Bill Chaves, MA Sports Administration '88, Director of Athletics at EWU

Bill Chaves has been honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as one of 28 winners of the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award. Chaves, is concluding his sixth year of the helm of the Eastern Washington University (EWU) athletic department.

Chaves has brought stability, progressive leadership and innovation to Eastern since his arrival in 2007.  His tenure has been punctuated by the installation of the first red synthetic football surface world-wide in 2010. After garnering tremendous attention for EWU with this installation, the football team promptly went undefeated (8-0) on the turf en route to the program’s first-ever FCS national title. Chaves has also overseen several recently-completed projects, including new seating at Reese Court, a $1.5 million locker room update project, and video board installation at both Roos Field and Reese Court.

Away from the classroom and playing fields, Chaves initiated a partnership with Special Olympics-Washington, where all of its athletic programs assist with several initiatives each academic year.  Chaves and his wife, Liz, have three children; Erin (13), Derek (10) and Kevin (8).