Bemidji State University President Dr. Richard A. Hanson announced Tracy Dill as the University’s next director of intercollegiate athletics April 25, 2013. Dill joins Beaver Athletics after 27 years at St. Cloud State University, where he has served as associate athletic director since 1999.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tracy Dill to Bemidji State University and Beaver Athletics,” Hanson said. “During our search process, he rose to the top in a pool of strong, highly qualified candidates. Tracy has a proven track record as a leader in athletic administration who has the capacity to help our student-athletes achieve success. His experience in fundraising, marketing and external relations will help our programs move forward and his experience as a collegiate coach will bring perspective and support to our coaching staff on a day-to-day basis.”
“Tracy Dill is an excellent fit for our programs and for our University. His experience and perspective will serve our commitment to individual and team excellence very well”
“My wife and I are extremely excited about Bemidji State and the opportunity for me to be its next athletic director,” Dill said. “We are excited to get to know the community, the campus and the Bemidji area.”
“I think there are good things happening at BSU, and a there is great opportunity to build upon what is already in place to continue to move the programs forward.”
A graduate of William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Dill has more than three decades of experience in collegiate athletics. He began his professional career in 1981 as an admissions counselor and assistant football coach at his alma mater. During that time he assisted in the coordination of student and student-athlete recruiting in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. He was an assistant coach for the football program. In 1985, Dill’s duties shifted as he was he was hired to take over the Statesmen track and field teams and was named intramural director in addition to coaching linebackers as assistant football coach.
In 1988, Dill left William Penn to take a position as assistant coach with the St. Cloud State football program. He remained involved in the recruiting process and added game-plan preparation and play selection to his duties coaching defensive backs, quarterbacks and running backs.
Dill’s roots in track and field led him to the role of head coach of the Husky men’s track and field team beginning in 1988. He assumed control of all aspects of the track and field program while retaining his role as assistant football coach during the fall .
In 1995, Dill was promoted to assistant athletic director and remained head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams. His move into administration thrust him into budget management, scheduling, game management, fund raising and promotions. He served as the advisor to St. Cloud State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and provided oversight to the Husky Booster Clubs. In addition, he was also involved in the development of strategies for compliance with Title IX and the implementation of department drug and alcohol policies.
In 1999, Dill left coaching and moved full time into administration. In his role as associate athletic director at St. Cloud State, he has been responsible for sponsorships and marketing efforts for the Huskies’ 23-program athletics department, as well as television radio and web-streaming rights and ticket sales. He has continued to oversee all aspects of game management and was appointed to work with an external team to enhance student participation and attendance at home athletics events. He has also taken an active role in the development of the department’s strategic plan. Dill’s position supervises assistant athletic directors and the Huskies’ strength and conditioning program.
During his coaching tenure at St. Cloud State, Dill mentored 37 NCAA Division II track and field All-Americans, which included two individual national champions. In football, he helped develop 36 All-North Central Conference selections, and his running backs helped the Huskies lead the conference in rushing four times.
In addition to an English degree from William Penn, Dill holds a master’s degree in athletic administration from St. Cloud State.
Dill and his wife, Kristy, have two grown sons. Trey lives in Hermantown, Minn., with his wife Holly and is the defensive line coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and Tye is a resident of Minneapolis.