Sandy Hatfield Clubb says she found the right place to become a director of athletics. After spending 16 years on the staff at Arizona State, Hatfield Clubb was introduced today as the 16th AD at Drake University and says the goals of the school match her own.
Hatfield Clubb says intercollegiate athletics provides “an unbelievable platform for comprehensive excellence to allow students to push themselves and learn more about their human potential than they would otherwise have an opportunity to.”
Hatfield Clubb says some of the problem is that athletes are allowed to leave that push to learn on the court or field, and she says Drake University does not do that. Hatfield Clubb says Drake does a good job of melding athletics with academics, with a wonderful vision for athletics. Hatfield Clubb says there’s a clear message sent that the university is about raising world class leaders.
Hatfield Clubb becomes the first woman to run the athletic department at Drake but she does not feel her gender will be an issue. She says she’s never run into any difficulties with coaches, donors or the public in 16 years in athletics because of her gender. She will take over on August first.