George Koonce

University Advancement, Marquette Golden Eagles

George Koonce currently serves in the Department of University Advancement at Marquette University.  He recently served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Koonce came to UWM from Marquette University, where he served as a Senior Associate Athletic Director.

Koonce spent nine seasons as a player in the National Football League, eight of those coming as a starter with the Green Bay Packers. While in Green Bay, he helped the Packers win their first Super Bowl championship in 29 years. He also spent a season as a player with the Seattle Seahawks before working as the special assistant to the athletic director at East Carolina University and as the director of player development with the Packers.

In his position of Senior Associate Athletic Director at Marquette, Koonce was primarily involved with fundraising, community relations and student welfare. He also served as the sport administrator for the women's soccer program.

Koonce's wide-ranging experiences include a stint as the director of player development in Green Bay. In that role, he assisted players in adjusting to life on and off the field in the NFL.

After a successful college football career at East Carolina, Koonce returned to the school as the special assistant to the athletic director in December of 2003. While at ECU, he was extensively involved in special fundraising projects, including raising $1 million for the basketball program and over $5 million for football practice facilities, meeting rooms and renovations of the academic center. He also earned a master's degree in sports management from the school in 2006.

Koonce's NFL career included 720 career tackles (447 solo), nine sacks, one forced fumble, five fumble recoveries and five interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. In all, he played in 128 NFL games, making 118 starts between his eight years in Green Bay and one season in Seattle.

He has been widely recognized for his athletic accomplishments, earning enshrinement in four different halls of fame. Koonce was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame in 2000 before also earning a place in the East Carolina University Athletic Hall of Fame 2002, the Chowan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 and West Craven (NC) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

Koonce is also currently pursuing his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in sports administration at Marquette.

Koonce was born Oct. 15, 1968 in New Bern, N.C. He has a son, George, and a daughter, Jayla.