Marquette names Williams new AD

Marquette named Larry Williams as its new vice president and director of athletics on Monday.

Williams will begin at Marquette on January 2 and will report directly to Marquette University President Scott Pilarz.

"After personally reviewing and interviewing a highly talented group of applicants and consulting with an outstanding Search Committee, I know that Larry Williams is the right choice to lead Marquette Athletics into its next great chapter," Pilarz said.

Williams had been the athletic director at the University of Portland since 2004.

Under Williams' guidance, the Pilots won a NCAA Division I Championship in women's soccer in 2005 and earned top ten finishes in men's cross country and first-ever national rankings in men���s basketball, baseball and tennis.

"Marquette is one of the elite names in collegiate athletics. But after getting to know the people here, it was clear to me that this was a program with not only a storied history, but an extremely bright future. Just as importantly, it was a place my family and I could call home," said Williams.

"As I join this community, I look forward to working with an outstanding group of coaches, staff members and student athletes, and getting to know the alumni and fans who love this great university."