Boston College hired Temple Athlete Director Patrick Kraft as it’s new athletic director on Wednesday. Kraft did a tremendous of helping turn the Temple football program around by working with Matt Rhule and hiring his replacement in Geoff Collins. After Collins left for Georgia Tech, Kraft hired Rod Carey who was successful at Northern Illinois and went 8-5 in his first season at the helm.
Boston College signaled that it is serious about competing at the national level as a program when they hired Jeff Hafley in December. It was imperative that they hired someone with experience in helping a football program develop to replace the departed Martin Jarmond. Kraft is clearly the right choice.
Kraft brings a plethora of experience to the position. He played football at Indiana so he understand the importance of a competitive football program nationally. He also has experience working at a Jesuit institution from his time at Loyola University of Chicago where he served as associate athletic director. Kraft has multiple degrees including his doctorate.
The resume and experience is evident but perhaps Kraft’s biggest strength and what made him so appealing to Boston College is his ability to fundraise. When it comes to raising money, Kraft has been called “rock star” in the athletic world. He knows how to connect with the alumni and supporters and he knows how to get them to commit to the program financially. That’s important.
Kraft’s predecessor Martin Jarmond raised the bar at Boston College. Jarmond wanted Boston College football to become a national program program again. That is why he hired Hafley. He left the program in a good place. A place where Kraft and Hafley can build on and take the program to the next level.
Both men know what it takes to build a successful football program and they are committed to doing that at Boston College. Time will tell if Hafley and Kraft are the right people to do it. Their relationship will be the key to whether or not Boston College