William Woods AD York to retire in June 2011

William Woods University athletic director Larry York will retire June 30, 2011, school president Jahnae H. Barnett announced Thursday. York has served as the school’s AD since January 2000.

“It has been a pleasure to work at William Woods University the last 11-plus years,” York said. “There are so many great people at the Woods who really care about the students. It has been great to work side-by-side with so many true professionals.

“Every effort is made to ensure that each student has a positive educational experience. That cumulative attitude has made it a joy for me to come to school every day.”

Barnett noted that she will miss York’s work ethic and professionalism, two keys to his sucess at William Woods.

“During his time at William Woods, Larry has overseen the expansion of the department both on and off the field of play,” Barnett said. “He was instrumental in the addition of men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field and men’s basketball.

“He also played a major role in the creation of a full-time strength and conditioning coaching position and program at William Woods.”

York was named the NAIA Region V and American Midwest Conference Athletic Director of the Year in 2006-07. He has also been an effective leader within the university community. York played a key role in the creation of the school’s master of education degree in athletics/activities administration, implemented in 2006.

William Woods has improved the playing surface, lighting and sound at nearly every facility under York’s leadership. The department now has a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility and indoor training facility.

“I will miss working with the young men and women who attend the university,” York said. “I will miss the young coaches who, in many cases, are just beginning a career in coaching, and I will miss the faculty and staff who go the extra mile to provide the richest experience possible for their students and their co-workers.”

Prior to his stint at William Woods, York was the athletic director at Jefferson City High School — where he had worked since 1972. He was voted the Missouri 4A Track Coach of the Year in 1978, and was inducted into the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 1986.

York graduated from Quincy (Ill.) High School, where he was an all-state football player. He was inducted into the Quincy High School Hall of Fame in 2001.

York went on to play football at the University of Missouri, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics/biology and physiology education. He received his master’s degree in school administration from Lincoln University in 1980.

York and his wife, Becky, have two children and five grandchildren.

“It is time to move on to the next phase of my life,” York said. “I plan to explore more deeply the many interests I have developed over the years and I am truly looking forward to spending more time with our children, with our grandchildren, travelling and working on our farm.”

William Woods basketball (M).........65

Lindenwood University-Belleville.....55

GREENVILLE, Ill. — The Owls shot 52 percent (13-of-25) in the second half to take control Friday night at Greenville College’s Panther Paws for Poverty Tournament.

William Woods University went into halftime with a slim 25-24 lead, but outscored Lindenwood 40-31 in the second half.

Sophomore guard Logan Decker tallied a game-high 18 points to spur three players in double figures for the Owls (2-8). Decker finished 6-of-7 from the field, including a flawless 4-of-4 from 3-point range.

Sophomore guard Kelsey Bardell also supplied 13 points for William Woods and junior guard Robert Williams added 10. The Owls shot 41 percent (22-of-54) as a team and committed 16 turnovers.

Junior forward Adam Otto collected a game-high 10 rebounds to carry William Woods to a 44-35 advantage on the boards.

Dorel Sutherland and Devon Weaver scored 13 points apiece to pace Lindenwood (3-8), which shot just 38 percent (24-of-63) from the field and recorded 11 turnovers.

The Owls played host Greenville in the tournament championship late Saturday afternoon. Results were not available at press time. The Panthers advanced with a 99-94 victory over Mid-Continent in Friday night’s other matchup.

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