Irish Connection returns to take you behind-the-scenes of the 2011 Notre Dame Football Awards Show - onto the stage for the preview show and the red carpet.
Bill Scholl is in his third year as deputy director of athletics at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. He works with the Irish football squad on a daily basis from an administrative standpoint, working in concert with athletics director Jack Swarbrick in that regard.
Serving as one of the department's two deputy directors, Scholl focuses his attention on external functions such as development, the Team Notre Dame program, marketing and ticketing operations. Among those areas reporting to Scholl is the newly created position designed to manage the department's relationship with former student-athletes.
A 22-year veteran of the Notre Dame athletics department, Bill Scholl was promoted to senior associate athletics director in October 2004. His primary duties in that role included the creation, coordination, management and implementation of all annual, endowment, and capital development activities on behalf of the athletics department in alignment with the University's central development office. In coordination with the central development office, Scholl oversees the Rockne Heritage Fund -- the first-ever athletics annual fund that directly benefits student-athlete grant-in-aid scholarships. This is in support of the University's scholarship implementation plan that now offers the full NCAA complement (more than 320) grant-in-aid scholarships to Irish student-athletes in all 26 varsity sports.
Prior to his position as senior associate athletics director, Scholl spent three years as the associate athletics director for marketing and was executive director of the Notre Dame Monogram Club, an organization of Notre Dame student-athletes, student managers and cheerleaders who have earned monograms during their years at Notre Dame through participation in one or more of its intercollegiate sports.
In addition, Scholl oversaw all aspects of the athletics ticket office, including ticketing, parking, staffing, systems and customer relations. His previous sport administration duties included providing supervision for the men's soccer as well as assisting the director of athletics with the men's basketball program.
Prior to being named an associate athletic director and the executive director of the Monogram Club, Scholl served seven years as an assistant athletic director for marketing, overseeing the Notre Dame marketing and promotions programs. As the promotions manager at Notre Dame, he greatly expanded the horizons of Notre Dame's Olympic sports profile. Scholl was responsible for developing and implementing marketing and promotions plans for all athletic events. His activities included coordinating special events, giveaways, clinics, group nights and other general functions that broadened the community's awareness of Notre Dame's Olympic sports.
The former director of financial development for the 1987 International Summer Special Olympic Games, Scholl served in the same position for one year at South Bend's Logan Center which offers services to persons with developmental disabilities. He also spent five years with the Juhl Advertising Agency in Mishawaka, Ind. While working for Special Olympics, the Lakewood, Ohio, native was responsible for raising a $4.8 million budget from national and local corporations, foundations, governments, special events and the general public. Through his efforts, the final amount raised for the `87 Games was in excess of $8 million. In June 2000, the Notre Dame Monogram Club awarded him an honorary monogram.
Born Sept. 2, 1957, Scholl is a 1979 Notre Dame graduate. He and his wife, Julie, have three children: Michael (a 2009 Notre Dame graduate), Stefanie (a senior at Ball State University) and Kelly (a sophomore at Notre Dame).