Bill McCartney is the former head football coach of the University of Colorado. His team, the Colorado Buffaloes, won a co-national championship in 1990. In his first season the Colorado Buffaloes compiled a record of 2–8–1, but McCartney began rebuilding Colorado in the early 1980s by pointing to the success of Big Eight rival Nebraska Cornhuskers. McCartney stated that it would take five years to turn the Buffaloes into a winning program. After a disastrous 1–10 season in 1984, McCartney signed a contract extension.
Bill is also the founder of the Promise Keepers men's ministry. In 2008 he came out of retirement to become the CEO and chairman of the board of Promise Keepers, after founding the Road to Jerusalem ministry. He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (1999) and the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame (1996) and has been honored as UPI Coach of the Year (1990), Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year (1985, 1989, 1990), and National Coach of the Year (1989).
He serves on the board of directors of the Equip Foundation, Gospel to the Unreached Millions, and Concerts of Prayer International and has been honored with personal awards including: Humanitarian of the Year from the Syl Morgan Smith Colorado Gospel Music Academy (1999); the Evangelist Philip Award from the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists (1999); the Fire-Setters Award from Revival Fires Ministries (1997); Layperson of the Year from the National Association of Evangelicals (1996); ABC News Person of the Week (February 16, 1996); the Chief Award from Chief, Inc., Phoenix, Az. (1996); the Spectrum Award from Sports Spectrum magazine (1995); and the Impact America Award from Point Loma College (1995). Bill and his wife, Lyndi (who passed away in 2013), have four grown children and ten grandchildren.