Holy Cross Athletic Director Pine Steps Down, Takes Job at Air Force Academy
Friday, December 14, 2018
He has been the Athletic Director at Holy Cross since 2013.
“It has been an honor to be the Director of Athletics at Holy Cross and to be a part of this Crusader family and Worcester community for the last five years. I am proud of all that we have built together and how athletics on Mount St. James has returned to the tradition that fits its great history. I know the future of Holy Cross is bright and I look forward to watching its progress,” said Pine in a statement.
There will be a national search for Holy Cross’ next director of athletics.
Senior associate athletics director and chief operating officer Brendan Sullivan has been named the interim director of athletics.
During his time in Worcester, Pine led Holy Cross to the highest President’s Cup finish in the Crusaders’ history in two of the last three years. Holy Cross has also seen an unprecedented growth in fundraising over the past five years, receiving two of the largest gifts in College history for athletics projects.
The Crusader Athletics Fund topped $2 million in contributions to the Crusader Athletics Fund for the first time in history in 2016-17, topping the mark again in 2017-18.
Pine has also championed the priority of academics at Holy Cross, with student-athletes achieving at the very highest levels of Division I during his tenure.
In addition to being a consistent national leader in both Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Success Rate, Holy Cross has seen its student-athletes post an average term GPA of 3.10 or higher in each of the last 13 semesters, highlighted by a record 3.26 average GPA in Spring 2018.
Pine is active at the national level and has represented Holy Cross and the Patriot League on the NCAA Division I FCS Athletic Director's Association Executive Committee.
Related Slideshow: 10 Biggest Games in Holy Cross Basketball History
Holy Cross vs Michigan in NCAA Tournament
The game marked Holy Cross' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 seasons.
After leading 72-70 with less than 5 minutes to play, the Crusaders fell 92-81.
Holy Cross was led that season by Ronnie Perry, however, he was injured for this game.
Holy Cross vs Duquesne - NIT Championship game
Holy Cross won the NIT Championship game 71-62 over Duquesne.
The Crusaders were led by Togo Palazzi who was named MVP of the tournament.
Palazzi went as the number one pick in the NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics a couple of months later.
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