Keenan-Kirkpatrick Named Lafayette Associate Director of Athletics

Aug. 7, 2002

EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, who has spent the past six years as the associate director of athletics at Kutztown University, has been named associate director of athletics at Lafayette College, it was announced Wednesday by Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon.

Keenan-Kirkpatrick will assist with all administrative aspects of Lafayette's 23-sport Division I athletics program. The position serves as the NCAA compliance coordinator and senior women's administrator with responsibilities for specific sports programs, student services and personnel administration.

"We are very excited and fortunate to have Kim join our staff," McCutcheon said. "She will be a key member of our athletics management team who will make a significant impact on the quality of our program and the lives of our students."

In her role as associate athletic director at Kutztown, Keenan-Kirkpatrick assisted in compliance and budget work and was responsible for approving team schedules and preparing game contracts. She also coordinated all team travel and facility usage.

Keenan-Kirkpatrick stepped into Kutztown's top athletic position from January to June of 2002, serving as the interim director of athletics while the director of athletics was on a sabbatical. She was responsible for the general oversight of the athletic department, including all budgetary and personnel issues.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to become a part of Lafayette's athletic department and the college community as a whole," Keenan-Kirkpatrick said. "Lafayette has a tremendous reputation not only for its academics, but also for the tradition of its athletic program. I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead."

In 1994-95, Keenan-Kirkpatrick served as the athletic business manager at Drew University, her first experience in athletic administration. At the same time, she worked as the head men's and women's cross country coach at Drew.

Keenan-Kirkpatrick is a 1989 graduate of Kent State University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Pre Law. She was a standout athlete for four seasons as a member of the cross country and track and field teams. Keenan-Kirkpatrick was named the Mid American Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1988-89, the same season that she served as a team captain.

She completed her juris doctorate degree from Seton Hall Law School in 1993 and worked as a law clerk and attorney in 1992-93 at O'Toole and Couch in her hometown of Whippany, N.J. Keenan-Kirkpatrick followed that with time as an associate attorney at the firm of DiVenuta and Stanley in Mendham, N.J.

She currently resides in Pittstown, N.J. with her husband Brian and her daughter Libbie. Keenan-Kirkpatrick, who begins working at Lafayette on Aug. 12, replaces Pat Fisher who retired in May.