Hugh Vernon Richter (born September 9, 1941 in Madison, Wisconsin) is the former University of Wisconsin-Madison athletic director and American football player. He was responsible for hiring Barry Alvarez from Notre Dame in 1990 as head football coach, restoring the Badgers football program to national prominence.
Richter was one of Wisconsin's most-storied student-athletes. He was a nine-time letterwinner (the last person to earn such a distinction in school history), lettering three times each in football, basketball and baseball. He was also an All-American tight end twice. Richter set a Rose Bowl record with 11 catches for 163 yards in the 1963 game vs. No. 1-rated USC Trojans.
Richter returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison as athletic director in 1989 after 17 years service as Vice President of Personnel at Oscar Mayer Foods Corp., recruited by then-chancellor Donna Shalala. He inherited a program in disarray, with outmoded facilities, struggling teams, and a deficit of $2.1 million.
He made a priority of modernizing the University's sports facilities, including construction of the Kohl Center and renovations to Camp Randall Stadium. He reversed the financial fortunes of the department, erasing the deficit and building a budget reserve of $6.4 million.
Richter is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Academic All-America Hall of Fame, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. He was named to Sports Illustrated's NCAA Football All-Century Team.
Pat Richter is a member of The Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison twice honored Richter during the 2006 football season. On 4 November, his number 88 was retired in a ceremony during that day's football game. On 17 November a bronze statue of Richter was unveiled in the Kellner Hall plaza immediately outside Camp Randall Stadium.
LUCRATIVE RETIREMENT AWAITS PAT RICHTER WILL WORK AS A CONSULTANT FOR THE NATIONAL W CLUB ONCE HE STEPS DOWN.(SPORTS)(SERIES: The Richter Years)
Mar 06, 2004; Byline: Andy Baggot Wisconsin State Journal As soon as Pat Richter retires as University of Wisconsin athletic director April1,...
PARTY HONORS UW'S ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SHALALA CALLS HIS HIRING `HIGH GAIN' A FESTIVE FAREWELL FOR PAT RICHTER.(FRONT)
Mar 03, 2004; Byline: Judith Davidoff The Capital Times When she interviewed for the top job at the University of Miami, former UW-Madison...