter’s had two teams receive NCAA public recognition for their top-10 percent standing in Academic Progress Rate (APR) and more than one-third of the student-athletes achieved a 3.3 or higher GPA during the 2011 spring semester. Buoyed by Elliott’s academic initiatives, the overall student-athlete grade-point average for the fall semester rose to an all-time high of 3.03 and that average climbed to a record 3.1 GPA for the spring.
Prior to arriving at Saint Peter’s, Elliott served six plus years at St. John’s University in the position of senior associate athletics director for finance, planning and operations. He began his administrative career at his alma mater, Seton Hall University, where he served as assistant director of athletics for facilities and operations, and then as associate director of athletics for finance and operations.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in management and industrial relations from Seton Hall in 1989, Elliott joined the department as an assistant men’s basketball coach under P.J. Carlesimo, working with him for five years. While with the Pirates, he helped lead the team to 105 wins and four Big East championships, assisting with recruiting and scouting, and in-game and practice coaching. During that time, he earned a master’s degree in education.
Pat resides in Endicott with his sons Dominick, John and Matthew.