After announcing Tuesday that he will retire from his post, William and Mary Athletic Director Terry Driscoll sat down for a media gathering and said, "It's not over yet. I still have to work for nine months."
The retirement of Driscoll, the longest-tenured athletic director in the Colonial Athletic Association at 21 years, will be effective June 30.
His successor has not been announced, and Driscoll said he will work with the new AD for a month or two during the transition.
Driscoll was an All-American basketball player at Boston College and the fourth player taken in the 1969 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. The grandfather of five said the timing was right for retirement and William and Mary's athletics program is well-positioned for the future.
Driscoll said, "I reached a time in my life where there are things that are important to me and at this particular time, the things that are important (to me), and to my family, are not really as compatible as they have been with being an athletic director. The time is a big part of it."
On Driscoll's watch, William and Mary varsity teams have compiled a league-best 114 CAA championships and have won no less than three conference crowns in any of the previous 21 seasons he has led the program.
In those seasons, 118 teams have had NCAA graduation rates of 100 percent and since the CAA instituted its scholar athlete of the year award in 2002-03, William and Mary has won 67 awards, 26 more than the next-highest school.
"Our varsity programs have enjoyed extraordinary competitive and educational success during the Driscoll years," William and Mary President Taylor Reveley said. "As athletics director and as a member of the campus community, Terry has been a stalwart colleague and wonderful friend."
Driscoll arrived at William and Mary after working in sports marketing.
Driscoll oversaw 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 and the Joe Plumeri Indoor Baseball Practice Facility.
"He came in from a business perspective and has worked to learn the ins and outs of the athletic side," William and Mary football coach Jimmye Laycock said. "He has really grown into the position and he's been extremely supportive of our program and what our needs are... You look at a lot of the stuff we have here now that we didn't have – He had a lot to do with that."
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