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Temple hires Pat Kraft as deputy director of athletics

His prior experience includes time at Indiana and Loyola-Chicago.

DR. PAT KRAFT has been named deputy director of athletics at Temple. Kraft previously worked on senior athletic staffs at Indiana and Loyola-Chicago.

Kraft spent the past 2 years as executive senior associate athletics director. He had oversight of all external operations, including marketing, ticketing, media relations and fund-raising. He also was responsible for day-to-day management of the department's more than $12 million budget.

"I want to thank President Neil Theobald and interim athletic director Kevin Clark for this wonderful opportunity," Kraft said in a statement. "My wife Betsy and I are thrilled to be joining the Temple Owls family. It is an honor to be part of such a proud and storied program, and I am excited to play a role in the next great chapter of Temple athletics."

At Indiana, Kraft was responsible for the branding and marketing efforts for all of the Hoosiers' programs, plus season-ticket and single-game ticket sales for football, men's basketball, men's soccer, women's basketball and women's volleyball.

Kraft, a native of Libertyville, Ill., played football at Indiana. He began his career in 2001 as the corporate sponsorship and promotions coordinator with the Chicago Rush, of the Arena Football League. He also spent 3 years as the business development director with United States Synchronized Swimming (2001-04).

"Pat Kraft brings a wealth of knowledge in athletics administration to Temple University," interim director of athletics Kevin Clark said in a statement. "I witnessed firsthand his efforts in branding and marketing Indiana athletics as we served together on IU's athletics senior staff. His business acumen and his ability to engage fan bases will be critical as Temple is poised to enter a new era in its athletics program in 2013-14 with the move to the American Athletic Conference."