Van Alstine has more than 25 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics as a student-athlete, coach and administrator. He most recently was assistant vice president and director of athletics for Western Illinois University’s athletic department. The university’s sports teams compete in NCAA Division I.
Throughout Van Alstine’s 12 year-run overseeing Western Illinois University athletics, the school won 28 conference championships and three Conference Commissioner’s Cups. Additionally, university coaches garnered 28 “Coach of the Year” awards during his tenure.
Prior to Van Alstine’s career at Western Illinois University, he served as senior associate athletics director for external affairs at Ohio University, director of ticket operations at the UW-Madison, and director of athletic services at the University of Maine.
“Dr. Van Alstine’s experience and expertise made him an ideal choice for the position,” said Cardinal Stritch University’s president, James Loftus, Ph.D. “I am highly confidence that he will be a bold and thoughtful leader for our university, helping our student-athletes to excel both on and off the court or field.”
Van Alstine is taking over for Pat Clemens, who is retiring after 17 years at Cardinal Stritch University. At the head of the athletics department, Van Alstine will oversee the school’s 18 men’s and women’s teams, which are part of Division II of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. He will also be responsible for oversight of the school’s intramural leagues and spirit squad.
“I am truly excited to join the Cardinal Stritch University community and lead its athletics department,” he said. “I am very impressed by the passion and leadership of Dr. Loftus, the administrative team, and the coaches, and the overall commitment to student and student-athlete success. It will be an honor and a privilege to follow the successes Pat Clemens has already secured. There is clearly a wonderful opportunity to continue to build on the tradition of both academic and athletic success at Cardinal Stritch University.”