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Bill Byrne
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: 2002 Inductee, Athletics Director (1982-92)

Migrating to Oregon as associate athletics director in 1982 following three years at San Diego State, he left a legacy as a tremendous fund raiser as well as providing the resources for the Ducks to become successful on and off the field. He helped establish fund-raising offices in Portland and southern Oregon before being promoted to director of athletics as one of the nation’s youngest Division I ADs (39) in 1984. During his eight-year tenure, the energetic innovator oversaw a department budget which increased from $5.2 million to almost $13 million, spearheaded facility improvements of Autzen Stadium and Hayward Field, lobbied the state legislature for financial assistance for intercollegiate athletics at each of the state universities, helped provide the guidance for the formation of the department’s in-house Oregon Sports Network radio and television networks, and successfully risked committing to 14,000 Independence Bowl tickets in 1989 to end a 26-year post-season drought and help pave the way for 10 bowl appearances in the last 13 years. However no accomplishment was more vital to the rejuvenation of the university’s athletics department than the completion of the $12 million Len Casanova Athletic Center in 1991. The dramatic facilities improvement coincided with the good fortunes on the field laid the foundation for the department’s unprecedented success which was unthinkable before his arrival.
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