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Loyola’s Grace Calhoun named Athletics Director at Penn | The Catch and Shoot

Loyola’s Grace Calhoun named Athletics Director at Penn

Athletic Director Grace Calhoun resigned her position at Loyola (Chicago) to accept a similar position at Penn, Loyola announced Monday. She will remain at Loyola until mid-May.

“Grace has played an instrumental role in the rebirth of the Ramblers’ historic athletics program since joining us in 2011,” Loyola provost John P. Pelissero said in a press release. “She enhanced the integration of intercollegiate athletics into university life and fostered a transformative educational experience for Loyola’s student-athletes. She also successfully spearheaded Loyola’s move to the Missouri Valley Conference last July.”

Loyola will begin a national search for her replacement.

“Penn has a rich history and tradition of athletics few institutions can parallel,” Calhoun said in a statement. “With the vast expansion and improvement of Penn’s athletics facilities under Steve Bilsky and the generous support of alums and friends through the Campaign for Penn Athletics, I am fully confident that all programs are poised to achieve new levels of eminence while enhancing the spirit and excitement of the campus.”

Calhoun previously spent time in athletics departments at Indiana and Dartmouth. In 2009, she won the 2009 Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. Calhoun was also a student-athlete at Brown when she was younger.

“We set out to find a star, and we did,” Penn president Amy Gutmann said in a statement. “In addition to her many outstanding professional accomplishments, Dr. Calhoun’s experience as an Ivy League student and athlete gives her a valuable leg up in understanding the culture at Penn that values student-athletes for their impressive combination of academic and athletic talents, skills and virtues.”

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.


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