W&M athletics director Terry Driscoll announces retirement

WILLIAMSBURG (WAVY) — Terry Driscoll, the longtime athletics director at William & Mary, announced on Tuesday that will retire in 2017.

Driscoll has led William & Mary’s athletic department for the last 21 years and he is the longest tenured AD in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Tribe’s athletic teams enjoyed tremendous success under Driscoll’s watch. Overall, varsity teams have compiled a league-best 114 Colonial Athletic Association championships. Tribe teams have won no less than three conference crowns in any of the previous 21 seasons he has been at the head of the program.

Academically, Driscoll has overseen a program in which 118 teams have had NCAA graduation rates of 100 percent. Since the CAA instituted its scholar athlete of the year award in 2002-03, W&M has won 67 awards, 26 more than the next highest school. William & Mary has won the overall award eight times, more than any two schools combined, and in 2014-15 swept the overall men’s and women’s awards.

Driscoll was also instrumental in improvements to facilities and donations. He has overseen the construction of more than $50 million in new facilities, including Plumeri Park (baseball), Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field (lacrosse and soccer) and the Millie West Tennis Facility (tennis). The most recent additions include the Zable Stadium renovation, which features a new state-of-the-art playing surface, and the Joe Plumeri Indoor Baseball Practice Facility.

W&M also dedicated the 30,000 square-foot Jimmye Laycock Football Center at Zable Stadium in 2008. The stadium has also been enhanced with the installation of a permanent lighting system in 2006 and a new video scoreboard a year later.

Driscoll has also worked with Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development Bobby Dwyer to increase the annual fundraising totals for non-capital projects from $1.36 million in 1995 to the current annual total of more than $4 million.

“It’s an exciting time for the Tribe and I’m proud about what we’ve accomplished together, but it’s time for me to go, personally as well as professionally,” Driscoll said in a statement released by the school. “The future is bright, and someone coming in now with this long-term plan in place can hopefully take this foundation we’ve set and take it to the next level. There are going to be challenges but we can say, ‘We want every student-athlete to have this experience, and they have to graduate at this graduation rate and we want to make this the best place to work so we can continue to attract the right kind of people.’”

His final day on the job will be June 30, 2017.