Bill Villa has been named as the Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association’s newly created position of executive director, HIADA board president Deren Oshiro announced Monday.
Villa recently announced that he will be retiring from his current position of Chaminade athletic director at the conclusion of this academic year. He held that post for 12 years.
Villa was Chaminade’s first full-time AD. During his tenure, he expanded schedules for the school’s 10 sports, added full-time athletic department staff positions, established a fundraising gala and golf tournament, and oversaw the planning, development, and opening of Chaminade’s coaches’ offices, locker rooms, and athletic training facility, according to a news release from HIADA.
A 1971 Kamehameha graduate, Villa was a multi-sport athlete for the Warriors who also went on to play junior varsity basketball for the University of Hawaii during the school’s famed Fab Five year. He worked nearly two decades in the insurance business and also coached basketball at Kamehameha and Assets School. He was also the athletic director at Assets School for nine years and Mid-Pacific for six years.
“I am extremely excited to have Bill join us as our executive director,” Oshiro, who is also the athletic director at Hawaii Baptist, said in the release. “He brings a wealth of experience as he spent a lot of time in the corporate world in addition to being involved in both high school and college athletics as a player, coach, and administrator. Most importantly, he has proven to be a galvanizer of people under his charge, someone who can communicate effectively with groups who have differing opinions.”
Villa stated in the release, “I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the HIADA executive director. I will do my very best to serve our state’s high school athletic directors in ways that enhance the outstanding work that they already do. I am looking forward to this opportunity to reacquaint myself with many former colleagues and friends, as well as to establish positive working relationships with new athletic directors.”
Villa’s primary duties will be to oversee HIADA (which recently incorporated as a nonprofit) and serve as its liaison with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
HIADA represents athletic administrators from all of the 96 public and independent member high schools in the Hawaii.
The annual HIADA conference in June is held, in part, to review, amend or institute rules governing Hawaii high school sports. Proposals passed by HIADA do not become effective unless they are also approved by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, which is in charge of running all of the state’s high school tournaments.
HIADA’s mission statement, in part, reads: “Our purpose is to provide for the personal and professional growth, development, and collaboration of athletic administrators of Hawaii High School Athletic Association member schools through the transparent exchange of ideas and consistent adherence to approved policies and protocols.”