In 11 years, Dan Guerrero has clearly established a pattern of “image and substance” that few in his profession can match. UCLA has won 109 NCAA team championships, a figure unmatched by any institution in the nation. UCLA teams have won 23 NCAA championships since his appointment, another national leader, finished second 21 times and have enjoyed an additional 43 Top Five finishes.
More than 80% of UCLA teams have qualified for NCAA post-season competition since 2002. The football team has appeared in nine bowl games and the men’s basketball team advanced to consecutive Final Fours from 2006-08. The program has also won 54 conference championships in 15 different sports, produced over 500 All-Americans and featured four Honda Award winners, including the 2003-04 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.
Furthermore, during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, 32 Bruins participated as athletes or coaches, representing the United States and eight other nations. They won nine medals, including six golds.
In the last 11 years, UCLA has finished second three times (2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06), third four times (2004-05, 2003-04, 2011-12, 2012-13), fourth (2009-10), sixth (2002-03), 11th (2010-11) and 16th (2008-09) in the race for the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.
In 2013, UCLA won its first Capital One Cup for men’s sports, vaulting to the top of the standings after winning the 2013 College World Series.
This past year in NCAA competition, UCLA won its 109th NCAA title when the baseball team captured its first College World Series title, and eight teams finished among the Top 5 nationally. Men’s water polo and men’s tennis finished second, women’s water polo and women’s tennis (tied) placed third, women’s golf and women’s gymnastics finished fourth and women’s soccer tied for fifth. Finally, 57 student-athletes earned All-America honors and 57 were selected to various all-conference teams.
Academically in 2012-13, three UCLA student-athletes received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors bringing the school’s total to 116. In addition, graduating senior Jeff Locke, an All-Pac-12 first-team selection as a punter, earned the football program’s 18th NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and UCLA’s 68th overall. Finally, pitcher Ryan Deeter became the first UCLA student-athlete to win the NCAA’s prestigious Elite 89 Award in any sport.
During Guerrero’s tenure, the Bruins have won 23 national championships in 17 different sports, a national leader. UCLA teams have captured the following NCAA team titles: six in women’s water polo, three each in women’s softball and women’s gymnastics, two in women’s golf, and one each in women’s tennis, men’s tennis, men’s volleyball, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo, men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s outdoor track and baseball. In addition, the Bruins have recorded 32 national podium finishes in that span.
Over the past decade, Guerrero has earned numerous honors. In May 2010, he was honored by the Black Coaches and Administrators organization as the Dr. Myles Brand BCA Administrator of the Year. In April 2010, he was honored by CORO Southern California, a non-profit organization that trains civic leaders.
In June of 2010, Guerrero completed a five-year term on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. As the chair in 2009-10, he was involved with the negotiation of the new $10.8 billion, 14-year NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament television package, as well as the decision to expand the Tournament to 68 teams.
In June of 2007, he was named the NACDA Division I West Region Athletic Director of the Year. His other honors include 2002 UCLA Latino Alumnus of the Year (October 2002); Cal State Dominguez Hills’ Alumnus of the Year (March 2003); and 2003 “Father of the Year” by the Father’s Day Council of the American Diabetes Association. On September 10, 2002, the Los Angeles City Council honored him with Dan Guerrero Day. He also became the first athlete in any sport at Banning (Wilmington, CA) High School to have his jersey (#8 in baseball) retired in 2003.
Guerrero was named one of the nation’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine (October 2004) and the May 5, 2003 issue of Sports Illustrated listed him #28 among the 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports. He was one of 28 people whose photo was featured on that issue’s cover.
In addition to unparalleled success in the playing arena, his decade at the helm has also produced unmatched success in academics. In Guerrero’s 11 years (33 quarters), student-athletes have earned more than 7,000 spots on the Director’s Honor Roll (3.0 or higher grade-point average for a quarter). In 2012-13, more than 100UCLA student-athletes earned all-conference academic acclaim. Finally, community service activities for the program are at an all-time high.
Resource development has always been one of Guerrero’s strong points. Last year, a tremendous seven-year, multi-million dollar extension with Adidas, equipment provider for all of UCLA’s 25 sports, took effect. In 2004-05, he completed a new multi-million dollar agreement with ISP Sports (now IMG College), a premier national collegiate sports marketing organization.
Guerrero also led the negotiations that solidified the relationship between UCLA and the Rose Bowl, resulting in more than $150 million in renovations and restoration. He also reorganized the External Relations area, in anticipation of major revenue generating initiatives designed to address capital project needs, operational support and program endowments.
Under Guerrero’s guidance, UCLA continues to aggressively enhance its athletic facilities, including the completion of the Bud Knapp Football wing of the Acosta Center. In the same complex, the sports medicine and athletic performance centers were renovated and redesigned, and the Olympic sports locker rooms were added on a third level. A new golf practice facility and the Easton Softball Stadium renovation were completed during the 2004-05 season. Spieker Aquatic Center was completed in the summer of 2009. Improvements to Spaulding Field, the Bruins' football practice facility, and Jackie Robinson Stadium, the Bruins' baseball venue, continue to take place. Finally, the renovation of Pauley Pavilion was completed in October 2012, on time and under budget.
Guerrero has extensive experience in committee work at both the NCAA and conference level. In addition to his service on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, he also served on the “College Basketball Partnership,” a group that included many of the most influential people in the sport. He has served as Chair of both the Pac-10 Athletic Directors Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee, and has served on several other conference committees. He has also served on other NCAA committees, including the Men’s Basketball and Baseball Academic Enhancement Committees. He is currently a member of the Pac-12 Athletic Directors Television, the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the Pac-12 Rose Bowl Management committees as well as serving as the Pac-12 AD Liaison to Men’s Basketball Coaches. In addition, he is a member of the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee. Finally, he was president of NACDA (2011-12) and is a member of the BCS Athletic Directors Advisory Group.
Guerrero came to UCLA from UC Irvine, where he had served as UCI’s fifth permanent Director of Athletics for 10 years (1992-2002). During his tenure, the program accumulated conference championships, garnered national rankings, featured graduation rates among the nation’s best, and won numerous post-season honors for its student-athletes. In June of 2002 while still at UC Irvine, he was named the 2001-02 Division I-AA/I-AAA West Region NACDA Athletic Director of the Year.
Prior to arriving at UC Irvine, Guerrero worked at Cal State Dominguez Hills, where he led that program to national prominence while serving as Athletic Director for five years (1988-92).
Guerrero received his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1974 and played second base for the Bruins for four years. His three-year batting average in Pacific-8 Conference games was .343. Guerrero, known as “Warrior” during his playing career, was inducted into the UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. The Bruin Athletic Director earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 1982 from Cal State Dominguez Hills and was named to the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society for Public Affairs and Public Policy that same year.
Guerrero, 61, was raised in Wilmington, CA. He is married to the former Anne Marie Aniello and they have two grown daughters.