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Moos to retire as Huskers’ AD; Klassy named interim

LINCOLN, Neb. - Bill Moos announced Friday that he is retiring as Nebraska's athletic director. His last day will be June 30th.

Moos arrived in Lincoln in 2017 after serving in the same role at Washington State University. His 40-year career in collegiate athletics has included more 25 years as a Division I athletic director.

He made multiple splash hires during his tenure, including head football coach Scott Frost, head basketball coach Fred Hoiberg and head baseball coach Will Bolt. 

In nearly four years at Nebraska, Moos has hired a total of 12 Husker head coaches. Moos has also spearheaded numerous Nebraska facility projects, most notably the Go B1G project, which began construction this spring.

"To understand just how special Nebraska is, you need to spend time here, meet our people, visit our cities and towns and sit in Memorial Stadium in a sea of red on a Saturday afternoon in the fall," Moos said in a written statement issued by the university. "I step away completely content, knowing that our athletic program is reborn and rebuilt and that it has a solid, stable foundation."

During Moos' time at Nebraska, Husker Athletics continued to rank among the national leaders in attendance in numerous sports, and continued nation-leading sellout streaks in football and volleyball.

"I have been so fortunate to work as the Director of Athletics at four wonderful schools and have seen a lot but I have never witnessed and experienced the passion of fans like we have at Nebraska. The unflinching support of our programs and of our university is inspiring and unmatched. I have visited every part of our great state and engaged with thousands of Husker fans over the years, and there truly is no place like Nebraska." 

Moos said much of what he accomplished was “hard to quantify and even harder for our passionate fans and supporters to see” but he said the work has “laid the groundwork for success that will soon be evident on the scoreboards.”

Moos’ contract with the Huskers was set to expire at the end of 2022. The 70-year-old Moos surprised many with the announcement, as he had said publicly he wanted to stay in the job until he was comfortable the Cornhuskers' football program had been turned around. He made public statements stating those intentions as recent as last week during the athletic department's Big Red Blitz.

"I respect Bill Moos' decision to retire and I want to thank him for his service to Husker Athletics and our university," Chancellor Ronnie Green said.

”We will miss Bill and Kendra but wish them all the best in the future.  I am grateful to Bill for all the work he has done and laying the groundwork for our future in Athletics," Nebraska football coach Scott Frost said.

“I have tremendous confidence in Chancellor Ronnie Green, his leadership, and ability to select our next Athletic Director. I know the leader he chooses will be able to help not only our football program, but all of athletic programs at this great University, be successful," Frost said.

In addition to his time at Nebraska, Moos has served as the Athletic Director at Montana (1990-95), Oregon (1995-2007) and his alma mater Washington State (2010-17). Moos began his athletic career as an athletic administrator in 1982 as assistant athletic director at Washington State. He also served as the school's associate athletic director (1988-90). He was co-captain on the Cougars' 1972 squad and garnered first-team All-Pac-8 Conference honors. 

Senior Deputy Athletic Director for External Relations Garrett Klassy has been tabbed as the program's interim athletic director. Klassy joined the Huskers' athletic department in 2019 after spending two years as the athletic director at the University of Illinois at Chicago.