Sept. 4, 2007
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - West Coast Conference Commissioner Mike Gilleran announced today that he will retire from the WCC following the expiration of his contract on May 31, 2008.
"I've been blessed by the opportunity to serve the Conference since 1984," Gilleran said, "and I will always treasure my time with the WCC. The Conference over the years has had an extraordinary group of presidents, administrators and coaches, and to the extent that we've been successful, I thank all of them for such a strong effort. I especially want to thank all the student-athletes who dedicated themselves to academic and athletic excellence at our member institutions over the years."
Gilleran concluded, "After these many years of service to the WCC, it's time for me to enter a new chapter in my life, and I know the conference will continue to thrive. I will be a fan of the WCC for life."
Rev. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., chair of the West Coast Conference President's Council stated, "Mike has served the WCC as its commissioner extraordinarily well during his 24-year tenure. Under his leadership, the Conference has prospered and grown in stature and competitiveness, making it a premier Division I conference. We are grateful for the leadership and direction Mike has provided, and I look forward to working with him during this period of transition and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Gilleran, the league's first full-time commissioner, is in his twenty-fourth season with the WCC and is the second longest tenured commissioner in Division I. He joined the WCC in January of 1984 after an eight-year stint in the enforcement department of the NCAA.
During Gilleran's tenure, the WCC blossomed into one of the premier conferences in the country, with the Conference claiming 16 NCAA team and individual national championships and over 400 WCC student-athletes earning All-American honors.