Associate Director Of Development
In his 26th year of service with Fighting Illini athletics, Mike Hatfield plays an integral role in the recent and sustained success of the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics fund-raising efforts. His specific responsibilities with the Office of Athletic Development include managing and overseeing the I FUND annual giving program, which directly supports Fighting Illini student-athletes by providing funding for scholarships, academic services and support and a portion of the student-athletic training program... targeting and cultivation of new prospects for annual gifts of $100 to $10,000, along with advancing solicitation strategies for renewing memberships... stewardship activities for the more than 4,500+ active members... and allocation of season tickets for football and men's basketball for I FUND Loyalty Circle members.
Since arriving on campus in 1981, Hatfield has served eight years as Academic Counselor for both the football and men's basketball teams, 10 years as Director of the Athletic Ticket Office, two years as Assistant Director of Development, and in 2001 he was named Associate Director in this same office. Prior to arriving at the University of Illinois, he was athletic ticket manager and head men's and women's cross country coach at Cal State-Fullerton.
A native of Hoopeston, Ill., Hatfield graduated from Parkland College in Champaign and then earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University.
A former wrestler, Hatfield twice defeated the eventual state champion in a high school career that ended at Assembly Hall. He grabbed four state track titles in two years at Parkland. After recovering from knee surgery while at Eastern Illinois, he was a member of the Panther cross country team that won the 1977 NCAA National Championship. In 1979, he earned All-America honors after leading the nation with the No. 1 collegiate division time in the 3000-meter steeplechase, missing the all-time NCAA record by less than one second while setting the EIU school record that remained standing for 26 seasons. In 1997, Hatfield was inducted into the Eastern Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame.
He and his wife Carol ('78 UI alum) have two children, Angie ('03 UI alum) and Nic, and reside in Champaign.
Hatfield can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (217) 333-6595, or by mail at: Office of Athletic Development / Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building / 1700 S. Fourth St. / Champaign, IL 61820.