Luella J. Lilly, PhD

Title: Director of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics
Company: University of California Berkeley
Location: Walnut Creek, California, United States

Luella J. Lilly, PhD, director of women’s intercollegiate athletics at the University of California Berkeley, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in athletics and academia.

From as early as 12 years old, Dr. Lilly harbored dreams of becoming an athlete. Though she strove to compete in the Olympics, she began to thrive and flourish within academia and made it her mission to contribute her expertise to collegiate athletics. As a result, she obtained a Bachelor of Science from Lewis & Clark College in 1959. Thereafter, she completed postgraduate coursework at Portland State University prior to earning a Master of Science from the University of Oregon in 1961 and a Doctor of Philosophy in administration from Texas Woman’s University in 1971. In addition to holding various positions within the field of physical education at American River College, Oregon State University Corvallis, Lake Oswego High School and Central Linn Junior and Senior High School, Dr. Lilly established herself at the University of Nevada Reno as the director of women’s physical education and athletics from 1969 to 1973, an associate professor of physical education between 1971 and 1976, the director of women’s athletics from 1973 until 1975 and the associate director of athletics from 1975 to 1976.

A pioneer of women’s sports at the University of California Berkeley, Dr. Lilly is credited with leading the Bears to win 28 conference championships in eight of 11 sports, plus national crew titles from 1979 to 1980 and 1983 to 1984. Moreover, she is responsible for UC Berkeley’s ranking among the nation’s top 12 women’s sports programs each of the final eight years of her tenure, including an all-time high of fourth in 1989. For her accomplishments, she is proud to have been a recipient of the Cal Spirit Award, the Pride of Nevada Award, the Golden Bear Award, the Su Stauffer Friend of Education Award and the Mayor Anne Rudin Award. She has been inducted in the Athletic Halls of Fame at Lewis & Clark College, UC Berkeley and the University of Nevada, Reno. Moreover, Dr. Lilly is honored to have received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, the Lifetime Sport and Leadership Award, the Lifetime Sports Award from the Bay Area Women’s Sports Foundation and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information, please visit:

UC Berkeley: “150 Years of Women at Berkeley”

Contact Dr. Lilly


Leave a Reply