Kim Pate's tenure as director of athletics at Lenoir-Rhyne University just passed the three-year mark. It's been a period marked by success.
Over the past two years, Lenoir-Rhyne has won six South Atlantic Conference Championships and sent 11 teams/individuals on to NCAA competition.
Pate has now been selected to be an officer on the Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) Board of Directors as the third Vice President. Additionally, Pate will serve on the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee, according to a press release from the university.
Pate also served for three years as a mentor in the D2ADA Women's and Minorities Mentorship Program. Pate's experience also includes over six years of active involvement on numerous national athletic committees and organizations. She has served as a representative on the NCAA Division II Legislative Committee, Chair of the NCAA Division II Interpretation Subcommittee, Vice Chair of the NCAA Division II Membership Committee as well as a member of the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Design Team.
In her time at the university, Pate has brought dynamic growth to Hickory, a release from the school said. The most recent example would be the announcement and fundraising of a $3 million state-of-the-art facility addition named in honor of former Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Executive Director of the Bears Club Neill McGeachy. The facility, which will open later this summer, will feature 14,000 square feet of new and enhanced multiuse training space, a weight room, nutrition bar and indoor turf training area as well as dedicated team meeting space, and a covered pavilion for Bears Club hospitality that will also serve as a student-athlete and team engagement space.
In her time, athletic facilities also experienced marked improvement with the renovation of Shuford Memorial Gym Lobby, the addition of air conditioning in Shuford Gym, Moretz Gym, and numerous locker rooms. Additionally, a video board was installed at the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball field which included a sound system. Another notable upgrade was the addition of grandstands at the Moretz Sports Complex as well as a brand new Mondo Track which was completed in the fall, the release stated.