Pat Holmes was appointed Reese Carol LaBar Director of the Academic Services for Student-Athletes at Notre Dame in January of 2003. He and his staff provide counseling, guidance and tutoring for more than 700 student-athletes. Holmes serves as the primary counselor for the men's basketball and women's tennis programs.
Prior to his appointment, he was a counselor for five years in the office. During that time, he also worked with the men's swimming, men's tennis, fencing, softball, rowing and football teams.
Under Holmes' direction, Notre Dame student-athletes have achieved unprecedented success. During the past two years, 40 student-athletes have earned Academic All-America recognition. In 2005-06, a school-record 14 Irish athletes earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades, including '06 graduate Chris Quinn who was a first team selection. The 2008-09 school year saw eight student-athletes garner Academic All-America honors, while four individuals were awarded NCAA Postgraduate scholarships, the most ever in an academic year. Holmes received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Notre Dame in 1979.
Following graduation, he served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and taught at the high school level. He then spent eight years as director for the Higher Achievement Program (HAP), a supplemental educational program for gifted students in the poorest neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. His responsibilities included developing and directing HAP's Follow Through Program, which helped place students into academically challenging educational programs and supported them once they were enrolled.
Holmes and his wife, Tish, are the parents of five children - Kelly (a junior at Loyola University in Chicago), Patrick (a Notre Dame sophomore), Christopher, Mary Kate and Kielty.
Former Irish lacrosse player Adam Sargent is in his sixth year as the academic advisor for the Notre Dame hockey team. In addition to his responsibilities with hockey, Sargent also oversees the academic advising duties for football and women's basketball. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in mental health counseling.
A 1999 graduate of Notre Dame with a double major in history and anthropology, Sargent was a member of the lacrosse team from 1994-97. While playing, the Irish won the Great Western Lacrosse League and advanced to the NCAA tournament three times. During the 1997 campaign, Sargent started 12 games, helping Notre Dame to a 9-3 mark. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Sargent is single and resides in South Bend.
Colleen Fitzgerald Ingelsby is in her eighth year at her alma mater and sixth as an academic counselor in Academic Services for Student-Athletes. As a senior academic counselor since 2004, Ingelsby oversees and monitors the academic progress of student-athletes, specifically the football, women's soccer, softball and men's tennis programs.
In her role, she serves as the primary liaison between professors and coaches while also assisting in the development of individual and team academic strategies and goals, class registration, the acquisition of tutors and other support services. The department is also responsible for counseling prospective student-athletes on academics and the support available should they choose to enroll at Notre Dame and keeping the athletics department in compliance with both the University's faculty board on athletics and the NCAA. In addition, Ingelsby is the project coordinator for the office-wide Microsoft Access database and helps to compile and prepare the Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Success Rate reports, which are submitted annually to the NCAA.
Ingelsby graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame in 2001 with a degree in marketing from the Mendoza College of Business, while also earning a minor in public relations from neighboring Saint Mary's College. She then interned with Host Communications and adidas, working closely with the Notre Dame athletics department in both capacities. Ingelsby then spent time as an account executive with Juhl Marketing Communications in South Bend before returning to Notre Dame in Fall 2002, when she worked with the Office of the Board Secretariat. She also spent time working in the marketing department in the Mendoza College of Business before moving to her current post in Academic Services for Student-Athletes.
In June 2007, she married former Irish point guard and current men's basketball assistant coach Martin Ingelsby, also a 2001 Notre Dame graduate. The couple welcomed their first children on December 15, 2009, when Colleen gave birth to twins, William Thomas and Kate Elizabeth. The family resides in South Bend.
Kassen Delano is in her third year on the staff of Academic Services for Student-Athletes at the University of Notre Dame. In her current position as an Academic Counselor and Tutor Coordinator, she works primarily with the rowing team, both men's and women's swimming and diving teams, as well as serves as the Tutor Coordinator for all student-athletes. In addition to her duties in Academic Services, Delano also volunteers as an assistant coach with the Irish women's lacrosse program.
Delano is a 2004 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in marketing from the Mendoza College of Business. A four-time monogram winner while playing for Coach Tracy Coyne, Delano was a standout midfielder/defender for the Irish who ranks third all-time in games played with 62, starting 57 of them. She tallied 50 goals and 17 assists for 67 career points and was a member of two NCAA tournament teams (2002, 2004). She closed her Notre Dame career with a career-high four-point game (3g, 1a) versus Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament, a game that the Irish lost 10-8.
A four-sport standout at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes High School in Alexandria, Va., Delano received varsity letters in soccer, tennis, lacrosse and track.
Before returning to Notre Dame in 2007, Delano worked as the Operations Manager at Velocity Sports Performance in Alexandria, Virginia. At Velocity, Delano handled all aspects of daily business operations, business development and community outreach. Delano became certified as a USA Weightlifting Club Coach and trained athletes through typical Velocity-style workouts, aimed at increasing speed, power and agility. Delano also gave private and group lacrosse lessons, as well as coached for Capital Lacrosse Club, Fort Hunt and Springfield Lacrosse Youth Leagues.
Chad Grotegut joined the staff of Notre Dame's Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes in August 2007. In his current position, he works mainly with the Irish women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's fencing, and men's golf teams.
Grotegut is assigned to monitor the academic perfomance and eligibility status of assigned student-athletes. He also helps his student-athletes create individual learning plans, gauges academic success and oversees components of the freshman academic transition program for student-athletes.
Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, Grotegut worked as an academic program coordinator at Iowa State University from 2000-07, primarily working with football student-athletes.
Grotegut has served as a presenter at the national conference for the National Association of Athletic Academic Advisors and is a member of the National Assocation of Student Personnel Administration.
A native of Postville, Iowa, Grotegut earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from Iowa State University in 2000 and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from ISU in 2003.
Grotegut and his wife, Jennifer, who also is a graduate of Iowa State, reside in South Bend.
Mary Ann Spence
Mary Ann Spence is in her 19th year in Notre Dame's Academic Services Office and ninth serving as the academic counselor for the Irish volleyball team. Spence began her career at Notre Dame teaching first-year composition and still occasionally returns to the classroom to teach.
Spence graduated from Indiana University in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in business. She returned to school at Indiana University-South Bend to earn her master's degree in education in 1988.