Queens Photo scaled 1Queens University of Charlotte has selected Kurt Patberg of Athletics Staffing and Consultants to conduct its search for its new Director of Athletics and in doing so, it somewhat completes a full circle of involvement in NCAA Division II for Patberg.

When Patberg’s administrative career began in 1982, it did so at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne when he was hired in his first full-time athletic administrative position following his graduation from the Ohio University Sports Administration program. IPFW had just recently made a move into Division II at the time.

Fast forward 30 plus years in the collegiate sports business which has included several other career opportunities in Division II, including nearly ten years as commissioner of two NCAA Division II leagues; the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and Patberg still finds himself heavily involved in NCAA Division II.

Patberg, in his consulting role, has numerous Division II clients and does work that includes national association and conference transitions, strategic planning, expansion, career development and searches. Patberg has completed over 12 searches in Division II in the past year including four current active Division II searches. Such searches have included athletic director positions at Lincoln Memorial University, Texas A & M Commerce, and South Dakota Tech. Commissioner searches include the Lone Star Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. ASC has also conducted a multitude of other Division II Associate AD searches over the past year.  

Further completing this circle is that Patberg’s oldest son is a freshman NCAA DII student-athlete at Queens University, the school that Patberg has been provided the opportunity to service in their pursuits of a new Director of Athletics.

NCAA Division II has clearly been a major part of Patberg’s professional and personal life and there appears to be no reason to think that it will not continue to be a major influence in his life moving forward.   

"By using their [ASC's] knowledge to get to our short list of candidates that fit what we sought in an athletic director, we easily spent half the amount of time that is normally required in a search like this.   Additionally, they enhanced the pool of by bringing several qualified candidates to the finalist list.  Showing that they know talent, two of the individuals that they sought out, and applied to our position, were hired by and are current NCAA Division II AD’s.  Our search finished with securing a quality hire.  If our institution ever needed to conduct a search for an athletic director, we would without question use the services of ASC."

Kelli Shuman
Director, Human Resources

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology