Under the steady
guidance and watchful eye of Terry Driscoll, the William and Mary Athletics
Department has solidified its standing as one of the nation's preeminent
broad-based programs. As Driscoll enters his 17th year as athletics director,
he has overseen an unprecedented era of improvement in terms of funding and
facilities while also maintaining the College's rich history of producing
oversees a program that is committed to balancing academic demands with
athletic success. One of the department's stated goals each year is to finish
among the top 100 in the annual Director's Cup rankings, which has happened in
all but two of the years that Driscoll has been the director. Additionally,
W&M has ranked as the highest Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) school
eight times during his tenure, including two of the past three years.
In the last nine years, the Tribe's program has combined for a total of 35 CAA
titles. This past season, W&M added two more CAA titles as the women's
soccer and men's cross country teams claimed league championships. In 2002-03,
W&M had a school-record 10 teams compete in the NCAA Tournament, with four
teams winning conference titles and six that finished in the top 25 at the end
of their respective seasons. Overall, no institution in the CAA can claim more
all-time league championships than the 104 William and Mary has earned.
As impressive as the athletic accomplishments have been during Driscoll's
tenure, the program's academic successes have been even greater. In the NCAA's
inaugural (2004) APR rankings, a measurement of academic progress based on
academic eligibility, retention, and graduation of student-athletes, W&M
was fourth in the nation overall and first among institutions offering athletic
performance-based scholarships. Additionally, the Tribe football team has
posted a 100 percent graduation rate three times, while the majority of the
program's squads have consistently ranked among the nation's finest in terms of
graduation. In 2002, the CAA started recognizing Scholar-Athletes of the Year
for each of the 22 sports it sponsors, and the College has had a
conference-high 42 individuals receive the honor.
In addition to the many academic and athletic successes, Driscoll's
impact on the program has been equally impressive in terms of physical and
financial improvements. Since taking over as athletics director, Driscoll has
overseen the construction of more than $22 million in new facilities, including
Plumeri Park (baseball), Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field (soccer,
lacrosse) and the Millie West
Tennis Courts (tennis). Recently, the College dedicated an $11 million,
30,000 square-foot Jimmye Laycock Football Center at Zable Stadium in the
summer of 2008. During the last six years, the venerable stadium has been
enhanced with an $800,000-plus video scoreboard (2007), the installation of a
$650,000 permanent lighting system (2006) and an $840,000 state-of-the-art
Field Turf Pro artificial playing surface (2006). Additionally, new synthetic
turf was installed at Busch Field, the home of the William and Mary Field
Hockey program, this summer, while water cannons were added in 2011.
addition to the physical structures, Driscoll has also worked with the Senior
Associate Athletics Director for Development, Bobby Dwyer, to increase the
annual fund-raising totals for non-capital projects from $1.36 million in 1995
to the current annual total of approximately $3.5 million.
true student-athlete himself, Driscoll's leadership skills were developed
during his collegiate years. As a student-athlete at Boston College, Driscoll
captained the basketball team to the National Invitation Tournament Finals as a
senior, and was named the tournament MVP. In addition to being named an
All-American, his success in the classroom as a biology major garnered him an
Academic All-America honor.
After graduating from BC, he was the fourth overall pick of the 1969 NBA Draft,
selected by the Detroit Pistons, just three spots after the Milwaukee Bucks
chose UCLA's Lew Alcindor, later to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Driscoll
chose to play a year in Italy first, but then returned to the U.S. to play for
the Pistons, Washington Bullets and Milwaukee Bucks before going back to Italy
as a player and then coach until 1980.
Driscoll then entered the corporate world in 1980, working for Kazmaier
Associates, Inc., an international sporting goods sales and sports marketing
firm. After Kazmaier purchased Bike Athletic in 1986, KSG Inc. was formed with
the objective of becoming the first, and only, national sales agency in the
sporting goods industry. By 1987, Driscoll was president of the company and had
expanded the agency to all 50 states just two years later. In early 1990,
Driscoll's contribution to a marketing research project for the NCAA was the
initial step moving him from product marketing and sales to sports marketing
and management. The result of the project was a joint venture between Kazmaier
Associates and Host Communications - with Driscoll being named managing
director and chief operating officer of NCAA International.
In 1993, Driscoll diversified his experience in the athletic world by working
as the venue executive director of the 1994 World Cup site in Boston. In
September of that year, Driscoll was again enlisted to launch a new business,
Eagle International Group, an event management and services company. As vice
president, Driscoll worked with Hawaii Pacific Sports to organize the Women's
World Volleyball Grand Prix competition in Honolulu.
Driscoll resides in Williamsburg with his wife, Susan. The couple has two
children - Keith, a 1997 graduate of Holy Cross, and Leslie Anne, a 2001
graduate of William and Mary. Keith and his wife, Jennifer, have a 5-year-old
daughter, Hadley. Leslie Anne and her husband, Brian Nelson, also a W&M graduate,
have a daughter, Lula, 4, and a son, Edward, 2.