Now in his 19th year at his alma mater, Steve Bilsky has created a rich environment for student-athletes to thrive athletically and academically.
During his tenure, 89 Penn teams have earned conference championships in 22 different sports. Penn has been honored with more than 369 Academic All-Ivy honorees, 34 Ivy League Players of the Year, and 134 All-Americans.
To support that success, Bilsky has made efforts to secure the best facilities and coaching for Penn. Since raising $800,000 in 1994, Penn Athletics has nearly quadrupled the athletic department's annual Weightman Fund. In addition, Penn Athletics has built or renovated nearly 20 facilities, most recently the state-of-the-art George A. Weiss Pavilion which was completed in 2010, and Penn Park which was completed in September 2011.
In terms of personnel, the department has received specific donations to endow 10 head coaching positions as well as the Penn Relays directorship.
Bilsky has also raised Penn's profile nationally, as during his tenure the University has been the host institution for six NCAA Championship events.
In 1996, Bilsky formed the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame and inducted the first class; a total of seven classes have been inducted since then, most recently Class VIII in May 2012.
Before returning to Penn in 1994, Bilsky was executive director of the Department of Athletics and Recreation at George Washington University. Prior to that, he was assistant director of athletics at Penn (1979-83). His educational background includes a Master's degree in counseling psychology from the Oregon in 1975, and a bachelor's in economics from Penn's Wharton School in 1971.
A basketball standout, Bilsky was a three-time All-Ivy guard and captained a Penn team that was arguably the greatest in program history -- in 1970-71, the Quakers went undefeated through the regular season and NCAA Tournament before falling in the East Regional final. Bilsky is a member of the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame (1988), the Penn Athletic Hall of Fame (1998), and the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2002). He will be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in April 2013.
Bilsky's wife, Sue, is a 1975 graduate of the Penn College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education. She also holds a Master's degree from Wharton. Their son, Jeff, and daughter, Katie, both recently graduated from Penn, and Jeff is currently receiving his MBA at Wharton.