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Patrick Nero
Patrick  Nero

Director of Athletics and Recreation

Alma Mater:
Providence '87


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In his fifth year as Director of Athletics and Recreation at the George Washington University, Patrick Nero has seen the Colonials achieve unprecedented success across GW's 27 intercollegiate, varsity athletic programs during his tenure. In the last four years under Nero, GW Athletics has seen ten teams win championships in their respective sports, with ten more Coach of the Year honors accumulated. Nero directs a staff who oversaw an all-time department record of a 3.2 cumulative GPA among student-athletes, and reached fund-raising milestones that included more than 1,500 donors to the Buff and Blue Fund and a 174% year-over-year increase in attainment in 2014-15. As his first term in DC comes to its end, Nero has GW Athletics poised to enter its next five-year strategic planning process from a position of considerable strength and momentum.

Hired on April 20, 2011, the Chair of the Atlantic 10 Council of Athletic Directors brought to GW significant experience managing all aspects of NCAA Division I sports. The department's success in competition and in the classroom during his tenure has also been mirrored by an outstanding record in the community, as under Nero's guidance, George Washington student-athletes completed over 25,000 hours of voluntary community service in the last three years.

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 for GW Athletics and Recreation which articulates the commitment of the university to building and sustaining a world-class Department of Athletics and Recreation focused on cultivating champions in the classroom, community and in competition.

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 also increased during his tenure, while the business community has taken notice as well, as in the summer of 2015 a multi-year contract extension with Nike was signed. Additionally he's overseen the creation of GW's Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, the formation of the George Washington Athletics National 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 George Washington, Nero served as Commissioner of the America East Conference. As the Chief Executive Officer, he oversaw all facets of the operation of the NCAA Division I Conference, which consists of nine universities participating in 20 sports. 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.

Prior to being named Commissioner of the America East Conference, Nero was the Director of Athletics at the University of Maine. During his tenure at Maine, seven athletics teams qualified for the postseason over a two-year span, including NCAA Championship runner-up men's ice hockey. Eleven of his teams advanced to conference championship games and the University of Maine football team became the first I-AA team to defeat a Southeastern Conference (SEC) team.

Nero served as Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Miami (Fla.) from May of 1996 until March of 2003, where he was responsible for all aspects of external relations, including fundraising, marketing, corporate sponsorships, media relations, licensing and ticket sales. He directed a capital campaign and major gift activities for the department, including a new Convocation Center, a football training facility, a track and soccer stadium, and a baseball stadium renovation.

He also served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Marquette University from 1994 to 1996, Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations at Lamar University from 1992 to 1994, and Director of Athletic Development at Providence College from 1988-1992.

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Nero is a graduate of Providence College.

Patrick Nero Professional Summary
2011 - Director of Athletics, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2005-2011 - Commissioner, America East Conference, Boston, Mass.
2003-2005 - Director of Athletics, University of Maine, Orono, Maine
1996-2003 - Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.
1994-1996 - Assistant Athletic Director for Development, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc.

1992-1994 - Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
1988-1992 - Director of Athletic Development, Providence College, Providence, R.I.
1987-1988 - Fundraising Director, CCS Fundraising Incorporated

1987 - Providence College, Bachelor of Science in American Studies

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