William H. (Bill) Moos began his duties as Washington State University Director of Athletics April 15, 2010. Moos, a 2004 recipient of the prestigious WSU Alumni Achievement Award, was named athletics director by WSU President Elson S. Floyd Feb. 24, 2010.
Since arriving in Pullman Moos has wasted no time in making his impact felt in Cougar Athletics, spearheading a department-wide rebranding effort with Nike while securing a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College. In addition he gained Regents approval for a $130 million addition and remodel of Martin Stadium, featuring a remodeled press box with luxury seating, including suites, loge boxes and club room. Also included in the project is a state-of-the-art video board and an 80,000-square-foot football operations building which will serve as the stadium’s showpiece and is scheduled to be completed in May, 2014.
As the dean of Pac-12 athletic directors, Moos was at the forefront of the conference’s procurement of a 12-year, $3 billion television contract with FOX and ESPN, a landmark agreement in college athletics. In the three years under Moos’ direction, the Cougar Athletic Fund’s Annual Giving program has seen an 81 percent increase in gifts while CAF donor members have risen from nearly 4,000 to more than 6,000. Additional facility enhancements under Moos include a center hung video board in Beasley Coliseum which was installed prior to the 2011-12 season, giving Cougar Basketball one of the premier fan experiences in the conference. An indoor golf hitting facility was also completed in early 2013.
Moos has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in collegiate athletics, serving as the University of Oregon director of athletics from 1995-2007. While at Oregon he oversaw a 17-sport athletic department that grew to national prominence during his tenure.
Oregon’s annual athletic department budget grew from $18.5 million in his first year to more than $40 million by 2007, becoming 100 percent self-sufficient during that time. Under his direction the Duck Fund donor base increased from 4,930 to 12,290, resulting in an annual gifts increase from $4.1 million to $15.3 million.
Moos initiated more than $160 million in facility improvements while at Oregon. Included in that was the $90 million Autzen Stadium renovation in 2002, which added 12,000 new seats, 32 new suites, a new Club at Autzen and a new press box to the stadium. In his 12 years the Ducks ranked first in Pac-10 football attendance 11 times, reaching 100 percent capacity in each of those seasons.
Additional facility improvements included the opening of the $14.6 million Ed Moshofsky Sports Center and Papé and Kilkenny Fields project, as well as an expansion of the varsity athletic weight room, indoor and outdoor tennis facilities, and renovations to McArthur Court and Hayward Field.
During Moos’ tenure, Oregon athletics captured 13 Pac-10 championships across six different sports. He increased opportunities for women by adding two intercollegiate programs, soccer and lacrosse, and negotiated an all-inclusive shoe and apparel contract with Nike, one of only 14 in the country at the time.
From an academic standpoint during Moos’ tenure, Oregon student-athletes collected 722 academic all-conference selections, 34 Academic All-America selections, nine NCAA post Graduate Scholars and one NCAA Top VIII Award. Moos assumed the duties of director of athletics in July 1995, after five years in the same position at the University of Montana. During his Montana tenure, he created an academic support program and hired its first athletic academic coordinator, developed a facility enhancement plan that created more than $4 million in improvements, and lifted the school’s fund-raising efforts to show a 300 percent increase in private and corporate gifts.
During his Montana tenure (1990-95), he created an academic support program and hired its first athletic academic coordinator, developed a facility enhancement plan that created more than $4 million in improvements, and lifted the school’s fund-raising efforts to show a 300 percent increase in private and corporate gifts.
Academically, Montana student-athletes were equally successful as the athletic department achieved a graduation rate 20 percent higher than the general university enrollment. Under Moos’ watch Montana garnered 269 academic all-conference selections, five Academic All-Americans and two NCAA Post Graduate Scholar winners.
Moos began his athletics career in 1982 as assistant athletics director at Washington State University and also served as the school’s associate director (1988-90). At Washington State, he was director of development for more than five years and associate director for nearly two years, supervising all external operations. Prior to that, he managed and owned private businesses in Washington and Oregon for eight years.
He was a student assistant football coach at Washington State for the 1973 season, then spent part of 1974 in Washington, D.C., serving as a government intern.
Raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Moos attended high school in Olympia when his father served in the governor’s cabinet.
Moos earned his bachelor’s degree in history from WSU and was a three-year letterman in football before concluding his collegiate career by representing Washington State in the 1972 East-West Shrine all-star game in San Francisco. He served as co-captain on the Cougars’ 1972 squad and garnered All-Pac-8 Conference First Team honors.
Moos and his wife Kendra have three daughters: Christa, Brittany and Kaiti; and two sons, Bo and Benjamin.