WSU extends AD Pat Chun’s contract through 2026

Washington State University Wsu Athletic Director Ad Pat Chun

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University has extended athletic director Pat Chun’s contract through 2026.

WSU Athletics made the announcement Tuesday.

During Chun’s tenure, Coug sports reached NCAA Championships in six sports, with student-athletes earning 35 All-American certificates, 100 All-Conference and 461 Academic All-Conference selections and five conference champions.

According to the university, Chun was hired as athletic director in 2018—the first Asian American to head athletics for a Power 5 school. Chun was also the first Coug named Under Armour AD of the Year.

“Pat has done an exceptional job of leading our athletics program during the past three years,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “He has proven himself to be one of the nation’s most influential Power 5 athletic directors, guiding Cougar Athletics to success not only in athletic competition, but also in the classroom, in fundraising and in creating innovative programs to benefit the welfare of our student-athletes. Pat personifies the values of Washington State University and we are proud that he is a Coug.”

Chun also serves on the NCAA Division 1 Council, co-chairs the Pac-12 Conference ImPACt Leadership Council, co-founded the Asian American & Pacific Islander Athletics Alliance and is a mentor for the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches.

With Chun at the helm, student-athlete academic performance has exceeded or tied program highs for cumulative GPAs, and fundraising has raked in a record $15 million in 2018, followed by a program-record $27.7 million the following year.

“My family and I are grateful to President Schulz and the Board of Regents for their continued leadership and support,” said Chun. “It is an honor be a part of the WSU family and to serve an extraordinary group of student-athletes who continue to achieve academically and athletically. A culture of excellence has been established by our coaches and staff and we are now poised and positioned to reach new heights in the coming years.”

Chun’s extension sets his base salary at $700,000 with a $50,000 raise every year through the next four years of his contract.