Northland Promotes Dir. of Athletics, Names Interim Women's Hoops Coach

Posted at: 11/21/2013 10:55 PM
Updated at: 11/22/2013 10:10 AM
By: Steve Fabiilli

Bill Wilson, Lulu Seelye
Bill Wilson, Lulu Seelye
Photo: Northland College

ASHLAND, Wis. - Northland has promoted Bill Wilson from part-time to full-time Director of Athletics effective immediately. For the past two years, Wilson split his time as part-time head women's basketball coach and part-time Director of Athletics.

Northland named Lulu Seelye, assistant women's basketball coach and a former Northland LumberJill women's basketball standout, interim head women's basketball coach.

"Northland is continuing to strengthen and expand our faculty and staff, academic and student support programs and our athletic programs as well," said Northland College President Michael A. Miller, Ph.D. "Over the past year, our strategic planning process has identified a number of opportunities for us to further expand and strengthen our programs while also building our enrollments."

Miller noted that several significant opportunities have recently become available to the Athletics Program due to the hard work on planning that's occurred over the past 12-20 months.

According to Miller, chief among those opportunities are expanded needs for donor, alumni and community outreach and relationship building. Another key opportunity moving forward much more rapidly than expected, added Miller, is a plan to repurpose the space now occupied by the closed Northland pool.

"Planning and financial support for this building project is moving forward so rapidly we're not yet prepared to announce the plan but demolition of the existing pool mechanical room is anticipated to begin within the next month," said Miller. "We're eager to publically share Northland's plan for this building in the near future and we know that with Bill's involvement, it will be properly equipped, programmed and managed."

Wilson has served in a dual role as Director of Athletics and head women's basketball coach since being appointed Director of Athletics in December 2011. He joined Northland as head women's basketball coach in 2009 and compiled a 51-51 record in his four years leading the program. In 2010 he led the LumberJills to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and in 2012 his team was recognized with a WBCA National Academic Top 25 Award for having earned the highest average GPA of any Division III athletic team in the nation.

"I'm excited to be able to now dedicate 100 percent of my energy to the growth and advancement of the Northland College athletics programs," said Wilson. "I'm happy to be able to turn the coaching reigns over to a former player and my assistant coach the past two years, Lulu Seelye. She's a very capable player and coach whose loyalty to Northland College is unmatched."

Seelye, a 2012, graduate of Northland College with a major in Business Administration and minor in Coaching, played for the LumberJills four years. In that time she accumulated career totals of 782 points, 380 rebounds, 270 assists and 109 steals. She served as Team Captain in 2011-12, won the team's Leadership Award in 2011-12 and recognitions as an All-UMAC honorable mention athlete in 2010-11 and 2011-12. In 2008-09 Seeyle was a member of the LumberJill's regular season and tournament champions team and in 2009-10 the LumberJill's NCAA Division III National Tournament team.

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