Willamette University Names UC-Santa Cruzs Majeski as Director of Athletics

Willamette University announced today the appointment of Mark Majeski, as its new director of athletics. Majeski, who has been director of athletics at the University of California-Santa Cruz for the past five years, will begin at Willamette on Oct. 16.

Majeski will succeed Bill Trenbeath, who is retiring after 13 years as Willamette athletics director and 27 years with the University. Trenbeath, who turns 60 next Thursday, will remain on staff through the end of October to assist in the transition.

Majeski, 33, earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1989 from Menlo College in Menlo, Calif. This year he will receive a master's in education, with an emphasis in administration, from San Jose State University.

Prior to coming to UC-Santa Cruz, Majeski was an assistant athletics director, sports information director and intramural director at Menlo for four years (1991-95).

At Santa Cruz Majeski managed a 12-sport NCAA Division III athletics program in addition to eight club sports. He increased permanent funding for women's sports by more than $50,000 and elevated men and women's water polo from club to varsity status.

Majeski also created a booster club at UC-Santa Cruz and orchestrated a student fee funding initiative with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Majeski also has a background in coaching. He served as both assistant women's basketball coach (1996-97) and interim head women's basketball coach (1998-99) at UC-Santa Cruz. While at Menlo, he coached the women's softball team from 1993-95. He also coached at the prep level at Menlo High School, working with boys and girls basketball and track & field teams from 1992-94.

Majeski worked the 1999 NCAA Division I Final Four in San Jose, was on the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games in the summer of 1996, and was an assistant to the director of operations for the 1994 World Cup (soccer) held at Stanford University.

In the 13-plus years under Trenbeath's direction, the Willamette athletic department:

  • Won the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball championship (1993)
  • Added women's golf and men's and women's rowing
  • Made the transition from NAIA to NCAA (fall of 1998)
  • Saw the construction of Roy S. "Spec" Keene Stadium for baseball, a boathouse and dock for rowing, and a new softball facility
  • And saw the renovation of Charles E. McCulloch Stadium for football and track & field, and the expansion of the Lestle J. Sparks Center.