Bill Meiser. Bill Meiser was one of the original founders who helped create the Indianhead Track Club and attended that first organizational meeting on February 26, 1969. Being an active jogger-runner keenly interested in fitness, he also became a member of Governor Warren Knowles’ Regional Governor’s Council on Sports and Physical Fitness. At the time, Bill was the Elementary Public School Physical Education Coordinator. Soon after, he left the elementary school system and joined the physical education staff of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
In 1970, Bill co-founded the second oldest ITC sponsored event: The annual ITC & Kiwanis Boys and Girls Track and Field Games. He provided the meet’s basic format, served as co-chairman, and worked many years at the Games. Later he functioned as the University liaison for the event held annually at the University.
Because of his dedication to youth, running, and the sport of track and field, he initiated and practically single-handedly managed four All-Comers Track Meets each summer at the UW-EC. He did this for 13 years—a prodigious total of 52 meets! Participants included five age groups starting at age 8 and included high school and open divisions.
The UW-EC Track and Field program was almost non-existent until Bill became the head track coach in 1971. By his thoughtful coaching, diligent work ethic, and excellent management skills, Bill transformed the once hapless sport into a prestigious program.