BALTIMORE — From throwing out the primary pitch at Camden Yards, to assembly and greeting college students and employees at Morgan State University, Dena Freeman-Patton is making strikes by campus as the primary feminine athletic director in Morgan State’s historical past.

“It was a dream of mine to be an athletic director. I did not know for some time if I wished to be in that seat, the pinnacle seat. I knew I wished to assist scholar athletes most of my life,” Freeman-Patton stated.

She is aware of what they want as a result of she was as soon as a student-athlete. She performed basketball at Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore and faculty hoops at Liberty University in Virginia.

“I’ve needed to stability my teachers with my social life and my athletics. I’ve had accidents. I’ve needed to get help academically from tutors. I believe I’ve been by all of it,” she stated.

After graduating and having a profitable 25 plus yr profession as an administrator to an govt in intercollegiate athletics skilled, Freeman-Patton had a possibility to return dwelling to her mother’s alma mater, Morgan State in 2022.

“When I’d come dwelling to go to, after I was working throughout the nation, I’d come dwelling and drive by the town and each time I’d flip round, I’d see a brand new constructing on Morgan’s campus and I’d say to my mother, okay Morgan’s over there doing one thing,” Freeman-Patton stated.

And Freeman-Patton desires to maintain “doing issues” at Morgan. They’ve added wrestling and acrobatics and tumbling so that they now have 16 completely different sports activities applications with 400 scholar athletes.

“Win championships, develop our services, add to the experiential studying items for our scholar athletes,” she stated.

Like final yr when the Morgan State males’s basketball group went to Belgium and France for a match.

As the primary feminine athletic director within the faculty’s historical past, she’s taking the challenges head on.

“When I used to be employed I needed to ignore a number of the feedback in social media in issues like that have been stated, can she rent a soccer coach? It was the very first thing I needed to do. I employed coach Damon Wilson and so I believe that I did a reasonably good job,” Freeman-Patton defined.

“For me, the problem is actually simply being seen as an athletic director, not only a lady athletic director. I’m pleased with it and proud to be a visible illustration to you girls and younger ladies,” she stated.