PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Big 5 has announced that Steve Bilsky will become its Executive Director. Bilsky, who will retire as Director of Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania in June, will assume his new role in July.
“The Big 5 Athletic Directors could not imagine a better person to assume this position than Steve,” said Dr. Thomas Brennan, Director of Athletics at La Salle University, and Chair of the Big 5 Athletic Director Council. “The Big 5 is an historic institution in Philadelphia, and Steve understands its importance, the landscape of Philadelphia sports, and the challenges and opportunities facing all of the Big 5 schools.”
“It is a real honor to represent my friends and colleagues at La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Villanova and, of course, Penn,” said Bilsky. “More than 60 years ago, those Athletic Directors had a vision which became an enterprise that has never been matched by any city in our country. While collegiate athletics has certainly changed over time, I can say proudly that the commitment to this institution called the Big 5 remains as strong as ever.”
Bilsky’s role will be to consult with the schools and facilitate related activity, including Big 5 competition, community partnerships, corporate sponsorships, and special events. Bilsky also will chair the recently formed Big 5 Advisory Board, made up of distinguished alumni from all five schools.
Bilsky will retire from Penn after 20 years as its Director of Athletics. Prior to that role, he was the Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics at The George Washington University. He was a star guard on the Penn basketball team of the late 1960s and early 1970s, considered among the best teams in Big 5 history. He is a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame.