LMU’s Day of Giving and Global Happy Hour is set for Tuesday, November 14.
LMU Athletics has announced the creation of a fan advisory council.
Loyola Marymount University today announced a new 7-year partnership with adidas.
The Aspire Sport Marketing Group and LMU announced a partnership to form an on-campus Fan Relationship Management Center (FRMC).
The first in a new series taking an inside look to LMU Athletics and what makes it so special.
This is LMU... Being an LMU Lion with Dr. William Husak. Lions' All-Access series featuring an inside look to the LMU Athletic Department.
10th annual Iggy Awards for Los Angeles Airport Marriott on Apr. 30, 2015.
2014 LMU Golf Classic and Dinner Auction Pacific Palms Golf Resort, Industry Hills, CA - May 16, 2014
Student-Athlete Welcome reception prior to the 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
2014 Iggy Awards from the Los Angeles Marriott on May 1, 2014
2013 LMU Golf Classic from Pacific Palms
Dr. William S. Husak, who was hired as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in 1998, is in his 20th year at Loyola Marymount University. This 20 year period has been 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 35 of its overall 48 conference championships (among sports currently sponsored by LMU within NCAA Division I competition) and 45 of its 67 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.
In 2016-17, the program continued to add to its history with:
- LMU baseball sharing in a WCC Championship.
- Cory Abbott, who pitched the first ever perfect game in LMU baseball history and the 26th in NCAA history, also became LMU's first-ever first team All-American according to Baseball America while also earning first-team honors according to Collegiate Baseball. Cory was drafted in the second round by the World Champion Chicago Cubs.
- LMU soccer will have a new score board and stands for 1,200 fans entering the 2017 season.
- The second phase of the Lions Softball batting cage project was completed allowing for enhanced training experience for our athletes and the opportunity to bring the community on to campus to train as well.
- LMU earned an NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 93 percent for the latest report reflecting the 2009 cohort. Overall, LMU's GSR rate is seven percent better than the NCAA average of 86 percent. In this most recent data, 15 teams at LMU earned GSRs above 86 percent and seven teams earned perfect GSR scores of 100.
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 the people in this University and Athletics Department, who work together as a team, that make the experience so unique." said Husak. "That synergy of communication, collaboration and cooperation has allowed us to have the success and growth we have experienced the last 20 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 400 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. When Husak took over, only nine of the programs were led by full-time head coach and many of those only had a partial complement of staff. Today, nearly all programs are led by full time coaches and assistant coaches. In addition, support for the student-athletes was enhanced with the addition of 15 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, three strength and conditioning assistant coaches, an assistant compliance director and two media relations staff members.
The final major piece to LMU Athletics' growth and success has been through the fans and University's commitment to facilities. During his tenure $30 million has been put into athletic facilities enhancing every sport and venue while also building new ones. The new ones have included:
- The Thomas Higgins, S.J. Short Game Center (golf).
- The Morris A. Pivaroff and George P. Kading Tournament Court (tennis).
- The Jane Browne Bove Boathouse for the rowing programs.
- The Lions' Athletic Center which includes the 6,000-square foot Chad and Ginni Dreier Strength and Conditioning Center, the new hub of activity for student-athletes.
- Smith Field, the new home for softball, which also houses the batting cages for softball.
- Burns Recreation Center which houses a beautiful pool and is the home for Lions aquatics programs.
- The Cresencio and Narcisa Cruz Lions Cage for our baseball program.
Major renovations have been a part of maintain the facilities so that fans can enjoy watching competitions and athletes can play, practice and live in surroundings as beautiful as the rest of the campus. These enhancements have included:
- The Mikos Blue Monster and Pride Park to Page Stadium (baseball).
- In the Pavilion, major renovations have included a new sound system, floor, bleachers and two scoreboards. In addition, the lobby and restrooms within The Pavilion were renovated as well as new locker room suites for volleyball and basketball and a new Athletic Medicine area.
- The Leavey Center was renovated to house the offices and team suite areas of all sports except the aquatics programs, who are housed in the Burns Center. The University dedicated more than 7,000 square feet within the Center for the Athletics Department, first class offices and work space.
- In addition to the scoreboards in The Pavilion, scoreboards have been added or replaced in the The Burns Aquatics Center, Smith Field, Page Stadium and Sullivan Field.
- Lights were installed at Page Stadium and Sullivan Field, and the installation of a new state of the art scoreboard in The Pavilion.
- This year has seen the completion of the softball batting cages, new scoreboard and stands for Sullivan Field and the remaking of the Higgins Short Game Center.
Of note, 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. 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.
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 and Ph.D. in Physical Education from Texas A&M University. He and his wife Tish live in Long Beach and have three married sons and seven grandchildren.
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