You may remember a well-received Ron Wellman post from this summer. Today, we highlight another university whose athletic director knows what he’s doing – The University of Michigan and Bill Martin. Hat tip to long-time SFN commenter Noah for sending this in (although the snarky title is all mine):
Bill Martin, athletic director at the University of Michigan, announced on Wednesday that he will be stepping down on September 4, 2010.
Previously, Martin served as the head of the United States Sailing Foundation and the board of directors for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Martin was also hugely successful in both real estate and banking, founding both the First Martin Corporation and the Bank of Ann Arbor.
In 2000, when Martin took over, Michigan was behind the eight-ball both in terms of facilities and fundraising. Since taking over, he has overseen the construction of a complete overhaul to Michigan Stadium, the construction of a new indoor practice facility for football, and massive renovations for hockey, baseball, and wrestling. Next year, Michigan will break ground on its new basketball practice facility.
He has also conducted two extremely high-profile, successful coaching searches, resulting in the acquisition of the services of both Rich Rodriguez and John Beilein.
Through 2008-09, Michigan teams won 72 conference regular-season or tournament championships, including 11 titles in 2003-04 and eight apiece in 2004-05 and 2007-08. The Wolverines recorded 35 top-five national finishes during that same span, highlighted by eight top-fives in 2003-04.
During his decade in Ann Arbor, Michigan won:
Two national championships;
57 conference championships;
12 conference tournament titles; and,
Three conference regular-season dual-meet titles for wrestling.