Holy Cross Athletic Director Pine Steps Down, Takes Job at Air Force Academy

Friday, December 14, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Nathan Pine
Holy Cross Athletic Director Nathan Pine is stepping down from his position to take the same job with the United States Air Force Academy.

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.

About Pine

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.

  • 10.

    March 1, 1975

    Holy Cross vs Army - The final game at the Worcester Auditorium

    Holy Cross beat Army 89-73 in the final game at the Worcester Auditorium. 

    The Crusaders were coached by George Blaney and went 229-64 in the building all-time. 

    PHOTO: Tunnelbug/flickr

  • 9.

    Feb, 14, 2001 

    Holy Cross vs Navy 

    Holy Cross clinches the programs first ever Patriot League Regular season title beating Navy 77-67 on the road. 

    Josh Sankes led Holy Cross that season. 

  • 8.

    March 9, 2001

    Holy Cross vs. Navy - Patriot League Championship

    Holy Cross beats Navy 68-64 in overtime to win the Patriot League Championship. 

    Ralph Willard was the head coach.

    PHOTO: College Hoop Hits

  • 7.

    March 9, 2007

    Bucknell vs Holy Cross - Patriot League Championship 

    The Crusaders hosted the Patriot League Championship game at the Hart Center and defeated Bucknell 74-66.

    Keith Simmons led Holy Cross in the game.

    PHOTO: Wikipedia 

  • 6.

    March 10, 1993 

    Holy Cross vs Bucknell - Patriot League Championship 

    The Crusaders won their first Patriot league title beating Bucknell 98-73.

    Rob Feaster was named tournament MVP after pouring in 66 points and recording 9 steals in three games. 

  • 5.

    March 5, 1977 

    Holy Cross vs. #8 Providence in ECAC Championship 

    Holy Cross defeated Providence 68-67 on a buzzer beater by Chris Potter to win ECAC Championship and advance to NCAA Tournament for first time in 21 years. 

  • 4.

    Feb 17, 1990

    Holy Cross vs. Army MAAC North Championship game

    Holy Cross rolled Army 86-68 and clinched the MAAC North title.

    The title was the program's first conference championship. 

    Dwight Pernell led Holy Cross with 22 points in the game. 

  • 3.

    March 13,1977

     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. 

  • 2.

    March 13,1954  

    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.

    PHOTO: Goholycross.com

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