Larry Williams ’92 Named Vice President and Athletics Director at Marquette
Larry Williams ’92 begins his post as Marquette’s new vice president and director of athletics on January 2. Larry was a standout offensive lineman at Notre Dame and went on to play in the NFL. He earned a law degree from USD during his pro football career. Larry then practiced law at Indianapolis-based Baker & Daniels, before returning to Notre Dame in 1999 to work on licensing and product marketing for the Athletics Department.
Larry has been the director of athletics and recreation at the University of Portland since 2004. Under his 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 Larry’s 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.
Larry also oversaw significant facility expansion, brand development and increased exposure through television contracts and game attendance.
He currently serves on the NCAA Championships and Sports Sponsorship Cabinet and the NCAA Men's Basketball Issues Committee, and previously chaired the West Coast Conference Athletic Directors Council.
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