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Willson leaving Texas A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - April 06, 2007

Contact: Sean Johnson
sean.johnson@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2870

Athletic Director Taking Consulting Position with NCAA

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Texas A&M-Kingsville Athletics Director Jill Willson has announced she will resign May 15, 2007, to take a consultant position with the NCAA.

Willson’s company, Double L Consulting, will work with the NCAA to help NAIA and NCAA Division III schools transition to NCAA Division II status.

Willson has been very involved with the NCAA during her tenure as athletics director, most recently serving as chair of the NCAA Division II Management Council and has been a member of that council since 2003.

“I love everything about this university, but this is a great opportunity for me,” says Willson.  “Division II is the very best of the NCAA and I want to help it grow.”

Willson has been with the university for 15 years, the first eight years as women’s basketball coach, two years as associate athletics director and the last five years as athletics director.

During her tenure as athletics director, the program’s fundraising and community involvement reached new heights.

“Teresa and I both will be sad to see Jill Willson leave Texas A&M University-Kingsville, but we are happy for her as she pursues this new opportunity on behalf of the NCAA,” says Texas A&M University-Kingsville President Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez.

“Jill has done a superb job, both for this university and for our community. She has expertly shepherded our athletics department through several coaching changes, as well as been vigilant in keeping the program in compliance. She motivates her staff and creates a working environment that enables people to perform at their very best. Her involvement in community activities has made her a valued ambassador for the University, particularly in Kingsville but also throughout South Texas.”

Willson came to Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1992 and in her eight years as head coach, became the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history with a 114-99 mark.

She led the Javelinas to six double-digit winning seasons, including her last five seasons. The Javelinas advanced to the Lone Star Conference Tournament five times, capturing the LSC title in 1999-00.

In her second season as head coach she led the team to an 18-8 record, then the second highest win total in school history.

In her final two seasons (1998-00), the Javelinas posted a combined record of 40-17, and won the LSC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

In her final season as head coach, the 1999-2000 team went 23-7 overall, the second highest win total in school history,  won the Lone Star Conference Tournament and advanced to the program’s first NCAA Regional in 17 years.

Her legacy lived on as the 2000-01 Javelinas advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Championships, won the Lone Star Conference Championship and set a school record of 27 wins, breaking the record the 1999-00 team set.

Willson was named associate athletics director in May of 2000 and moved into the director’s chair in June of 2002.

During her tenure as athletics director Willson has overseen a department that has had success across the board.

The women’s basketball team had its best season in school history, the football team won three Lone Star Conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals twice, the softball team advanced to the NCAA Regionals twice, the baseball team won the 2004 LSC title and the track and field athletes have earned 75 All-American honors in the past six seasons. 

Willson’s background

Willson is a native of Floydada, Texas, and played college basketball at Ranger Junior College and West Texas State.

She came to Texas A&M-Kingsville after a three-year stint as assistant women’s basketball coach at Wayland Baptist.

Willson holds a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M and a master’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.

Willson has been very active in the Kingsville area as she has served on the board of directors of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Kingsville, Kingsville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Whataburger Cactus Bowl. Willson served as the President of the Kingsville Rotary Club for the 2003-2004 session and was on the Kingsville Advisory Board for Planned Parenthood.

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