Sue Lister | October 9, 2015
A member of the University of Notre Dame 1988 national championship football team and his wife have made a $3 million gift to endow the football team’s defensive backs coaching position. It is the first endowed assistant coach position at the University.
Pat and Jana Eilers of Winnetka, Illinois, made the gift to his alma mater, joining previous gifts to endow an engineering fellowship in the ND Energy Center, the Cavanaugh Council and theJoyce Football Grant-in-Aid Program. This latest gift will underwrite the salary of the defensive backs assistant coach, provide stability and resources for the long term and create funds for use within the department and across campus.
“Pat epitomizes everything that Notre Dame Athletics stands for. A star in the classroom and on the field while at Notre Dame, Pat translated the lessons learned here into success as a professional football player, businessman, family man and community leader,” said Jack Swarbrick, University vice president and the James E. Rohr Director of Athletics. “This extraordinary gift is just one of many ways in which Pat and Jana continue to give back to Notre Dame. I have not met anyone who believes more strongly in value of intercollegiate athletics and the role it can play in educating young people; we are very fortunate to count Pat and Jana among the members of the Notre Dame Family.”