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Dena Freeman-Patton
Deputy Athletics Director

Dena Freeman-Patton servers as Deputy Athletics Director at California State University, Bakersfield. With nearly 19 years of athletic administration experience, she serves on the executive leadership team for the department and is the sport administrator for women's basketball, men’s soccer, softball and men's and women's swimming and diving. Freeman-Patton also oversees all student services areas including the Kegley Center for Student Success, sports medicine, strength and conditioning and the ‘Runner Ready program. She also launched and oversees the first ever ‘Runner Varsity Club.

In addition, Freeman-Patton has hired the first ever Runner Ready Program Coordinator and Tutor Coordinator. She also has made staff improvements in the areas of sports medicine and strength and conditioning. She will oversee CSUB’s first ever nutrition program and lead the efforts for a new drug-testing/education program.

Under her leadership, CSUB has enhanced all areas of academic support and development for student-athletes. Over the past two years CSUB Athletics increased its departmental GPA from 2.87 to 3.06. Freeman-Patton took over a program with six teams below the APR threshold and now boasts APR success with all teams in good standing.  In addition, CSUB has increased its student-athlete graduation success rate from 60% to 71%. CSUB has continued to enhance the services provided to its student-athletes with the assistance of the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program. Freeman-Patton led the efforts to secure this $870,000 grant. With the opening of a new 8000 square foot facility in fall of 2016, CSUB will surely continue its drive toward academic excellence.

Prior to CSUB, Freeman-Patton served on the department’s senior staff and was the sport supervisor for women’s soccer at Georgia State University (2007-2013). Georgia State student-athletes were successful in the classroom under Freeman-Patton’s leadership, earning at least a 3.0 grade-point average for 12 consecutive semesters, and had the highest Graduation Success Rate in the Sun Belt Conference. Student-Athletes at Georgia State also completed a minimum of 5,000 community service hours around Atlanta for four straight years.

She also held positions at North Carolina State University (2002-2005) and the University of Maryland, College Park (2005-2007).

Freeman-Patton is a NACWAA member and 2011 graduate of the NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement, CALS attendee, membership committee member for MOAA and previously served on the Board of Directors for the N4A. Freeman-Patton serves as an instructor and on the Board of Advisors for the Emerging Administrators Academy.

Freeman-Patton lettered in basketball at Liberty University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in sports management in 1996. She added a master’s in sports administration from Georgia State in 1999.

The Baltimore, Md., native and Lake Clifton Alumna is married to Samuel Patton, who works in athletics at Mira Monte High School and has a son, Cameron, who is a student at Centennial High School.

Position: Deputy Athletics Director
Phone: 661-654-2865