CREATED Dec. 5, 2011
MILWAUKEE- Larry Williams will serve as the next vice president and director of athletics, Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., announced today. Williams has been the director of athletics and recreation at the University of Portland since 2004. He will begin at Marquette Jan. 2, 2012, reporting directly to Father Pilarz.
"After personally reviewing and interviewing a highly talented group of applicants and consulting with an outstanding Search Committee, I know that Larry Williams is the right choice to lead Marquette Athletics into its next great chapter," Pilarz said. "In addition to his experience and success as a leader in the world of collegiate sports, he demonstrates a true alignment with the values of a Catholic, Jesuit university, through both his commitment to competition at the elite level and his dedication to the highest ethical, personal and academic standards for our student athletes and for our entire program."
Under Williams' leadership, the Portland Pilots won a NCAA Division I Championship in women's soccer in 2005, and earned top ten finishes in men's cross country and first-ever national rankings in men's basketball, baseball and tennis.
Student athletes have also succeeded in the classroom. Under his direction, the University of Portland has consistently achieved above the NCAA prescribed Academic Progress Report baseline, with nine programs recognized in the last three years for performing in the top 10 percent in the country and individual student athlete awards including a Rhodes Scholar finalist, Fulbright Scholarship winners and numerous Academic All-America and All-Conference recognitions.