Lynn Holzman, the current Executive Senior Associate Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer for the conference, will become the WCC’s third full-time commissioner in 62 years. The promotion will come into effect July 1st.
As mentioned before, Zaninovich will become the deputy commissioner in the Pac-12 in less than a month’s time. He is seen as the eventual replacement to Larry Scott, the current Pac-12 full-time commissioner.
During Zaninovich’s eight years at the helm, the conference saw a great deal of growth. Not only is the conference one of the up and coming basketball leagues in the nation, Zaninovich added Pacific and BYU to expand the conference to 10 teams.
Expectations will be high for Holzman based on the previous accomplishments of Zaninovich, but she has the qualifications to do so.
Before working at the WCC, Holzman worked at the NCAA’s national office for 16 years, managing and facilitating membership engagement for a host of division-I teams. As the Director of Academic and Membership Affairs, Holzman also provided guidance to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) with anything pertaining to academic standards, amateurism, diversity, gender equity and Title IX, legislative proposals, strategic planning and student-athlete well-being.
With the WCC on the upswing as a conference, this is a fantastic time to lead the WCC. However, with the nature of college sports rapidly changing, Holzman could have some tough decisions on the horizon in dealing with the future well-being of the conference. Nonetheless, after an extensive search process, the WCC has found the right leader to take to the conference to even further heights.