This is the third time Guerrero has received this award. He previously won at UCLA in 2006-07 and at UC Irvine in 2001-02. He is the only athletic director at the NCAA Division I level (FBS, FCS and NCAA Division I-AAA) to earn three career AD of the Year awards.
An accomplished and decorated administrator, Guerrero has seen his program win 24 NCAA titles in his 12 years at UCLA, including two in the past 12 months. In June of 2013, baseball, a sport in which Guerrero starred as a student-athlete at UCLA, claimed its first-ever National Championship. Months later, women’s soccer capped a remarkable tournament run, defeating three no. 1 seeds en route to its first-ever National Championship.
In large part due to this championship, the UCLA women are currently ranked fourth in the Capital One Cup chase. Abby Dahlkemper became UCLA's first-ever Honda Award winner in soccer, and head coach Amanda Cromwell, in her first season as a new hire by Guerrero, became UCLA's first-ever Soccer America Women's Coach of the Year.
On the gridiron, UCLA Football defeated cross-town rival USC for the second-straight year and knocked off Virginia Tech in the Sun Bowl for its 10th win of the season. Jim Mora, another Guerrero hire who agreed to a contract extension following the end of the regular season, has led UCLA to a 19-8 record in his first two seasons and has the Bruins, according to early projections, in the preseason top-10 next season. Announcing plans this fall to build a state-of-the-art on-campus football training facility, Guerrero has helped spearhead a campaign that has thus far raised approximately 40 million dollars in cash and pledges, all in less than nine months-time.
Additionally, men's basketball claimed a Pac-12 Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in head coach Steve Alford's first season. Entering season two, Alford’s recruiting class for 2014 has been ranked as high as number three in the nation with three McDonald’s All-Americans slated to take the floor at Pauley for the first time as a Bruin next season.
Success on the playing field with 24 NCAA Championships in 14 different sports and 22 second-place finishes during his tenure are extraordinary numbers, but UCLA’s academic success under Guerrero is equally noteworthy.
UCLA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Academic Progress Rates (APR) continued their consistent rise this academic year. The Bruin student-athlete GSR is currently at 87%, up 3% from a year ago. Five teams (men’s and women’s tennis, women’s basketball, softball and women’s water polo) achieved a GSR of 100%. UCLA had the second-highest overall GSR in the Pac-12 at 87%, while the football team also had the second-highest GSR in the Pac-12 with 82%. All 24 UCLA sports earned a four-year APR of 960 or better, with 18 of the 24 (75%) averaging 970 or higher. UCLA's football team ranked second in the Pac-12 and 14th nationally among FBS schools in multi-year rate (979).
The NACDA Athletic Director of the Year Award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 11 at NACDA's 49th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Winners of the 2013-14 Under Armour AD of the Year Awards are:
Football Bowl Subdivision
Scott Barnes, Utah State
Thomas Boeh, Fresno State
Dan Guerrero, UCLA
Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech
Football Championship Subdivision
Rob Bernardi, Nicholls State
Troy Dannen, Northern Iowa
Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Drake
Hunter Yurachek, Coastal Carolina
Chris May, St. Louis
Jack McDonald, Quinnipiac
Kim Record, UNC Greensboro
Eric Sexton, Wichita State
Kevin Buisman, Minnesota State Mankato
Jim Johnson Pittsburg State
Joan McDermott, Metro State
David Scott, West Florida
Thomas Calder, Johns Hopkins
Tim Downes, Emory
Tracey Ranieri, SUNY Oneonta
Don Tencher, Rhode Island College
Jack Hank, Our Lady of the Lake
Troy Plummer, Grand View
Keith Spataro, Menlo
Shay Wyatt, Westminster
Richard Holler, Westmoreland County CC
John Jackson, Dean College
Greg Silcox, Paradise Valley CC
Jack Sullivan, County College of Morris