Dr. William Husak
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Dr. William S. Husak, who was hired as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in 1998, begins his 16th year at Loyola Marymount University. Those 16 years just happen to be the most prolific in LMU Athletics history as Husak has focused on his mission of winning championships, achieving success in the classroom through graduating all student-athletes in four years and helping them grow as individuals as they move on to the next stages of their life.
Since 1998, LMU has seen its most overall success in school history as the Lions have claimed 31 of its overall 44 conference championships (among sports currently sponsored by LMU within NCAA Division I competition) and 40 of its 62 NCAA postseason appearances.
Off the field, the Lions continue to rank among the best in the West Coast Conference and in the west in the NCAA's APR and Graduation Rate, and in 2012-13, a record 227 student-athletes claimed NCAA National Academic Honors.
In 2012-13, the program continued to add to its history with:
Husak attributes the success that has come on the field and classroom from the commitment to athletics from the University as a whole and people within it.
"It is people that make up this University and this Athletics Department so special," said Husak. "It is everyone as a team that makes us successful. It is everyone here at LMU that allows us to have the success and growth we have seen the last 16 years. It is all about the people and why LMU is a very special place."
Since he took over the program, the coaching and administrative staffs that lend support to the more than 450 student-athletes has more than doubled in size with the addition of assistant coaches, support staff and the transition from part-time to full-time coaches. A full-time head coach will lead 19 of the varsity sports sponsored at LMU. When Husak took over, only nine of the programs were led by full-time head coach.
In addition, support for the student-athletes was enhanced with the addition of 14 brand new staff positions since 2000, which included two athletic academic support staff members, marketing/promotions manager, ticket manager, corporate relations manager, three assistant athletic trainers, two strength and conditioning assistant coaches, a assistant compliance director and two media relations staff members.
The final major piece to LMU Athletics' growth and success has been through the University's commitment to facilities. Since he has taken over, $25 million has been put into athletic facilities. That list includes the brand new Lions' Athletic Center, the Leavey Center, the Burns Aquatics Center, Smith Field and the addition of lights to Page Stadium and Sullivan Field to name a few.
Lights installed in the summer of 2013 on Page Stadium and Sullivan Field gave LMU its first night game outside on campus in its NCAA Division I history.
The new Lions' Athletic Center includes the 6,000-square foot Chad and Ginni Dreier Strength and Conditioning Center, the new hub of activity of student-athletes. In addition, the Burns Center was used as host to the 2002 and 2006 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championships. It has been the only time LMU has hosted an NCAA championship.
As for the Leavey Center, it houses the offices and team suite areas of all sports except the aquatics programs, who are in the Burns Center. The University dedicated more than 7,000 square feet within the Center for the Athletics Department, giving the 21 programs top-of-the-line offices and work space.
Facility enhancements have also included the Thomas Higgins Short Game Center (golf), the Morris A. Pivaroff and George P. Kading Tournament Court (tennis), and the Jane Browne Bove Boathouse. LMU's existing facilities have also seen their share of growth, including new bleachers and scoreboard to Sullivan Field (soccer), Mikos Blue Monster and Pride Park to Page Stadium (baseball), and a new sound system, floor design and bleachers in Gersten Pavilion.
In addition, the lobby and restrooms within Gersten Pavilion are currently being renovated and plans for the next 18 months include new locker room suites in Gersten Pavilion, including new state-of-the-art areas for men's and women's basketball.
Husak comes from a long and accomplished background as an administrator, fundraiser and professor during a 19-year career at California State University, Long Beach. Between 1993-1998, he served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director and was mainly responsible for Athletics fundraising. While at CSULB between 1983 and 1997, Husak served as an assistant commissioner for the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Between 1986 and 1993 he served as chairman of CSULB's physical education department. As an associate professor of physical education at CSULB between 1979 and 1986, he established the university's Motor Behavior Laboratory.
A 1972 graduate of State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland, Husak holds a master's degree and Ph.D. in Physical Education from Texas A&M University. He and his wife of 41 years, Tish, live in Long Beach and have three married sons and six grandchildren.