Pat Croce is entrepreneur, sports team executive and owner, author, and TV personality. He attended West Chester University and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in 1977.
He began his career as a physical therapist. He was a physical conditioning and rehabilitation coach for the Philadelphia Flyers, as well as an administrative director of the Sports Medicine Clinic of Haverford Community Hospital. Later on, Croce was hired as an athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers, originally hired to help bulk up their younger players. He would go on to found Sports Physical Therapists in 1984 and grew the business into a chain of 40 centers spanning 11 states before selling it in 1993 for $40 million. He became president of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team in 1996 as part of a group led by Flyers founder Ed Snider and Comcast that bought the team. Under their ownership, the Sixers went from last place in 1996 to the NBA Finals in 2001.
Since leaving the 76ers, Croce was a television commentator on the NBA on NBC and was a taekwondo commentator for the 2004 Summer Olympics. Croce owns and operates the Colonial Quarter living-history museum in Florida and has authored 10 plus books.