A member of the Sacramento State Athletics family since 1996 and a Hornet administrator since 2000, Bill Macriss was appointed the University’s Athletics Director on March 9, 2015. Macriss had served as the Interim Athletics Director for slightly more than eight months until the interim tag was removed.
Under Macriss’ watch (he was appointed Interim A.D. on July 1, 2014), Sacramento State athletics has seen unprecedented success both on and off the field. In 2014-15, Hornet football and the men’s and women’s basketball programs combined for the most wins in a season in the school’s NCAA Div. I era. In addition, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams qualified for the postseason for the first time in the Div. I era.
Wins over Pac-12 and SEC schools in men’s basketball and baseball, coupled with a trio of conference titles and the program’s second straight Big Sky Conference Women’s All-Sports Trophy, highlighted the 2015-16 academic year.
During his tenure as AD, Hornet student-athletes tallied their best academic records in school history, notching four straight semesters above a 3.0 overall GPA. Also, for the first time since the data has been measured, Sacramento State student-athletes posted a combined GPA above a 3.0 in all three academic indicators (overall, term and Sacramento State GPA) during each of the last two academic years. In addition, a record 173 Hornet student-athletes earned academic all-conference honors in 2015-16.
Fundraising has also seen increases in Macriss’ first two years at the helm. The Hornet Club – the athletics department fundraising arm – has set records in both membership and dollars raised in both 2014-15 and ’15-16. In addition, the Power of 1,000 Campaign – a grassroots effort with a goal of fundraising $1 million of seed money for a new events center on campus in a year – has received pledges and donations totaling more than $1.9 million in less than 12 months.
As Director of Athletics, Macriss has also overseen significant facility enhancements. Since the summer of 2014, Hornet Athletics has installed lights for baseball at John Smith Field, erected a new video/scoreboard at Hornet Stadium for use by football and track and field, and enhanced locker rooms for volleyball, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer. In addition, a new study center/lounge has opened in the Athletics Center to better serve the academic needs of more than 500 student-athletes.
Other facility projects scheduled for completion in the near future include the resurfacing of both the softball and baseball fields, a redesign of the men’s basketball locker room and the construction of permanent restrooms/concessions for men’s and women’s soccer and softball.
In addition to his on-campus duties, Macriss works closely with the Sacramento Sports Commission and the Sacramento Convention & Visitor’s Bureau to bring national events to the region. Recently, Sacramento State was selected as the host institution for NCAA Regionals in men’s basketball (2017), outdoor track & field (2018) and cross country (2016). Also, Sacramento State served as the host site of the 2014 USA Track & Field Championships, the 2016 USA Track & Field Junior Olympics, and is hosting CIF high school state football championships from 2015-17.
Macriss served as the Deputy Director of Athletics from August of 2007 until July of 2014. In that role, he assisted with the overall operations of the department of athletics. His day-to-day responsibilities included oversight of the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball and beach volleyball as well as the areas of media relations, event management, equipment management and technology support.
In addition, Macriss served on the department’s Academic Improvement Plan committee, and worked closely with University faculty, staff and administrators as a member of campus-wide branding, marketing and communications initiatives. He has also served on each of the department’s last two Strategic Planning Committees
Previously, Macriss served as the Championship Director for the 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships and as the Media Operations Director for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field. He was also instrumental in helping the University serve as the host site for the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions in 2010 and 2011.
Macriss had served as Associate Athletics Director at Sacramento State from 2000-07 and began his career with the Hornets in October of 1996 as media relations director. Prior to Sacramento State, he served in a media relations capacity at Cal State Bakersfield (1994-96), Utah State (1988-90, ‘91-94) and Southern Utah (1990-91).
A native of Deerfield, Ill., Macriss holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Utah State. He and his wife, Holly, have two children, John Robert and Samantha.