USD to Introduce Bill McGillis, New Executive Director of Athletics/AVP, Tuesday

Bill McGillis will be introduced as University of San Diego's new executive director of athletics and associate vice president at a Tuesday morning press conference on campus.Bill McGillis will be introduced as University of San Diego's new executive director of athletics and associate vice president at a Tuesday morning press conference on campus.

The University of San Diego will introduce Bill McGillis as its Executive Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President at a press conference to be held at 10 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, Dec. 20, in the Jenny Craig Pavilion Warren Hospitality Suite. The press conference will be streamed live on

McGillis, who takes over for Ky Snyder who was promoted to Vice President for Operations and Chief Operating Officer, comes to the University of San Diego from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss., where he has been Director of Athletics since July 2013.

Over the past 3½ years, the Seattle native was successful in creating a winning tradition in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community. He helped facilitate the restoration of excellence within Southern Miss athletics, highlighted by unprecedented academic achievement and significant competitive success, including the resurgence of the storied Golden Eagles football program.

This past weekend the football team participated in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette, winning 28-21 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to finish with a 7-6 record. In 2015 the football team won nine regular-season games, captured the Conference USA West Division Championship and earned a trip to the Heart of Dallas Bowl. In addition, this past fall the women’s volleyball team finished 23-8 overall and placed second in conference play.

“It has been an unbelievable privilege and true blessing to serve as the Director of Athletics at Southern Miss and to call Hattiesburg our home,” McGillis said in a University of Southern Mississippi press release Monday announcing his departure. “Quite simply, we are at a point in our life and career at which resetting our priorities is important. The University of San Diego presents a very special opportunity to return to the West Coast to be near both my, and my wife Margie's, entire families and to serve one of the great Catholic universities in America — critical factors that make this the right decision for our family.”

McGillis has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring a positive student-athlete experience and culture of academic excellence within the Southern Miss program. Last year the Golden Eagles’ student-athletes earned the highest cumulative student-athlete grade point average on record at the university.

His well-received reorganization of the development team and operations helped stimulate growth within the Eagle Club. Besides the successful solicitation of major gifts, fundraising was completed for a new state-of-the-art baseball weight room, and a campaign to build a new Academic Excellence Center was initiated.

To further fuel football’s momentum, the development team secured a major gift for the summer 2016 renovation and expansion of the team’s locker room and gift commitments that enabled both a stunning renovation and expansion of the Duff Athletics Center weight room and the planned construction of a state-of-the-art nutrition center — two projects that will benefit all Southern Miss student-athletes.

Prior to his arrival at Southern Miss, McGillis served as Executive Associate Athletic Director at the University of South Florida. During his stint in Tampa, McGillis oversaw the advancement of what, at the time, was the single largest athletics facilities project undertaken at a Division I institution in the last 25 years involving the construction of six venues within the department’s master facilities plan.

Prior to South Florida, he served as Director of Athletics at the University of Evansville for five years (2002-07). Additional administrative stops have included positions with the University of New Mexico; as General Manager of two professional women’s basketball teams in the American Basketball League, and with the University of Houston.

He and Margie have five children.

Bill McGillis file photo courtesy of University of Southern Mississippi website


Ted Gosen
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