Sandy Hatfield Clubb
Director of Athletics
Sandy Hatfield Clubb is in her eighth year as director of athletics at Drake University in 2014-15, leading the athletic department through a transformation that impacts all areas of athletics and the student-athlete experience.
Her vision and leadership has been noted by her peers as she was named a NACDA/Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year in 2014. That same fall, she was invited to participate in a Knight Commission panel on the future of collegiate athletics.
Recognizing Drake University and the Bulldogs' athletic programs as unique and rich in tradition, Hatfield Clubb has dynamically guided the department through the process of developing a long-range strategic plan that seeks a transformational model for developing a culture of excellence and ethics in athletics.
The vision statement that drives this process is: "Drake will be a competitive NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program that cultivates world class leaders in and through an intentional culture of excellence and ethics."
Key to the transformation has been the creation of an athletic department touchstone developed over the course of 2011-12, titled "The Bulldog Way." The purpose of the touchstone is to define the characteristics that make Drake unique in the intercollegiate sports landscape, developing a culture among Drake's coaches, student-athletes and staff that shapes character.
In her tenure as athletic director at Drake, Hatfield Clubb has overseen great success in the classroom and in the field of play, and made a significant impact in the community.
The Bulldogs received the Missouri Valley Conference Academic Award for posting the highest departmental grade point average in the conference during the 2013-14 season. During the 2014 fall semester, 74 percent of Drake's student-athletes recorded a 3.0 or better GPA and 72 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Perhaps no other achievement better illustrates Hatfield Clubb's vision for the student-athlete experience than the Drake football team's May 2011 trip to Tanzania, jointly planned and executed with head football coach Chris Creighton. The team, along with Hatfield Clubb and her family, embarked on a two-week journey that saw the Bulldogs defeat an all-star team from Mexico in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the first game of American football played on the continent of Africa, and the entire travel party engage in three days of service projects and a six-day climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Both the trip, and the 14 months of planning that preceded it, illustrate the scope and vision Hatfield Clubb applies in her approach to directing an intercollegiate athletics program.
In January of 2015, the men's and women's soccer program also left the borders of the country with a two-week trip to Mexico. The academic and cultural endeavor included experiential learning at Monterrey Tec and several soccer games for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Closer to home, that vision includes a major fundraising campaign to build an indoor practice facility to transform the current Drake Fieldhouse, and provide a warmup area both for the annual Drake Relays and future world-class track and field events. Drake has hosted 2011 and 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as well as the 2010 and 2013 US Track & Field Championships.
Hatfield Clubb began her tenure as Drake's athletic director on May 30, 2006, as the 16th athletic director in the school's history, and the first woman to serve as athletic director at an NCAA Division I school in the state of Iowa.
She is active in the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, which strives to enhance collegiate athletics and to promote the growth, leadership and success of women as athletics administrators, professional staff, coaches and student-athletes. She is formerly a member of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Issues Committee and the WBCA Committee on Basketball Issues.
Actively involved in the Des Moines community, Hatfield Clubb serves on the Board of Directors for Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and Character Counts in Iowa. She is formerly a board member for the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau, Meals for the Heartland, the United Way and the Iowa Sports Foundation.
Hatfield Clubb was honored by the Des Moines Business Record as one of the newspaper’s 2010 Women of Influence. She was part of a small group of Iowans, representing Meals from the Heartland that spent six days in 2010 as part of a goodwill trip to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Hatfield Clubb earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas-El Paso. Upon graduation, she was assistant aquatics coach at Washington and Lee University from August 1989 through July 1990.
In 1998 Hatfield Clubb was named associate director of athletics for student and academic services at Arizona State. In 2002 she was promoted to ASU's senior associate director of athletics and served as the senior woman administrator to the Pacific-10 Conference and the NCAA.
Hatfield Clubb and her family make their home in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines, not far from the Drake campus. She and Jeff Clubb, a native of Sigourney, Iowa, have two children, son Tristan and daughter Skyelar.
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