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Huskers Hire Bill Moos as new Athletic Director

In what most would consider an unexpected hire, chancellor Ronnie Green announced Sunday that Nebraska has hired away Washington State Athletic Director Bill Moos to lead the Husker athletic department. Moos was previously the athletic director for Washington State going back to 2010 and will start at Nebraska on Monday, October 23rd.

“Nebraska has secured a proven winner in Bill Moos to lead Husker Athletics into a new era of excellence,” said Green. “It was clear that Bill stood out in a very competitive, tremendously gifted pool of candidates, not only because of his proven ability to lead programs to greatness but because of his reputation for integrity in building and leading those programs.”

Moos agreed to a 5-year deal with Nebraska worth 1 million dollars a year in salary plus incentives.

Considered a “program builder” by Chancellor Green, Moos expanded Washington State’s influence with a variety of new marketing rights agreements as well as several key facility upgrades. Moos was responsible for a $130 million dollar renovation and expansion of the football stadium, securing a 30 million dollar marketing agreement with IMG College and was responsible for an 81% increase in gifts to the Cougar Athletic Fund Annual Giving Program.

Chancellor Green said Moos rose to the top of a group of qualified candidates that included several Power 5 conference athletic directors. Moos, he said, is a program-builder who forges enduring relationships with coaches, student-athletes, staff, supporters, and fans.

“To lead one of the most storied and successful athletic programs in the nation is a true honor,” Moos said. “Nebraska is a very special place, known far and wide for its phenomenal fans, for doing things the right way, for supporting its students, honoring its athletic legacy and maintaining excellence in athletics success across the board. I am proud to help build upon these Husker traditions.”

In addition to his work behind the scenes at the university, Moos was also the dean of the Pac-12 athletic directors and played a leading role in securing their recent 12-year $3 billion dollar media rights agreement with Fox and ESPN.

Before his tenure at Washington State, Moos was the athletic director for the Oregon ducks from 1995-2007 and the athletic director at Montana State for the 5-years prior to that. He was responsible for the Ducks winning 13 Pac-10 championships in six different sports; and UO student-athletes accumulated 722 academic all-conference selections, 23 academic All-America selections, nine NCAA postgraduate scholars and one NCAA Top VIII Award.

Raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Moos went to high school in Olympia,WA when his father was in the governor’s cabinet. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in Pullman and was a three-year letterman in football. He co-captained Washington State’s 1972 team and was first-team All-Pac-8. He and his wife Kendra have three daughters, Christa, Brittany and Kaiti; and two sons, Bo and Benjamin.

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