Tom Holmoe - 2005 to present
Tom Holmoe was named Director of Athletics at Brigham Young University on March 1, 2005. He oversees a nationally recognized program with 21 intercollegiate sports, involving more than 600 student-athletes and a 150-person staff.
Since Holmoe's appointment, BYU has captured 30 Mountain West Conference championships, and more than 100 student-athletes have earned All-America status. Over the past two seasons, both the football and men's basketball teams have enjoyed tremendous success. The football team captured back-to-back conference titles while recording a perfect 16-0 record in MWC play. The basketball team also won back-to-back MWC titles and currently holds the nation's longest home winning streak at 47 games.
A former Cougar defensive back from 1978-82, Holmoe returned to BYU in July 2001 as Associate Athletics Director for Development. As part of his responsibilities, he supervised the Cougar Club, served as the department's liaison with the LDS Foundation, served on the BYU Alumni Association Board of Directors and worked on the capital campaign to raise funds for the University's new athletic facilities. Holmoe currently serves on the BCS Athletics Directors Advisory Committee.
A native of La Crescenta, Calif., Holmoe came to BYU on a football scholarship in 1978. He became a starter as a sophomore in 1980 and led the Western Athletic Conference with seven interceptions. Holmoe went on to earn first-team All-WAC honors as a senior in 1982, and was selected in the fourth round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Over a seven-year NFL career, Holmoe played on three Super Bowl champions with the 49ers in 1984, 1988 and 1989.
After retiring from professional football, Holmoe entered the coaching ranks, returning to BYU to serve as a graduate assistant under LaVell Edwards from 1990-91. Holmoe then accepted an offer from Bill Walsh to become the Stanford secondary coach in 1992, where he remained for two seasons. In 1994, he returned to the 49ers as defensive backfield coach for two seasons, where he earned a fourth Super Bowl ring in 1994. Two years later Holmoe joined the University of California staff as defensive coordinator and later became the head coach of the Golden Bears from 1997-2001.
Val Hale - 1999 to 2004
With the hiring of Val Hale in 1999, BYU is continued its push to become one of the most prestigious athletic programs in the country.
A native of Snowflake, Arizona, Hale's tenure as athletic director was full of highlights. His accomplishments included renaming Cougar Stadium after legendary football coach LaVell Edwards, the construction of Miller Park, the new baseball/softball complex and the announcement and construction of the indoor practice facility.
A lifelong BYU fan, Hale played for the junior varsity football team. He served a Church mission to Chile, and returned to graduate cum laude from BYU with a degree in public relations.
In 1982, Hale was originally hired by BYU as promotions and publications coordinator in the athletic department. He worked his way up through the department, and when Fehlberg resigned in 1999, Hale was named athletic director.
Elaine Michaelis - 1995 to 2004
Elaine Michaelis served as Director of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics at BYU from 1995-2004, overseeing one of the country's most successful intercollegiate women's athletics programs. She also guided BYU's women's volleyball program for 40 seasons before retiring from coaching in May 2002.
Michaelis served simultaneously as both a head coach and the Cougars' top administrator for seven seasons. Consistently ranked among the top-10 women's programs in the country, BYU women's athletics thrived under Michaelis' direction until she retired in 2004.
Michaelis was part of BYU's women's athletics program since she was a student participating in volleyball, basketball and softball from 1956-60. An excellent athlete, she once pitched a no-hitter and a one-hitter on the same day during a regional softball tournament at the University of Colorado in 1959. After graduating with a B.S degree in physical education in 1960, she was hired to coach several of BYU's women's teams in 1961. She went on to obtain an M.S. degree in physical education from BYU in 1962 and holds the rank of associate professor of physical education and full athletic professional.
As a coach and administrator at BYU, Michaelis constantly worked not only to improve the BYU program but also to improve collegiate volleyball as a whole - serving as an NAGWS and NCAA clinician, chair of the AIAW Volleyball Committee, and chair of the Volleyball Rules Committee. She was a member of the AIAW Executive Committee for fie years and chair of the AIAW National Ethics and Eligibility Committee. She served on the Mountain West Conference television and championships committees as well as the BYU Advancement Council. She also assisted in planning the facility improvements at BYU, including Miller Park, the Indoor Practice Facility, Student Athlete Building and renovations to the Smith Fieldhouse.
Rondo Fehlberg - 1995 to 1999
A native of Worland, Wyoming, Rondo Fehlberg had an illustrious career on the BYU wrestling team, winning Western Athletic Conference championships in his weight class his sophomore, junior, and senior years, and earning a collegiate record of 74-17, with 34 pins.
After spending several years as a practicing attorney and corporate lawyer, Fehlberg was a manager of International Negotiations for Standard Oil Production Company in Houston, Texas. In 1995, Fehlberg brought his corporate experience to BYU to serve as the Cougar's athletic director. He worked in that capacity for four years.
During his tenure, Fehlberg was a crucial part of the decision made by BYU to leave the Western Athletic Conference and form the new Mountain West Conference. He also played a key role in negotiating a network television deal with ESPN for BYU and the new conference.
Fehlberg also played a key role in raising the level of fund-raising for BYU's athletic programs, and began the strong push for the construction of the indoor practice facility, which was approved and announced after his tenure as athletic director.
Clayne Jensen - 1993 to 1995
Dr. Clayne Jensen wore many titles comfortably during his 31 years of service at BYU including athletic director, dean, associate vice president, professor, administrator, author, husband, father, and fan. He served as BYU's faculty representative to the Western Athletic Conference and the NCAA for 19 years.
Jensen was a key administrator in organizing the WAC's expansion from 10 to 16 teams and creating the seminal postseason alliance between the Western Athletic Conference and the Holiday and Cotton Bowls.
He has been consistently engaged in the planning, developing, and financing of sports facilities at BYU. As dean and associate dean he was involved in the planning and construction of the Marriott Center, the expansion of Cougar Stadium, and the creation of BYU's new track facility. He also gave principal leadership to several Smith Fieldhouse renovations, including the athletic strength and conditioning facility.
During his two-year tenure as director of athletics, he arranged for the improvements of the tennis facilities and the Smith Fieldhouse. Further, he left the athletic department debt-free, with a strong financial base for the future.
After three decades of working together at BYU, Coach LaVell Edwards said, "Of all the people here, I don't know of anyone who's given me more personal help than Clayne Jensen."
Lu Wallace - 1972 to 1995
During Lu Wallace's administration BYU dominated the Intermountain Athletic Conference, the High Country Athletic Conference and the Western Athletic Conference. Each of the nine sports under her supervision placed in the nation's top 15 at least once with several teams regularly placing in the top 10 and the top 5.
Wallace came to BYU as a physical education teacher in 1956 and continued to teach a wide variety of classes through the early 1990s. She also coached the women's gymnastics team from 1963 to 1976, leading the Cougars to eight league titles.
A national judge of local, state and regional U.S. Gymnastics Federation meets, Wallace designed numerous judges' tests for national certification in gymnastics. She has also served on committees at conference, regional and national levels, including the NCAA Division I Volleyball Committee and the USGF Test Administrator and Certification Committee.
As an administrator of women's athletics, Wallace became the chief architect in building BYU's sports program to national prominence. Since the early 1970s when Title IX began its impact on intercollegiate athletics until the end of her tenure as the Women's Athletics Director, she helped lead and develop BYU's emerging program with discernment, integrity and humor.
Glen Tuckett - 1976 to 1993
As one of BYU's most successful coaches, Tuckett finished 17 baseball seasons - his entire coaching career at BYU above .500. His teams won 13 division baseball titles and three conference championships. Under his direction, the Cougars posted two NCAA District 7 crowns and went to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., twice. He was District 7 Coach of the Year three times.
A native of Murray, Utah, Tuckett came to BYU in 1959 where he served as an assistant football coach and head baseball coach. One of the highlights of this career came in 1974 when he was chosen as coach of the United States team, which won the World Amateur Baseball Tournament for only the second time in the tourney's 27-year history. He was the 1977 president of the American Association of College Baseball Coaches and in 1979 was inducted into the Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame. At the time of his retirement he was the ninth-winningest baseball coach in the NCAA.
Tuckett took over as BYU's Athletic Director in 1976, replacing Stan Watts. Since then he has served in a variety of committees including NCAA Committee on Committees, NCAA Television Committee, College Football Association Executive Committee and College Football Association Television Committee. He is recognized as one of the leading forces in the Cougar Stadium expansion.
Stan Watts - 1970 to 1976
Stan Watts came to BYU after excelling in football, baseball, basketball, and track at Murray High School and Weber Junior College. At BYU he won letters in football, basketball, and track, and was the school's outstanding all-around senior athlete.
Watts graduated in 1938, but returned to BYU in 1947 and served at various times as a football, baseball, basketball, and track coach. He became head basketball coach in 1949, and his teams won two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles, one Mountain States Conference title, and five WAC championships. They played in four NIT and seven NCAA tournaments, winning the NIT championship in 1951 and 1966.
Watts served on the NCAA basketball rules committee for four years and was president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1969. He also served as chairman of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Basketball Committee and as supervisor of WAC basketball officials. He is a member of the Helms, NACDA, Utah Sports, and Oklahoma City All-Sports Hall of Fame.
Watts was named BYU athletic director in 1970 and served in that position until 1976. He and his wife Emily had three daughters and a son.
Floyd Millet - 1963 to 1970
Floyd Millet was born in Mesa, Ariz. in 1911. He graduated from BYU in 1934 and received his master's degree from the University of Southern California in 1939. While a student at BYU he earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball, and track. He was named All-Conference in basketball and football and set an AAU record in the broad jump.
In his senior year, Millet was given the J. Edwin Stein Award as the outstanding student athlete on campus. He received the Dale Rex Memorial Award in 1948 for his contribution to amateur athletics in Utah.
He began his coaching career in 1934 at Davis High School coaching the football, baseball, and basketball teams. In 1937 he returned to BYU where he coached football, basketball, and track and field. His basketball team won the conference title in 1948 and was the first BYU team to play in Madison Square Garden. In 1963 Millet was named BYU Athletic Director, a position he filled for seven years.
Eddie Kimball - 1937 to 1963
Eddie Kimball was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, after forty-five years of athletic involvement. He has also been installed in the National Association of Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame in Miami Beach, Fla.
As a BYU athlete, Kimball played every minute of every football game for over two and a half years. He gained his degree in 1926 and began coaching at Millard High School in Fillmore. He later coached at Jordan High School, where his 1931 football team won both the state and Southwest championships. His Jordan High teams lost only four games in three years.
In 1935, Kimball served as freshman coach at BYU and later became head coach and athletic director. He helped organize the Mountain States Conference and was named the conference's Coach of the Year in 1938 and 1941. During World War II, Commander Edwin Kimball was in charge of all physical and survival training for all naval units between San Diego and the Aleutian Islands.
Coach Kimball returned to BYU after the war. His contributions to athletics were recognized in 1953 when he received the Dale Rex Memorial Award.