|William “Bill” Gracey has been involved in athletics in New Mexico for 41 years as a baseball coach and basketball official from high school to the collegiate level. Bill began his coaching career as an assistant coach of his alma mater, West Mesa High School in 1975. He left to coach as an assistant in football and baseball at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs for two years. He landed his first head baseball job at Cibola High School in 1979 where he would coach until 1997. His Cougars’ teams won the school’s only state baseball championship in 1983; state runner-up in 1992; and the Albuquerque Public Schools City Championship in 1996. In 1991, he was the head coach of the North team in the New Mexico North/South All-Star Baseball game. His next stop as a head coach for one year was leading La Cueva High to a district championship. His teams qualified for the state tournament 10 times. He moved up to the collegiate level in 1998 as an assistant coach for the University of New Mexico softball team. During his 5 years at UNM, the team had a record of 127-84-1. He returned in 2010 to present as an assistant coach for the La Cueva High School baseball team. The Bears won state titles in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Bill has coached Youth Club baseball from 1997-2016 winning 3 state championships and several regional tournament championships.|
Bill has been officiating basketball, football and baseball since 1974 at high school and college level. From 1982 – 2014 he was a NCAA Division 1 Official in the following conferences: Big Twelve Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Southwest Conference, Sunbelt Conference, Big Eight Conference, Conference USA, Big Sky Conference, Southland Conference, Big West Conference, and Mountain West Conference. Bill has officiated 14 NCAA Division 1 Conference Championships and officiated the 1987 NCAA Division 2 men’s championship game. From 1985-2000, he was the Camp Director, Bobby Dibler Basketball Officials Camp. From 2013-2015, he was the Game Grader for the PAC 12 Conference, which reviewed and evaluated performance of games officials. 2015 to the present, Bill has been the Associate Supervisor for Officials for the West Coach Consortium, which includes PAC 12, Mountain West, Western Athletic, Big West, and West Coast Conferences. He help recruit, hires and evaluates NCAA Officials for these Conferences.
While at Cibola High School, Bill was the Athletic Director for 1993 -1996 and the Dean of the Freshman Class for 1994 -1996. Bill was inducted in the Cibola Faculty Hall of Fame in 1995 and the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. The baseball team’s most valuable player receives the “Bill Gracey- MVP Baseball Player” award. In high school, how was the outstanding “Athlete of the Year” for West Mesa High School. He was All-State, All-District, and All- City in both baseball and football in 1971.
Bill has been a member of the National Association of Sports Officials, New Mexico High School Coaches Association and the New Mexico High School Baseball Coaches Association. Bill has given back to the community as a volunteer coach for the American Amateur Baseball Congress, United State Specialty Sports Association, and American Legion. He has conducted many baseball and softball clinics. He has been involved with Project Share in feeding the homeless and Kids First Program.