The Reluctant Trailblazer: Pat's Holiday Story
At Holiday Retirement, we believe in the power of our connections to the communities we serve. That’s why we like to spotlight our residents who have blazed a trail in their own backyards and made the world a better place.
Pat Ingram is one of our resident trail blazers who was recently recognized by Holiday Retirement’s Stoneybrook Lodge for her achievements at Oregon State University, the Oregon community and, more broadly, women’s athletics worldwide. Former students, longtime friends and current OSU athletic staff were on hand to celebrate Pat, who moved to Stoneybrook Lodge in March of 2015.
Pat wore many different hats during her time at OSU, from track and field coach to her appointment as the first director of the OSU Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Department.
As track and field coach, she led teams of women to high-profile conference and all-America wins. And she did so in a time when women’s scholarships didn’t exist. Pat and the team had to raise their own travel expenses and could practice on the field only if the men weren’t using it.
Women’s athletics advocates scored a big victory in Pat’s appointment to director of the OSU Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Department. Title IX had recently passed, opening the door to more opportunities for female athletes to compete on the collegiate level. As director, Pat was instrumental in laying the foundation for the future growth of OSU women’s athletics program — all while teaching a full course load.
These days, Pat is still a big supporter of women’s basketball at OSU. She takes in as many practices and games as she can. But if you try to praise Pat for being a pioneer, she is quick to share the spotlight.
“I am not a pioneer,” she says, speaking of the athletes and other administrators who advocated for women’s athletics at the time. “It was a group effort.”