A former outside linebacker and special teams player for the University of Notre Dame under Coach Lou Holtz from 1992-1996, William graduated with both a degree in Accounting and Philosophy in 1996. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University in 2000, and his Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine in 2001. Following the attacks of September 11th, he enlisted in the military and became a U.S. Navy SEAL in 2003. He completed four combat tours, three to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
It is William’s mission to reach out to those who wore our nation’s uniform. In collaboration with non-profits, for-profits, military institutions, communities, and other charitable and service-oriented organizations, William strives to help develop programs that empower both our veterans and their families to achieve their full potential as they transition into civilian life.
“After ten years serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL, it was my honor to join the Gary Sinise Foundation. I often say I left one small elite unit in the military to join another small elite unit in the civilian world at GSF. I remain in awe of Gary's relentless drive to always do a little more for our defenders and their families. I am excited to represent the Gary Sinise Foundation as an Ambassador and to "Charlie Mike" (continue mission) for this great cause. Semper Fortis.”
— William Wagasy