Washington State University Athletics Director Bill Moos
News Conference Podcast
William H. (Bill) Moos began his duties as Washington State University Athletics Director April 15, 2010.
Moos, a WSU Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient and former athletics director at the University of Montana and the University of Oregon, was named athletics director by WSU President Elson S. Floyd Feb. 24.
"I was extremely excited to accept President Floyd's invitation to join his wonderful and talented team at Washington State," Moos said at his Feb. 24 news conference. "I am looking forward to getting back into intercollegiate athletics and thrilled that it will be as the athletics director at my alma mater. It will be wonderful to reconnect with Cougars everywhere and to work with them to ensure excellence in our program."
"It is great news that we have been able to bring Bill back to campus to lead our athletics department. He has a proven record of success as an athletics director and he has deep and lasting ties to our university. In every way, he is an outstanding fit and we all look forward to working with him," Floyd said.
Moos has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in collegiate athletics, most recently 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. The only season Oregon did not lead the conference in attendance, 1997, they finished second, averaging 92 percent capacity for the year.
Additional facility improvements included the opening of the $14.6 million Ed Moshofsky Sports Center and Papé and Kilkenny Fields project, the installation of a $4 million Opto Tech Megavision scoreboard in Autzen Stadium, as well as an expansion of the varsity athletic weight room, both 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 in¬crease in private and corporate gifts.
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). The 1973 Washington State graduate was a Pacific-8 all-conference offensive lineman in 1972.
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.
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.
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