Patrick Nero Signs Contract Extension to Remain at GW Through 2020-2021
Fourth-Year AD Seeks to Continue to Bolster GW's National Profile
"When Patrick Nero was hired in 2011, his skills, experience and commitment to excellence, particularly in making the academic success of student athletes a priority, set him apart from an outstanding pool of candidates," said Provost Steven Lerman. "Four years later, Patrick's strategic vision and his efforts to `build champions in the classroom, in competition and in the community' have helped to push GW Athletics further, and our future with him at the helm of our athletics department is bright."
Nero has seen the GW Colonials achieve unprecedented success across GW's 27 intercollegiate athletic programs during his tenure, with nine teams winning championships in their respective sports and eight total conference Coaches of the Year honors over the last four years. In addition, GW Athletics has set all-time program records in terms of cumulative GPAs from student-athletes and community service hours performed, which yielded the Atlantic 10 Conference's Inaugural Assists Challenge Award.
"I am appreciative of the support given to me by university leadership and the GW community," said Nero. "Without the university's support, along with the tireless, hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, administration and alumni, we would not have been able to pursue the many opportunities and achieved the successes that a multitude of our programs have seen. GW Athletics is among the top programs in the Atlantic 10 Conference and the other conferences in which we compete, and we won't rest in our quest to be among the nation's strongest, broad-based athletic departments."
Hired on April 20, 2011, the current Chair of the Atlantic 10 Council of Athletic Directors brought to GW significant experience managing all aspects of NCAA Division I sports.
In February 2012, under Nero's leadership, and with the support and approval of the GW Board of Trustees and university leadership, the Department of Athletics and Recreation released a five-year strategic plan, which articulated the commitment of the university to building and sustaining a world-class department.
Constituents and stakeholders of GW Athletics and Recreation were quick to respond to Nero's vision as George Washington's ticket sales and event attendance have increased during his tenure, while the business community has taken notice as well, demonstrated by several corporate partnerships Nero signed with industry leaders including Nike.
Notably, under Nero's direction, an Athletics Development unit was created and the Buff and Blue Fund was established, which has led to several game-changing gifts to the department that have allowed for major facilities upgrades, the complete renovation of the men's and women's basketball locker rooms into state-of-the-art areas, foreign travel for several teams, and the dedication of the home of GW baseball as Tucker Field at Barcroft Park.
Additionally he's overseen the creation of GW's Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, the formation of the George Washington Athletics Advisory Council, and a mentoring program which pairs student-athletes with successful mentors in their chosen field of study to better prepare them for life beyond college.
Prior to his tenure at GW, Nero served as Commissioner of the America East Conference. While at the America East, he held numerous NCAA leadership roles, including serving on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, NCAA Management Council and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors. He is past chair of the Division I Commissioners Association and the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics, and currently serves on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Issues Committee.
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Nero is a graduate of Providence College.