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PCC hires new Athletic Director

22 December 2015

The search for an Athletic Director has come to an end. Pratt Community College has announced that they have hired Bill Wilson as the new Athletic Director.

Wilson is expected to step into his new role in early January bringing a total of 27 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, including 16 years as a college head basketball coach.

Wilson previously served as the Director of Athletics at Northland College in Ashland, Wis. While at Northland College, Wilson developed the addition of men’s and women’s NCAA golf as well as junior varsity programs in several sports for the college. Wilson was also instrumental in upgrading athletic facilities on campus and developing the college’s first athletic booster club.

Wilson is also committed to student excellence and recruiting. He implemented an athletic department recruiting software that worked closely with the college’s admissions department in meeting enrollment goals. Wilson established a Student-Athlete Leadership Development program that was a three-phased program that focused on the development of student-athletes academically, socially and communally.

Though the list of credentials and accomplishments is impressive what Wilson truly enjoys is the interaction with coaches and opportunity to witness student athlete growth.

“The most fulfilling part of my job is getting to work with all of the players that I have had and seeing who they have become years later,” said Wilson.

Wilson is also excited to make Pratt and PCC his new home. He was drawn to the institution and the athletic program because he is a fan of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. He enjoys smaller communities and has seen the quality of people that work and matriculate at PCC during his visit.

PCC President Dr. Michael Calvert expressed that he is enthusiastic about having Wilson on board.

“We were blessed with a very competitive group of applicants with three strong candidates in the end. It’s a good problem to have and Bill definitely has the experience and knowledge that will be valuable to PCC,” said Calvert.

Wilson will be replacing Kurt McAfee as Athletic Director. McAfee is still in the PCC family having accepted the position of Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Affairs. Calvert said that Bill will bring a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective to the athletic department and has no doubt that he will enhance the athletic programs and bring new opportunities to PCC through his experience.

“Because of his experience I think that he will be a good mentor to our coaching staff and student athletes,” said Calvert.

Wilson says that he wants to continue to enhance the department and its programs through efficiency, competition, and a commitment to excellence.

In Wilson’s spare time he enjoys traveling, fishing, and aviation. Though at the end of the day his true passion is collegiate sports and working with students.

“This isn’t what I do. It’s who I am,” said Wilson.