Washington State Cougars Coaching Staff Visits Pasadena Before Facing Trojans in Coliseum Tonight

Published : Friday, September 21, 2018 | 4:40 AM

Washington State University Athletic Director Patrick Chun will be leading Friday’s guests at the Pasadena Quarterbacks weekly meeting at the University Club, at 175 N. Oakland Avenue in Pasadena. Cougar radio personalities Matt Chazanow and Alex Brink, former WSU quarterback, are with Chun on the panel.

Coach Chris Williams of the Monrovia High School Wildcats, who is in his first season after spending the past few years as an assistant at Northview High School, will also be guest at the meeting. Monrovia has a bye week before opening Rio Hondo League action next Friday against rival Temple City.

Chun, 43, is the first Asian-American athletic director to lead a Power 5 school and continues WSU President Kirk Schulz’s drive to diversify his senior leadership team.

Before coming to Washington State, Chun spent five years and a half leading Florida Atlantic University athletics, and before that did multiple roles at Ohio State University, from 1997 through 2012, culminating as the executive associate athletics director.

At Florida Atlantic, Chun guided the Owls to unprecedented successes across academics, athletics, student-athlete development and fundraising. His top priority at FAU was academics; entering the 2017-18 academic year, FAU student-athletes had posted a combined GPA above 3.0 for each of the past four semesters, a first in school history.

Under Chun’s leadership, FAU athletics won multiple championships, individual and team, and numerous national and conference awards. Owls’ football won its final 10 games of 2017 to finish 11-3 with a bowl victory over Akron while receiving votes in the final national poll.

Entering the 2017-18 academic year, FAU athletics posted an overall winning record the previous three years while women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, beach volleyball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, baseball and softball have either won conference championships, been ranked highest in school history or finished with winning seasons. The men’s and women’s diving teams, women’s track and field and cross country programs produced conference champions along with all-conference honorees.

Chun has also earned a reputation as an outstanding fundraiser with record successes. During his term, FAU announced the largest single gift in its history: $16 million from the Schmidt Family Foundation. In addition to the naming rights gift, two separate $5 million naming gifts were included in the project for a sports medicine center and academic center. Construction began in the fall of 2017.

Chun spent 15 years at Ohio State, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He was promoted six times in the Department of Athletics, until he became Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Relations.

Chun provided leadership and oversight for all facets of the external relations division from 2009 through 2012, when FAU raised $122 million. Chun also was a lead member of the athletics department senior team that authored the then-largest multimedia rights deal in intercollegiate athletics history: a 10-year, $128 million partnership with IMG College in 2009.

A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Chun earned a master’s degree from Duquesne University. He and his wife, Natalie, also an Ohio State alumna, have three daughters – Vanna, Kennedy and Gretta.

Pasadena Quarterback Meetings are held each Friday at the University Club. Parking is available on the street (two hours) or free valet parking in the adjacent lot.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at 12:00 p.m. The lunch price is $25 for Basic Members and $30 for guests. Please RSVP for all members and guests.

Please note that your RSVP provides a headcount for food service. It does not reserve or guarantee a selected table or place at a table. The only reserved tables are for: Gold Club Members (members only; does not include guests) Past Presidents, Speakers and their guests.

For more information, visit www.pasadenaquarterbacks.org.

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