Published July 29, 2014 4:23 pm

Bill Krejci

After 36 years in the athletic department at Southwestern Community College (SWCC), Bill Krejci will be stepping down from his position as director of athletics and athletic fundraising as of August 29, 2014. Krejci, originally from Chicago, will be moving to Des Moines with his wife, Teresa, also an employee at SWCC, who recently accepted a position at Drake University.

According to Krejci, the move is not an easy one for him. “I am headed to Des Moines with my wife,” Krejci explained. “For years, she has supported me in my career and I really appreciate that. Now it’s my turn to support her.”

Krejci’s name has been synonymous with SWCC baseball since 1978 when he started at the college as assistant director of student activities, physical education instructor, and head baseball coach. He came to SWCC from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, where he played for the Bearcats from 1971-73. Krejci served as an assistant for the Bearcats baseball team while he completed his graduate studies, earning his master’s degree in education in 1976.

Throughout his 22 years of coaching, Krejci put SWCC baseball on the map, earning the respect of players and coaches nationwide. He oftentimes had players who were recruited by four-year college programs throughout the United States and continues to keep in touch with many of them today. In addition, Krejci was the men’s basketball coach for eight years.

In September 1999, after 22 years at the helm, Krejci resigned from his position as head baseball coach and became athletic director/fundraiser at the college. During Krejci’s time in this role, he has increased fundraising for athletics tremendously by establishing two annual events—the Athletic Fundraiser Auction and the SWCC Golf Tournament—as well as the Southwestern Athletic Booster Club. These events and activities, in addition to other fundraising efforts, have become traditions at the college bringing in $50,000-$55,000 for athletics each year.

Krejci said he is extremely grateful for the tremendous support SWCC athletics has received throughout the years from individuals and businesses in Creston and throughout southwest Iowa, as well as from the college’s faculty and staff.

It was June 2009 when Krejci retired from his full-time position as physical education instructor and athletic director. He didn’t stay away long; however, coming back part-time as director of athletics and athletic fundraising in August 2009.

Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, is proud of the progress SWCC athletics has made under Krejci’s direction.

“We have added a number of athletic programs and activities during Bill’s tenure,” Crittenden explained. “In his role as athletic director, he has raised the expectations for event management and support for student-athletes at Southwestern. His efforts in fundraising have been an important part of this.”

Athletic programs added at SWCC during recent years have included cross country, drill team, golf, sports shooting, and track and field.

In addition to his duties at SWCC, Krejci has been very involved in the USA Baseball program. To date, he has been an 18-year national coach, is a clinician for USA Baseball camps, and has been a cross checker in the player selection process. This year alone, Krejci traveled to Russia for 10 days in March to do coaching clinics and just returned from a three-week stint in Mexico where he was the general manager for the 12U USA National Team. Krejci said he will remain involved in the baseball community and will continue to work for USA Baseball after he leaves the college.

According to Crittenden, the college has some big shoes to fill following Krejci’s departure.

“For 36 years, Bill has been a force in Southwestern athletics,” Crittenden stated. “He has been committed to the college and has always been willing to do whatever was needed at the time, from teaching to coaching to leading the athletic department. Bill has spent countless hours on campus. He and Teresa will be missed tremendously!”

Krejci is sad to close this chapter of his life, but also excited about what a new athletic director will bring to the college. “I just love this place,” Krejci exclaimed. “I’ve loved working here. I love the people. I wouldn’t be leaving if that wasn’t what my family needed me to do.”

According to Crittenden, the college will advertise for a new athletic director and athletic fundraiser yet this week.