MSU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Suzy Merchant
I’d like to echo a big thank you to all of you for showing up here at Michigan State and to support Bill. I would say welcome to the Spartan Family, but that’s certainly not the case, I see your kids are all geared-up, too, so they know that well. But, officially, welcome to the Spartan Athletics Family. We appreciate you being here.

In the last five months as Bill has been our interim athletic director, he has just been a tremendous resource for all of us coaches and to guide us through some of the transitions that we’ve had to deal with. He’s a wonderful man. I think all of us coaches that are standing here – I have an opportunity to speak with today – but we all feel that way. He’s a great leader, and I think some of his past experiences, the roles he has had at this university certainly will translate extremely well within the athletic department. Mark mentioned leadership, and as he said it comes in many different forms and we are thrilled that Bill is going to be our new leader here in the athletic department. So, Bill, officially, welcome to the family, congratulations. We’re so proud that you represent all of us and the great Spartan Nation. Go Green!

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