Bill Scholl

Bullish on athletics

It was an eventful year under Bill Scholl, vice president and director for athletics, who took over last fall.

Basketball hit the reset button under dynamic new leaders.

Women’s volleyball made its fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance.

Men’s golf won the Big East Championship, and men’s lacrosse surged to the top 10 in national rankings.

A student-athlete in track and field hit new heights.

Scholl, who came to Marquette from previous positions at Ball State and Notre Dame, says, “The Marquette community is unbelievably warm and friendly. The community is passionate about Marquette and loyal to our basketball program and many of our other athletic teams, as well. In my first year on campus, I’ve learned that the environment is really neat.”

Scholl sees reasons for optimism throughout Marquette’s Division I programs, including in the way Men’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carolyn Kieger approached their first seasons. “I think people might be surprised how quickly and how deeply Steve has embraced Marquette and what it stands for and how much he cares about Marquette,” Scholl says of Wojciechowski. “He has such a sense of responsibility for the giants who have gone before him, and he wants so badly to live up to that level of responsibility. And, of course, Carolyn’s roots are completely embedded in her Marquette background as a student-athlete so you can certainly say all the same things about her.”

One of the biggest wins, Scholl says, came off the field when President Lovell announced Marquette will collaborate with the Milwaukee Bucks to build a state-of-the art indoor practice and sports performance research facility on campus.

“I’m amazed at what some of our teams have accomplished, given the infrastructure they have,” he says. “And that’s why the new building that Dr. Lovell announced is so important for us. I am so bullish on how good our teams can be if we can provide the support for them.

“I truly believe there’s not a team here that can’t compete for the Big East title and national honors. I’ll point to the fact that they’re so successful already, and they don’t have all the things that we can provide for them. I think as we get there, it will really give our teams a tremendous opportunity to compete at the highest level and help us take the Marquette brand and move it further.” — CJ

Marquette student-athletes earned a total of 88 selections on All-Big East postseason teams in 2014–15, representing 14 different programs.

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