All-American football player at Notre Dame. Professional football player in the NFL from 1985 to 1993. Law degree from San Diego Law School in 1992. University of Portland athletic director. Those are just some of the accomplishments that Larry Williams is bringing to Marquette as their new athletic director. President Scott Pilarz S.J., sent an email to all students at 9 p.m. announcing the decision to hire Williams.
Williams is set to begin his role as athletic director on January 2, 2012, reporting mainly to President Scott Pilarz. A press conference is scheduled for tomorrow on campus to formally announce the hiring.
The hiring comes after Marquette launched a search committee that looked at more than 80 candidates for the position. While at Portland, Williams helped oversee a women's soccer national championship in 2005 and several improvements in sports, like baseball and basketball. This seems to fit perfectly for Marquette as the women's soccer team comes off an impressive season where they went 18-4-0, and the basketball team finds itself in the middle of the entire conference carousel with the Big East.
Marquette is the Jesuit university of Milwaukee, so it doesn't hurt to have a Jesuit background. Williams' son attends St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. Little Williams is being recruited for football and just won the state championship in Ohio.
Williams has a football background with his experience at Notre Dame and in the NFL, but if you believe that's any sign of Marquette possibly starting a football team, do not get your hopes up. Fr. Pilarz said at the beginning of the school year that as long as he is president, there will not be a football program at Marquette.
While playing in the NFL, Williams received a law degree from San Diego Law School. A spectacular feat for an athlete while still competing.
Note: You are mistaken if you think that men's basketball head coach, Buzz Williams, and Larry Williams are related. Looks like one will have to take on the role of Coach Williams and the other Mr. Williams. It is pretty clear who is who...even though they are both bald.