Entering his seventh year as the Director of Athletics at Seattle University, William (Bill) Hogan has already made a significant impact not only on the athletics program, but within the university as a whole. Thanks to his leadership, the department has stabilized and grown over the past six years, and he's overseen some of the most successful years in school history, both athletically and academically.
Most importantly, he spearheaded the move by the University to return to Division I status, including finding a conference home for Seattle U's sports. Starting July 1, 2012, 17 of the school's 20 sports will compete as part of the Western Athletic Conference, while men's soccer and men's swimming will continue to participate in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. He has also overseen the addition of six sports over the past six years, including the newest inclusion of women's rowing, which will compete as a Division I independent in 2012-13.
In 2011-12, the women's soccer program enjoyed another winning season, giving head coach Julie Woodward her 200th career coaching victory. The men's basketball team won nine of its last 12 games, including eight in a row at KeyArena. The women's basketball squad reached the postseason, advancing to the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational. It was the first Division I national postseason berth for Seattle U since 1980. Golfer Caitlin McCleary won three tournaments and finished in a tie for first place after 54-hole stroke play at the WCC Championships. Tennis student-athlete Katrina Schwab was named Great West Conference Player of the Year. Finally, the baseball program continued its improvement in just its third season back as a varsity sport.
The 2010-11 season got off to a great start, as the women's soccer and women's volleyball teams posted winning records. The men's basketball team earned its second straight victory over Oregon State, plus went on the road and picked up a victory at ACC school Virginia. The men's swim team earned four individual titles at the MPSF Championships, while the track and field squad collected two indoor titles and one outdoor championship within the Great West Conference. The baseball team doubled its win total from the previous season, knocking off nationally-ranked Oregon State, crosstown rival Washington, and Super Regional participant Dallas Baptist, among others.
The 2009-10 campaign saw the full-time return of Seattle U basketball to KeyArena, as the men's basketball team used a 10-3 home record to propel itself to a 17-14 record, the first time a school playing a full Division I schedule in its first year as a Division I counter would post a winning record. He helped welcome Elgin Baylor back to Seattle as the court was named in the legend's honor before the home opener against Fresno State. Men's soccer participated in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while softball was welcomed into the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. The men's and women's swim teams enjoyed their best-ever results at the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships. Finally, the baseball program played its first season of intercollegiate ball in 24 years, picking up a victory over Creighton at historic Rosenblatt Stadium as well as wins at Oregon and at Portland.
In 2008-09, the Seattle University athletic department began the transition process with no fear. The men's basketball team posted its best record in 45 years, the women's basketball team won 20 games for the first time in 16 seasons, and the men's and women's soccer teams also posted winning records against Division I opponents. Seattle U men's hoops returned to the Seattle Center for the first time in 29 years, as almost 5,000 people came out on New Year's Day to watch the Redhawks defeat Loyola Marymount. Five Seattle U teams (men's basketball, men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, softball) won in-season tournaments featuring Division I schools, and Hogan oversaw the introduction of four new sports - men's and women's golf and men's and women's tennis.
During the 2007-08 academic year, Hogan watched on as both the women's and men's soccer, and softball teams went on to compete in the NCAA Tournament. The softball team set a new school record for wins (38) and went on to win the GNAC championship. Men's swimming finished with their best showing at the Division II level with an eighth place finish, and crowned an individual National Champion (Jakob Jiracek) in the 200m Breaststroke. Seattle University placed 8 different athletes on the first team All-Academic All-District teams, and Ashley Porter and Chris Coley were the first SU student-athletes to be named All-Academic All-Americans for two consecutive years.
In his first year, Hogan witnessed the women's soccer, men's soccer, and men's basketball teams winning GNAC titles and advancing to their respective NCAA Tournaments. The men's soccer team won the Far West Region and advanced to the Elite Eight, while the men's basketball squad won its first round game. The softball and men's swimming teams also reached their best postseason result, with the softball team advancing to the West Regional title game and the men's swim team finishing ninth at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Academically, the department won the GNAC Academic All-Sports title, with two SU student-athletes, Ana Gutierrez and Adam Jensen, earning GNAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. Gutierrez and Jensen were two of five SU student-athletes to receive Academic All-America recognition.
Hogan led the University of San Francisco athletics department from 1991 to 2006. He oversaw the development of athletics facilities and initiated scholarship- and revenue-generating programs to strengthen athletic programs at USF. Hogan was named Regional Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of College Athletic Directors for 2000-2001. In addition to his responsibilities as athletics director, Hogan also served as part-time faculty member in USF's business administration and graduate sports management programs.
Prior to his role at USF, Hogan was with his alma mater Saint Joseph's College in Indiana, serving as both athletics director and head men's basketball coach. He was also a tenured associate professor at Saint Joseph's and voted Professor of the Year by students.
Hogan holds a master's in Business Education and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Bowling Green State University.