Bill Cords, who directed the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Marquette University for 20 years (1987-2007), is in his second stint with the program. Cords was named Interim Vice President and Director of Athletics in December of 2013.
He had previously retired from Marquette on Dec. 31, 2006. Cords presided over Marquette's athletic department during a period of significant growth and success. During his 20 years, Cords expanded sports offerings at the Division I level, added and improved athletic facilities, oversaw outstanding athletic and academic achievement, and, most notably, engineered Marquette's move from independent status to the BIG EAST Conference.
During his tenure, Marquette hosted conference championships in men's and women's basketball, cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field. Marquette hosted very successful NCAA Men's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds in 1992, 1996, 1999, and 2004. Marquette also hosted the NCAA Women's Basketball Mideast Regional in 2002.
For his efforts, Cords was honored nationally by his peers as the 1999 NACDA/Continental Regional (Central) I-AA/I-AAA Athletic Director of the Year.
Prior to arriving at Marquette in 1987, Cords was the athletics director at the University of Texas-El Paso. During his five-year tenure, a strong broad-based program was developed with a rapidly improving football program, development of a women's athletic conference, a very successful men's basketball program, and highlighted by the elimination of a previous $1 million deficit.
Before going to UTEP, Cords spent 11 years at Washington State University, serving as head freshman football coach, assistant varsity football coach, director of intramurals, academic advisor, assistant athletics director and associate athletics director while earning a master's degree and completing doctoral work in education administration. He also taught and coached at the high school level in Montana.