Courtesy: Howard Athletics Communications
Howard University mourns the passing of former head track and field coach and athletics director William “Bill” Moultrie. Moultrie served as head track coach from 1973 until 1999 and brought the program to international prominence.
During his tenure, Moultrie won 10 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships during 26 years as the head coach at Howard University. Highly respected in the profession, Moultrie produced an impressive 71 indoor and outdoor Division 1 NCAA track and field All Americans. Several would go on to qualify for the Olympic trials for their respective countries.
The versatile Moultrie also served as assistant football coach for the Bison from 1973 until 1982 and later as director of athletics from 1986-90.
During his time at Howard, Moultrie began a long association with the Olympics. He was an Olympic assistant coach in 1992 and became the first African American to serve as Olympic track referee four years later in Atlanta.
He was selected as an instructor for the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay teams by the Olympic Development Committee (ODC) in 1979. In July of that same year, he served as an instructor for the sprints and the 400 meters at the Olympic Development Field Camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition, he conducted classes for coaches in the 400m meters and the 4x400 meter relay. Moultrie served as National Sprint and Relay Chair for the ODC in 1985. The following year, he was chosen as chief inspector for the Olympic Sports Festival and sprint and relay coach for the Goodwill Games.
Moultrie worked the Olympic Trials in 1988 as head running referee and served on the U.S. staff at the 1989 World Indoor Championships, the 1992 Olympic Games, and the 1995 World Outdoor Championships.
Moultrie began his coaching career at Stanford, where he served as an assistant in both football and track. Stanford won a pair of Rose Bowls while Moultrie coached the team’s defensive backs.
Moultrie earned the reputation as a difference maker as several of his former athletes went on to become highly successful in their professional careers.
Moultrie earned his undergraduate degree and Master’s in physical education from Texas Southern University, another Master’s from San Francisco State, and a divinity degree from
Howard University. He is a member of the Howard University Athletics Hall of Fame and the USA Track Hall of Fame.