Dirk Katstra is in his 17th year as executive director of the Virginia Athletics Foundation and his ninth year as associate athletics director for external affairs with the athletics department.
In June 2004, Katstra was named Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) in recognition of his outstanding leadership and success in fundraising on behalf of Virginia athletics. In June 2012, he was named to the executive committee of NAADD for a your-year term.
The annual campaign supports student athletes in all 25 sports programs in the form of scholarships, summer school, academic affairs and operational costs. The foundation is also responsible for all fund raising efforts for endowments for scholarships and operating costs. In addition, the foundation is responsible for supporting all fund raising efforts in the area of capital projects, including the new track and field facility, the recent $4 million expansion to Davenport Field and the John Paul Jones Arena, UVa's $129 million basketball arena and special events center, which opened in July 2006. Currently Katstra is spearheading fund raising efforts for the $13 million indoor football practice facility scheduled for completion in 2013.
As associate director for external affairs, Katstra oversees the long-range planning and daily operations for media relations, sports publications, and the ticket office. From 1992 to 1996, Katstra served as director of annual giving for the Foundation.
A native of Stilwell, Kan., Katstra is a 1991 graduate of UVa with a degree in sport management. A member of the Cavalier basketball team from 1987 to 1991, Katstra played on three NCAA Tournament teams and was a senior captain on the 1990-91 squad.
Before joining the Virginia Athletics Foundation staff in 1992, Katstra served an internship with the athletics department's promotions and marketing office, and had administrative responsibilities with the men's basketball program.
Katstra is married to the former Michelle Massie of Charlottesville. The couple has two sons, Austin and Ryan, and daughter, Ryleigh. Katstra's father, the late Richard Katstra, lettered as a member of the UVa basketball team in 1963 and 1964.