Dena Freeman-Patton named Deputy AD/Chief Operating Officer at UNO

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Dena Freeman-Patton

NEW ORLEANS – University of New Orleans Director of Athletics Tim Duncan announced the hiring of Dena Freeman-Patton as Deputy Athletic Director and Chief Operating Officer. Freeman-Patton joins the Privateers after six years as CSU Bakersfield Deputy Athletics Director.

Named 2018 Administrator of the Year by Women Leaders in College Sports, Freeman-Patton was responsible for the day-to-day operations and served as sport administrator for women’s basketball, baseball, men’s soccer, softball, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving, while also overseeing strength and conditioning, sports medicine, compliance and the center for student success. She also created and oversaw CSUB’s first-ever Varsity Club.

“I am thrilled Dena has chosen to join the University of New Orleans as the Deputy AD and COO,” said Duncan. “She is one of the most complete administrators within our industry because of her tremendous work ethic, extensive athletics acumen, and superb relationship building skills. Dena is a future Director of Athletics and my hope is that we can help her achieve our goal for her in the timing that best suits her career. She will immediately elevate the trajectory of Privateer Athletics!”

At UNO, Freeman-Patton will be a key member of the executive staff and oversee facilities, capital projects, equipment room, sports medicine, and athletic training. She will also be the sport administrator for men’s basketball.

“I am honored to join Tim Duncan’s staff as Deputy Athletic Director and to become a member of a thriving university under the leadership of President Nicklow,” said Freeman-Patton. “I look forward to building relationships with the coaches, student-athletes, staff, and community.”

Freeman-Patton led the efforts to secure an $870,000 NCAA Accelerated Academic Success Program grant that contributed to the opening of the $1 million Kegley Center for Student Success. Assisting in the operational oversight of 16 sports, Freeman-Patton led the development and facilitation of the department strategic plan.

She was integral in the renovation and construction of the Kegley Center for Student Success. She also assisted in with the softball and weight room facility improvements, locker room renovations for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and soccer field maintenance and baseball stadium renovations. In doing so, Freeman-Patton was pivotal in garnering $300,000 in capital fundraising for softball facility and $75,000 for sports medicine and swimming and diving.

Freeman-Patton served on the Roadrunner Scholarship Fund Board that raised $833,852 during the 2018-19 fiscal year, an increase of nearly 140% since 2012-13

She received the 2018 ShePower “SheEducates” award for her contributions at CSUB and the Bakersfield community. An active member of Women Leaders in College Sports, Vice-Chair of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee (MOIC) and Board Member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA), Freeman is on the Board of Advisors for the Emerging Administrators Academy.

An athletic administrator for over 20 years, Freeman-Patton was the associate athletic director at Georgia State University (2007-13), associate director of academics and career development at the University of Maryland (2005-07) and academic coordinator at North Carolina State University (2002-05).

Freeman-Patton lettered as a basketball student-athlete at Liberty University, earning a bachelor’s degree in sports management in 1996. She received a master’s in sports administration from Georgia State in 1999. She is a Baltimore native and three-sport alum of Lake Clifton High School.

Freeman-Patton is a member of The Links Incorporated and mother of one son, Cameron.

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