Bret Billhardt was named Senior Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Operations on June 4, 2018. Billhardt comes to Wittenberg with a plethora of institutional knowledge at the university level, as well as the conference level, after serving as Assistant Executive Director of the North Coast Athletic Conference for the last seven years.
Billhardt joined the NCAC for the 2010-11 academic year as an intern in the position of assistant to the Executive Director. He has served as an assistant director for the past seven years becoming increasingly involved in all aspects of conference operations, including daily interactions with coaches and athletic administrators, the conference award program and NCAA and NCAC compliance.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Bret accept our offer to join our atheltic department," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Gary Williams. "Many of us have interacted with Bret through his work with the conference office and have seen firsthand that he is a focused, driven, and dedicated professional who we will add tremendous value and perspective to our coaching staff, student-athletes and to our campus. Bret has so much potential to help our department run more efficiently and effectively and to provide the administrative leadership we need as we continue to strive to be a nationally recognized leader in building a championship culture with our coaches and athletics on the field, in the classroom, and throughout their lifetimes."
Billhardt has been heavily involved in conference scheduling, conference championships and the administration of the Division III Strategic Conference Grant program. Billhardt also served as the NCAC SAAC liaison. In that role, he forged a partnership with the Presidents' Athletic Conference to create the highly successful DIII Week Change War, which has raised over $18,000 between the two conferences, benefitting five different charitable foundations. Billhardt was recently accepted into the prestigious NCAA Pathway Program, a year-long, experiential learning opportunity for selected participants representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III designed to elevate senior athletic administrators into the athletic director position.
Most recently, Billhardt earned a Masters in Business Administration from Ohio University in 2015.
Prior to the NCAC, he spent two years as assistant sports information director at Washington & Jefferson College, where he compiled statistics, designed publications, updated the Presidents' website and was a media contact for the school's 26 varsity sports.
Billhardt resides in Springfield, Ohio.