Lynn Holzman Named NCAA VP of Women's Basketball

Dec. 14, 2017


Veteran collegiate sports administrator Lynn Holzman has been named the NCAA vice president of women's basketball. Holzman, currently the commissioner of the West Coast Conference, will be making a return to the NCAA national office where she previously spent 16 years.

"For more than five years with the West Coast Conference and as Commissioner for the past three and a half years, Lynn Holzman has done a tremendous job for the member schools of the Conference," said Father Paul Fitzgerald, University of San Francisco President and Chair, West Coast Conference Presidents' Council. "We are better in so many ways, more competitive and more focused, known as we are for producing student-athletes who represent the best values of our universities. We are grateful for all that she has accomplished and proud that she has been called to national leadership at the NCAA. We will certainly miss her."

Holzman was named the third full-time Commissioner in the history of the West Coast Conference in June 2014. During Holzman's tenure, the Conference adopted and implemented a strategic plan that includes a vision to provide premier educational and athletic opportunities to West Coast Conference student-athletes, and to be recognized nationally for achievements in the areas of leadership, student-athlete experience, competitiveness and exposure. The Conference added women's beach volleyball as its 15th sport and played host to the 2016 NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup. The Conference has instituted a student-athlete leadership summit while also increasing student-athlete engagement in campus and conference matters. Holzman serves as the West Coast Conference representative on the NCAA's highest-ranking administrative body, the Division I Council and she serves on the Men's Basketball Oversight Committee. She is regularly asked to serve, chair or speak at numerous other NCAA governance and intercollegiate athletics groups.

Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Holzman served as the West Coast Conference's Executive Senior Associate Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Holzman was charged with overseeing all the Conference's day-to-day affairs and worked closely with the Executive and Presidents' Councils. Holzman joined the Conference staff as the Senior Associate Commissioner of Governance and Administration in 2012.

Throughout her career, Holzman has served as an advocate for women in college sports, including as a former board member and now president-elect for Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators). She also served in sports organizations in California's Bay Area, including the San Jose Sports Authority board of directors and the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative.

"Lynn Holzman brings the requisite balance of skill and experience in both managing championships and coordinating the administration of the committees governing the sport," said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of basketball. "Her excellent work as commissioner of the West Coast Conference and previously as a director at the NCAA has prepared Lynn well for the various responsibilities of the job, and as a former scholarship basketball student-athlete, she will be an inspiring leader for NCAA women's basketball. I am excited and proud to welcome Lynn to the NCAA basketball team."

Holzman earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Kansas State, where she was captain of the women's basketball team and a three-time Academic All-Big Eight Team member. She also earned a Master of Arts degree from North Carolina and a Master of Business Administration from Purdue. Holzman was awarded the Big Eight Conference's Postgraduate Scholarship and is recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by North Carolina.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the West Coast Conference for the opportunity to serve as Commissioner and work closely with 10 institutions that embrace the holistic development of the student-athletes while providing an environment for academic and athletic excellence," Holzman said. "The Vice President of NCAA Women's Basketball position at the NCAA national office will afford me the opportunity to serve in an influential, servant leadership role designed to further women's basketball and college athletics while drawing on the experiences and lessons I have learned while serving the West Coast Conference over the past five-plus years."

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About the West Coast Conference
The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 15 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's beach volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics. For more information, visit or follow the West Coast Conference on Twitter @WCCsports.


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