Bob Lopez was hired as director of football operations in January of 2003. His duties are many, but basically, he oversees the administrative side of the UCLA football program. His duties include: pre-season and bowl game planning; recruiting administration and organization; serving as liaison with various departments within athletics; managing all official visits, serving as liaison to college All-Star game representatives; liaison with pro scouts; oversee the football budget; serve as camps co-director; and other assignments from the head coach.
Lopez came to UCLA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he had served as executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions since April of 2001. At UW-Eau Claire he played a lead role in the design, development, implementation and management of a comprehensive and integrated enrollment services program. He was in charge of admissions and recruitment services for traditional and non-traditional undergraduate students among other duties.
Prior to entering the college admissions field, Lopez spent 14 years coaching football at the high school, junior college and college levels. He played quarterback at Illinois State University from 1972-76, starting his last two seasons.
Lopez began his career as a high school teacher and later became director of admissions and athletics at Fort Scott (KS) Community College. From 1987-1998, he held several positions at Northern Arizona University, including recruiting coordinator and assistant coach, and program coordinator in the Counseling and Testing Center and in the Office of Admissions. He was assistant director of admissions at Northern Arizona from 1994-98 and was marketing manager for Southwest Student Services Corp., Mesa, AZ, for one year. In 1999, he moved to Peru (NE) State College as director of enrollment management.
Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell and Lopez worked together in 1990-91 at Northern Arizona University where Dorrell was the football team's offensive coordinator and Lopez served as recruiting coordinator.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's in Science, Health and Physical Education from Illinois State, 1976 and Master's in Educational Administration from Illinois State, 1979; At UCLA: Fifth year (joined staff in January of 2003); Born: March 19, 1955 in Tacoma, WA; Family: Bob and his wife, Nancy, have two sons, Tyler and Daniel.