Cory Chapman begins his first year at St. Thomas as Senior Associate Athletic Director, Internal Operations in August 2019. In his role, Chapman will oversee the areas of facility operations, capital projects, event management, championships, special events, intramurals and recreation, equipment services, concessions, and ticket operations.
In addition, Cory will serve as the sport administrator for men’s basketball, men’s and women's soccer, men's and women's golf, and women's hockey.
Chapman comes to St. Thomas from Penn State, where he spent four years as a part of the Nittany Lions staff. Most recently, Cory served as Associate Athletic Director, Facility and Event Operations, where he was responsible for home football gameday operations at Beaver Stadium as well as event management, information technology, athletic grounds, the Penn State golf course, and was the sport administrator for the baseball program.
Chapman managed over 30 full-time staff members, as well as budgets that supported Penn State's 31 varsity athletic programs and 14 athletic facilities. Chapman also managed and facilitated major maintenance and capital projects to enhance and support Nittany Lion student-athletes.
Prior to his time at Penn State, Cory spent six years at another Big Ten institution, the University of Minnesota. Chapman started as the Operations Manager for the inaugural season of TCF Bank Stadium in 2009. After one year in that role, Cory was promoted to be the Director of Williams Arena and the Sports Pavillion before ultimately finishing his time as a Gopher as the Senior Director for Indoor Arenas for two years from 2013 to 2015.
While at Minnesota, Chapman was responsible for overall leadership and the strategic direction of all indoor facilities, as well as facility staff, maintenance, capital projects, programming and special event revenue generation.
Cory began his career in college athletics at Division III Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. While there, Chapman served as the Facility and Event Operations manager for seven years from 2002 to 2009, while also leading the women’s soccer program for the last five seasons beginning in 2004. As head coach, Cory led the Storm to the 2006 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) regular season title and was named the IIAC Coach of the Year.
A native of La Crosse, Wis., Cory holds a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University and a bachelor’s degree from Viterbo University. Chapman played collegiate soccer, beginning his career at Bethany Lutheran College, where he earned second-team All-America honors as a freshman before finishing his playing career at Viterbo.
Chapman and his wife, Lynn, have three children, daughters Maria (15) and Casey (11), and son Charlie (4), and reside in Woodbury.