A member of the Sacramento State Athletics family since 1996 and a Hornet administrator since 2000, Bill Macriss was appointed the University’s Athletics Director on March 9, 2015. Macriss had served as the Interim Athletics Director for slightly more than eight months, until University President Alexander Gonzalez removed the interim tag.
Under Macriss’ watch (he was appointed Interim A.D. on July 1, 2014), Sacramento State athletics has seen unprecedented success. The Hornet football and men’s and women’s basketball programs have combined for the most wins in a season in the school’s NCAA Div. I era. In fact, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams qualified for the postseason for the first time in the Div. I era (1991-pres.), and the football program finished with a record above .500 for just the fifth time in the Div. I era.
During the fall of 2014, Hornet student-athletes recorded their best academic semester in school history, raising their cumulative GPA above a 3.0 for the first time while continuing to outperform the general student body. During that semester, 270 student-athletes had a GPA above 3.0, including 127 who posted at least a 3.5 and 17 with a perfect 4.0.
This year has also seen a 47 percent increase in memberships to the Hornet Club — the athletics fundraising arm — in terms of membership and dollars raised. Macriss was also instrumental in helping secure funds for capital projects including the planned installation of lights at the baseball stadium and the creation of sand volleyball courts on campus.
Macriss served as the Deputy Director of Athletics from August of 2007 until July of 2014. In that role, he assisted with the overall operations of the department of athletics. His day-to-day responsibilities included oversight of the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball and sand volleyball as well as the areas of media relations, event management, equipment management and technology support.
In addition, Macriss served on the department’s Academic Improvement Plan committee, and worked closely with University faculty, staff and administrators as a member of campus-wide branding, marketing and communications initiatives. He has also served on each of the department’s last two Strategic Planning Committees
In addition to his on-campus duties, Macriss works closely with the Sacramento Sports Commission and the Sacramento Convention & Visitor’s Bureau to bring national events to the region. Recently, Sacramento State was selected as the host institution for NCAA Regionals in men’s basketball (2017), outdoor track & field (2018) and cross country (2016). Also, Sacramento State served as the host site of the 2014 USA Track & Field Championships.
Previously, Macriss served as the Championship Director for the 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships and as the Media Operations Director for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field. He was also instrumental in helping the University serve as the host site for the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions in 2010 and 2011.
Macriss had served as Associate Athletics Director at Sacramento State from 2000-07 and began his career with the Hornets in October of 1996 as media relations director. Prior to Sacramento State, he served in a media relations capacity at Cal State Bakersfield (1994-96), Utah State (1988-90, 91-94) and Southern Utah (1990-91).
A native of Deerfield, Ill., Macriss holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Utah State. He and his wife, Holly, have two children, John Robert and Samantha.