June 8, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College has named Bill Wnek Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare. The former Greyhound soccer and tennis standout, has served as assistant men's soccer coach at Loyola for the past eight years and replaces Robin Truiett, who left her position last fall.
"Being involved with Loyola College for the last 13 years, I obviously hold the school in very high regard," says Wnek. "I've been fortunate to serve my alma mater in a number of capacities and look forward to this challenging and exciting opportunity."
Wnek will oversee the athletic department's NCAA compliance issues. He moves into the role of assistant athletic director, becoming the fourth Loyola alumnus to currently hold such a position. Teddi Burns '86 (associate athletic director), Dave Gerrity '87 and Marty Kelly '85 all serve Loyola in the same administrative capacity.
"Bill Wnek personifies the best of Loyola College," says Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. "He was an excellent student-athlete, has worked in a variety of positions at the College and has done a tremendous job as assistant soccer coach."
Wnek starred on both the soccer field and tennis court as a student-athlete at Evergreen. A native of Lawrenceville, N.J., he led the Loyola College soccer team to four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles and a four-year mark of 62-20-6. In 1993, Wnek guided the 'Hounds to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a South Atlantic Region runner-up finish. A three-time All-MAAC selection, Wnek was the conference's Player of the Year in 1994 when he led the league in scoring with 14 goals and eight assists. He currently ranks 14th among Loyola's career scoring leaders with 34 goals and 14 assists for career 82 points.
"Bill Wnek and I have enjoyed a successful partnership as coaches at Loyola College," says head soccer coach Mark Mettrick. "I'm sorry to see him go, however, I do think this is a very good opportunity and we are all happy for him and very happy that he will be staying in the athletic department."
After his soccer career ended, Wnek became a mainstay for the men's tennis team, earning team Most Valuable Player honors in 1996. In two seasons, Wnek posted an impressive 38-6 record in singles' play and finished 20-5 in doubles' competition. He also served as an assistant coach to Greyhound Head Coach Rick McClure while attending graduate school at Loyola.
A 1995 graduate of Loyola with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Wnek then received his M.B.A. from Loyola in 1997. As a coach, he has helped the 'Hounds win six regular season MAAC titles while taking two conference tournament championships.
"Bill [Wnek] has all the necessary skills and talent to enhance the welfare of our student-athletes," says Boylan. "We are excited to have him as a member of the athletic administration because we know he can make a difference."