University athletic officials announced today that John Pate will be stepping
down from his position as Hamline’s head football coach. Pate has been coach of
the Hamline Pipers for the past two seasons.
“John has been a hardworking and dedicated leader of football here at Hamline.
We extend our best wishes to John as he pursues new opportunities,” said Jason
Verdugo, athletic director at Hamline University. “Looking ahead, I am excited
about the potential for developing a strong football program. Our
student-athletes are eager and committed, and our coaches and staff are skilled
and dedicated. I believe there is great promise for growing a robust and
competitive football team.”
Prior to Hamline, Pate twice served on the
staff at Georgia Southern, first from 1985-89 and then again from 1996-2005.
Pate’s roles ranged from defensive line coach to associate head coach, and he
spent more than 12 years as the recruiting coordinator with the Eagles. His
teams won NCAA Division I-AA (now the NCAA Division I Football Championship
Subdivision) national championships in 1985, 1986, 1989, 1999, and 2000. Pate
also coached in the title games in 1988 and 1998.
Hamline’s football team’s 2012 season record is 1-8, with one game
University belongs to the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference, one of the most competitive conferences in the nation. Hamline
supports 19 intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women.
search for a new head football coach will begin immediately.
and innovation in teaching and learning are the hallmark of Hamline University—home
to more than 5,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students. At Hamline,
students collaborate with professors invested in their success. They are
challenged in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in local
and global contexts, while cultivating an ethic of civic responsibility, social
justice, and inclusive leadership and service.
is the top-ranked university of its class in Minnesota, according to U.S. News & World Report. Founded in
1854, Hamline also is Minnesota’s first university and among the first
coeducational institutions in the nation.