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Patrick Britz is currently in his 12th year as the Commissioner of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) after being named the league’s second commissioner in May 2008.
Under Britz’s leadership, the SAC expanded to its largest membership ever with 12 member institutions (will be 13 starting July 1, 2020) as Brevard College became a full-time member in 2008-09, Anderson University (S.C,) joined in 2010-11, and Coker College and Queens University of Charlotte in 2013-14. The University of Virginia's College at Wise joined the league as a full member in July 2019 and Limestone College will join in July 2020. The SAC also expanded from 14 championship sports to 18 in 2013-14 as men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field were added. This number increased to 20 in 2017-18 when the league added men’s and women’s indoor track and field as championship sports. Starting in 2018-19, the SAC also joined Conference Carolinas in co-sponsoring women's field hockey and men's wrestling as championship sports. Britz has also overseen the revision of the conference bylaws and sports policies, as well as the development of two strategic plans.
Britz has led historic achievements in the overall success of SAC athletics in NCAA Championship participation. Wingate claimed the SAC’s first-ever NCAA national championship in men’s soccer in the fall of 2016. Further, in the past six years, SAC teams from six different sports and four different schools have also advanced to the final game of the NCAA Championship – Lenoir-Rhyne football and Carson-Newman men’s soccer in 2013, Catawba baseball in 2015, Lincoln Memorial men’s basketball in 2016, Carson-Newman women’s soccer in 2017, and Lincoln Memorial men's golf in 2019. Finally, SAC schools have won 32 NCAA regional titles in nine sports since 2008-09.
During Britz’s tenure, the league has started a formal compliance review process where an external entity visits each member institution and conducts an in-depth review. The first round of visits was completed in 2011-12 and the next round began in 2015-16. He also developed and implemented a new coaches’ orientation program that started in the fall of 2014.
He has also overseen the enhancement of the conference’s awards program and championship events, providing live video-streaming for most of the finals of the team championships starting in 2010-11. The league also began awarding an Elite 20 award in 2016-17 at each championship to the participating student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA similar to the NCAA’s Elite 90 award. He also secured a title sponsor – Pilot Flying J - for the conference baseball championship for 2016 through 2022, and for the basketball championship for 2019 through 2022.
In addition to Pilot Flying J, Britz has brokered numerous corporate sponsorship agreements including GEICO, Balfour, AstroTurf, Floor Action, Hasty Awards, and Immersion Media. Further, he has maintained long-standing agreements with corporate partners such as Coleman Lew Canny Bowen and McMillan Pazdan Smith. Further, in 2018-19, Britz secured title sponsors - McGriff Insurance and Bob McCloskey Insurance, to award four postgraduate scholarships to SAC student-athletes.
Britz negotiated an agreement with Timmons Arena on the campus of Furman University to host the semifinals and finals of the SAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Conference Tournament through 2022. The contract extension guarantees the continuation of the conference tournament at the same neutral site since 2013. Britz negotiated to have the SAC Baseball Championship take place at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tenn., the home of the AA affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs for 2016 through 2022. In addition, after a 12-year stint at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C., the semifinals and finals of the SAC Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship will move to Matthews (N.C.) Sportsplex, the home of the USL Championship team, Charlotte Independence, starting in 2019.
Prior to joining the SAC, Britz served as the first Director of Division I Intercollegiate Programs for the United Soccer Coaches (USC) from 2005-2008. During his tenure with the USC, Britz was responsible for raising the visibility of men’s and women’s Division I soccer. He played a vital role in the establishment and expansion of the Fox Soccer Channel College Match of the Week, including selling corporate sponsorships. He served as the liaison between the USC and various constituent groups, including the NCAA, Division I men’s and women’s coaches and the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association.
Britz has extensive experience in collegiate administration. He served as the senior associate director of athletics for compliance and administration at Texas Tech University from 2001-2005 and worked for five years in the NCAA national office (1996-2001). He was the assistant director of athletics for compliance and student services at East Tennessee State University for two years (1995-1996) and began his career as assistant commissioner for championships and compliance for the Southern Conference in 1991.
Britz has been highly involved within the NCAA committee structure. From 2009-2013, he served on the Division II Women’s Soccer Committee and was the Division II representative on the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee from 2010-2012. In addition, he was the lone Division II representative on the CCA/NLI Football Recruiting Working Group to evaluate the possibility of an early signing period in the sport of football. While at Texas Tech, Britz served on the Division I Initial-Eligibility Waiver Committee and on the NCAA Athletics Certification Peer Review Committee.
Britz just completed a six-year term on the NCAA Division II Championships Committee and a four-year term on the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel. In 2017-18, he served as the President for the Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association (D2 CCA) and he currently is the chair of two D2 CCA Committees - National Letter of Intent Review Committee and Awards Committee.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of North Carolina Asheville and an MBA in Sports Business from Saint Leo University. While at UNC Asheville, Britz was a four-time academic all-conference selection for the Bulldogs soccer team and graduated as the school’s second all-time leading scorer. Britz was inducted into the UNC Asheville Athletics Hall of Fame in February 2007 and was inducted into the Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Hall of Fame in October 2011. In addition, he is the co-author of the book Athletic Scholarships for Dummies, published in December 2005.
Britz and his wife, Joanna, reside in Fort Mill, S.C. and have two daughters, Emersyn (7) and Delaney (6) and one son, Zach (4).