Bill Moultrie won 10 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships during 26 years as the head coach at Howard University. Moultrie was an Olympic assistant coach in 1992 and became the first African American to serve as Olympic track referee four years later in Atlanta.
Moultrie graduated from Texas Southern University, where he ran track under USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Stan Wright. 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.
In 1973, Moultrie moved to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he continued coaching football and track. He became the head track coach in 1973 and held the post until 1999. In 1982, he added head coach of the women’s track & field program to his list of endeavors. Additionally, Moultrie served as the Director of Athletics from 1986-90.
Moultrie’s teams produced 71 indoor and outdoor Division I NCAA Track & Field All Americans and ten Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships.
During this time, Moultrie also began a long association with the Olympics. 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 400m at the Olympic Development Field Camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition, he conducted classes for coaches in the 400m and the 4x400m 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. In 1996, Moultrie became the first African-American to serve as track referee at the Olympic Games.
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. A member of the Howard University Athletics Hall of Fame, he is currently a health professor at Bowie State University.
Moultrie passed away in July 2014.