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May 15, 2014

DR. TERRY WANLESS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State Director of Athletics Dr. Terry Wanless announced today that he will retire on June 30. Wanless has served the Hornets for the last 12 years and has 41 years of experience in collegiate athletics.

"I have truly enjoyed my time at Sacramento State and am proud at what we have accomplished," Wanless said. "There are a lot of exciting parts about working in college athletics but it is the relationships that my wife and I have been able to build with coaches, staff and student-athletes that are the most memorable."

The longest tenured athletics director in school history, Wanless has seen Sacramento State win 56 conference championships during his 12 years. The Hornets have also sent 32 teams and over 200 individuals to NCAA postseason competition.

Academically, Sacramento State athletics recently posted its highest graduation rates in the Div. I era.  Over the last nine years, Sacramento State teams have received national APR recognition 14 times, the second highest total among Big Sky Conference institutions and tied for the most honors among all NCAA Div. I institutions in the California State University system.

"Terry has overseen dramatic changes in our Athletics Department and has worked to build relationships at all levels that have advanced the success of our programs," Sacramento State President Dr. Alexander Gonzalez said.
 
"Our intercollegiate programs are competing at a higher level, with success that includes conference championships and victories in multiple sports against schools with much greater financial resources. Support from the local community has increased, and many of our facilities and services for student-athletes have improved. Student-athletes frequently have a higher GPA than our overall student body.
 
"I will always appreciate Terry’s singular dedication to our student-athletes. He made it a priority to know them not just as athletes, but as students and individuals. He knows our student-athletes’ backgrounds, their family members, the difficulties they have overcome, and their aspirations for their lives and careers."

The 2008-09 West Region Athletic Director of the Year for the Football Championship Subdivision, Wanless has overseen significant enhancement to the athletic facilities. Those changes include the resurfacing of the main and practice tracks and FieldTurf installation at Hornet Stadium, the Athletics Center and the Broad Fieldhouse.

"Our baseball program and myself would like to thank Dr. Wanless for all that he's done for us during the four years that I've been here," head baseball coach Reggie Christiansen said. "All the hard work he's done behind the scenes has been instrumental to our success on the field. He is a mentor and friend and is certainly someone that I'm going to miss."

Wanless’ efforts to put the Hornets on the map were also instrumental in Sacramento State hosting seven NCAA Championship events during his tenure. That includes four track and field championships, two rowing championships and one volleyball championship, as well as the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and the 2014 U.S. Track and Field Championships.

"Dr. Wanless gave me the opportunity to coach at the Div. I level and that is something for which I will always be grateful," Director of Golf David Sutherland said. "He's been a friend and role model for me throughout my time at Sacramento State and was a strong advocate for the golf program. On behalf of our current team and former players we want to thank him for all that he has done."

Prior to coming to Sacramento State, Wanless served as the Director of Athletics at the University of North Dakota, Western Carolina University and Towson University. In all, teams combined to win 100 conference titles and four NCAA national championships under his watch.

Deputy Athletics Director Bill Macriss has agreed to serve as Interim Director of Athletics while the University develops a transition plan for the department.

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