Marcia Saneholtz, Past Chair
Marcia L. Saneholtz retired as Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator in October, 2007 after 28 years in athletic administration at Washington State University. During her career at WSU she helped guide the university in the transition from separate men's and women's athletic departments to one unified department and was instrumental in the development of facilities, student-athlete support programs, a variety of organizational policies and systems, and a culture of gender equality that enhanced the student-athlete experience. She supervised and mentored successful coaches in a variety of sports and support staff in many areas of the athletic department. She also played a key role in WSU’s opportunity to host NCAA volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball championship events in Spokane. During her tenure she served two terms as Vice President of the Pacific 10 Conference and chair of the Senior Woman’s Administrative Committee and served on numerous conference committees. On a national level, Saneholtz served as chair of the NCAA Volleyball Committee, on the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, the Committee on Athletics Certification, the Women’s Committee on Committees, and the President’s Liaison Committee. Saneholtz also served on the Board of Directors and as president of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA).
Prior to coming to WSU, Saneholtz was a public school teacher, a rated official in volleyball and basketball, officiating at several state and national championships, and an administrator of local, state and national officiating organizations. Her honors include NACWAA Administrator of the Year in 1997, National Association of Girls and Women in Sports Pathfinder Award in 2001, WSU Woman of Distinction in 2003, the WSU Association of Faculty Women Sam Smith Leadership Award in 2007, the Spokane Regional Sports Commission Sports Hall of Fame Scroll of Honor in 2009, and the Napoleon High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010.
Since retiring, Saneholtz has served two terms on the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, including a term as president, on the YMCA at WSU Board of Trustees since 2009, as vice president of the WSU Retirees Association, president of the University of Idaho Women’s Golf League and treasurer of the Palouse Ridge Women’s Golf Association. She has also coordinated the volunteers for the 2012 Pac 12 Women’s Golf Championships and the 2013 NCAA Men’s West Regional Golf Championships hosted by WSU.
A native of Napoleon, Ohio, Saneholtz is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, earned her California teaching credentials at California State-Los Angeles and her M.S. at the University of Washington. Her husband Byron (Barney) is retired. They have two daughters Amy and Jennifer.