June 30, 2006
San Francisco, CA - University of San Francisco Athletics Director Bill Hogan announced today that he is leaving the University after 15 years to become Athletics Director at Seattle University in Washington State.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my 15 years at USF," said Hogan in making the announcement. "I would like to thank the University for the opportunity here and the support I have received from the administration.
"It is due to the success of our athletes and coaches that I have been offered some opportunities lately. Seattle wants to build themselves into a nationally prominent program. I was very impressed on my visit there. The administration has committed 38 million dollars to a new athletic and recreational facility. All three of the finalists for the position were Division I Athletic Directors. A key to their interest was my background with the WCC and Division I athletics. I am also thrilled to be working again with a Jesuit University and on the West Coast. Seattle University has tremendous potential."
Hogan accomplished many things in his tenure at USF, among them the development of the USF "Reaching New Heights" strategic plan that set as its goal "in all sports, to compete for West Coast Conference championships."
As a result of that plan and the success of the coaching staff that he brought in, USF won the 2006 WCC Men's All-Sports Award, were league champions in men's soccer and baseball and runners-up in men's golf and cross-country. Also among his achievements was the buildup of USF's women's programs, included significant increases in scholarships.
"We are very grateful to Bill Hogan for bringing our Athletics program to the point where we were in contention to win the league's Commissioner's Cup," said USF Vice President for University Advancement David Macmillan. "This would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. Bill is a turn-around kind of guy. It's easy to see why another Jesuit university would recruit him and why he would be attracted to the opportunity to make a big difference for them.
"To build on our foundation, we will seek an individual with senior management experience in a successful Division I athletics program at a University that shares USF's commitments to athletics, academics and values. Our priorities will be the match with our mission, a track record in both raising and managing resources, and effective leadership of staff and coaches. We have an attractive opportunity to offer with an outstanding group of dedicated coaches in place and every prospect for even greater success in both our men's and women's programs."
Current Associate Director of Athletics Bill Nepfel has been named Interim Director of Athletics.