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New AD Pat Chun to prioritize fundraising in Seattle area

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President Schulz has even offered up his Seattle condo to Chun

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Washington State’s new Athletic Director Pat Chun has already gotten to work this week, but he hasn’t been on the Palouse. Instead, he’s been familiarizing himself with the west side of the state, meeting with the Cougar faithful and talking to the media.

In an interview with Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times, Chun offered some insight into what his tenure as the AD will look like. Chun told Loh that University President Kirk Schulz has made it clear he wants the athletic director to “maintain a presence” in Seattle.

Regular business trips across the mountains will likely be tied to one main purpose, fundraising. Chun’s background and ability to rake in donations has been talked up since his hiring and the Seattle area is likely the best place to do that. He has not wasted any time since the introductory press conference on Monday.

While it will take time to get a verdict on Chun, the move to hire him from Florida Atlantic is garnering praise from his peers. Jon Wilner of The Mercury News reported Thursday that he spoke to three athletic directors and they had nothing but good things to say.

Cougar fans will have the opportunity to meet Chun, at the upcoming Night with Cougar Football events. Chun will join Mike Leach and other coaches as they talk WSU football and the 2018 recruiting class in multiple locations across the state.

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Athletics:

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WSU athletic director Pat Chun was in Seattle Wednesday, and plans to spend lot of time going back and forth between Pullman and Seattle when he starts his new job.

Football:

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Basketball:

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