Sandy Hatfield Clubb
Director of Athletics
Sandy Hatfield Clubb is in her eighth year as director of athletics at Drake University in 2013-14, leading the athletic department through a transformation that impacts all areas of athletics and the student-athlete experience.
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.
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. 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.
The appointment of Hatfield Clubb, who was the senior associate director of athletics and senior women's administrator at Arizona State, further solidified Drake's reputation as a leading institution for the student-athlete experience.
"Sandy Hatfield Clubb has continued to build on the wonderful progress Drake Athletics has achieved through the years," commented Drake President David Maxwell. "She has a national reputation of great success in all facets of athletics administration at a major Division I institution and, at the same time, she has an understanding of and passion for the distinctive role of athletics at Drake University.
"Sandy's focus is on the quality of experience for student-athletes and on the value of recreation and wellness programs for the entire community. With her expertise, passion and considerable interpersonal skills, Sandy has been a model leader for Drake Athletics and a wonderful ambassador for the University as a whole."
Hatfield Clubb's commitment to excellence in both academics and athletics is shown by the strong Missouri Valley Conference and Pioneer Football League performances this past year and the 255 student-athletes who achieved over a 3.0 GPA during the fall 2012 semester.
"Our entire athletics team, inclusive of coaches, staff and administrators, work daily to model the mission of the athletics department," Hatfield Clubb said. "President Maxwell's vision for excellence is well-articulated throughout the campus community. Because of Drake's focus on academic success and the true integration of the student-athletes, our commitment to excellence in athletics can be realized. Drake's coaches and staff are among the best in the country and I enjoy partnering with them to create the Drake experience for our 350 student-athletes."
Hatfield Clubb is the third woman to serve as athletic director at a Missouri Valley Conference school, and is one of 31 women athletic directors at the 347 schools playing NCAA Division I basketball, and the first in 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.
She joined Arizona State in 1990 as a management intern and became assistant to the director of athletics in 1992. She was promoted to assistant director of athletics for student and administrative services in 1996, and in this position created a life skills program for student-athletes that has been recognized nationally as a Program of Excellence.
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.
In her 16 years at Arizona State, Hatfield Clubb had a broad range of experience in all aspects of athletics administration, from direct oversight and administration of intercollegiate programs, compliance and academic support, management, personnel and budget, to fundraising and community relations. She had extensive experience in representing the university as a whole, to alumni, supporters, and the Greater Phoenix community, as well as national organizations and corporations.
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.