Learn more about Patricia H. Meiser, President of Meiser Sports Consulting, a recognized veteran in the sports industry. She recently retired as the director of athletics and special assistant to the president at the University of Hartford after leading the Hartford Hawks program for 21 years. She has mentored many professionals now performing in today's marketplace and is regularly sought after to speak on topics of leadership, program development and community engagement.
Under her leadership, eight Hartford sports teams won America East™ Conference championships and either reached the NCAA® Division I tournament or national postseason play. The women’s basketball team has reached postseason play 10 times, while the men’s team recently posted the most wins in back-to-back season (2012-2014) and earned its first postseason berth in 2013. The Hawks have also won 4 America East Academic Cups and most recently have won three straight titles - 2012, 2013 and 2014.
One of the hallmarks of her tenure was the completion of the Hartford Home Field Advantage Campaign which resulted in the construction of new Baseball and Softball fields as well as the renovation of Alumni Stadium with expanded seating and concession stands for lacrosse and soccer.
Meiser's leadership is unparalleled in the state of Connecticut. She has been a 20 year Board member of the state's convention and tourism board CTCSB and serves as the 2014 chair of the CTSAB, Connecticut Sports Advisory Board. She is active in the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame and in 2007 co-chaired the organization's 35th celebration gala of Title IX, bringing over 400 of Connecticut's top female athletes together. She also serves as a 2014 board member of the region's United Way and NCCJ - National Conference on Community and Justice.
Meiser's awards are numerous and distinguished. In 2014 she was honored by her professional colleagues as the first and only female to receive the NACDA Gary Cunningham Award for athletics administrative excellence. She is a two-time NACDA I-AAA Athletics Director of the Year, Northeast Region (2006 and 2009) and a 2014 NACWAA - National Association of Collegiate Women in Athletics Administration - Administrator of the Year.
Meiser has fostered a culture of collegiate athletics based on excellence, integrity, and a balanced student-athlete experience. Her leadership at the University of Hartford has been marked by a commitment to NCAA rules compliance, fiscal conservatism, and increased visibility through corporate partnership, community engagement, and athletic success.
Prior to her arrival at Hartford, Meiser spent 11 years at the University of Connecticut where she served as the associate athletics director and senior women's administrator from 1983 to 1993. During the 11 year tenure UConn sport programs rose from the bottom of the Big East™ Conference to regional and national prominence. She remained the consistent administrator in a decade of change in both director and presidential leadership.
Prior to UConn, Meiser led the Penn State Lady Lions women's basketball to a 92-55 overall record and was a finalist for the Wade Trophy Coach of the Year in 1978. She awarded the first women's basketball scholarship in 1974 and coached the East team to a gold medal in the 1979 National Sports Festival.