Rich Herczog is in his nineteenth year as Director of Compliance for the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He's fortunate to have two brilliant assistant directors, Dan Goldberg and Amy Schlueck.
Herczog has compliance responsibilities that relate to all university, Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA rules and regulations governing the operation of intercollegiate athletics. He supervises ongoing rules and compliance education programs for university staff, administrators, coaches and student-athletes. He is the primary resource person for all athletically related rules, regulations and interpretations. He certifies eligibility and financial aid for 750 student-athletes, and is the department liaison for all academic reporting (retention, graduation & other statistical data) to the NCAA.
A former Rally Committe chairman (1972 & 1973) and university employee for 31 years, Herczog graduated from UCLA in March 1975 with a degree in Kinesiology. After graduation he was hired by the UCLA Registrar's office and was subsequently promoted to enrollment supervisor, overseeing all aspects of on-line enrollment for undergraduate and graduate students. In 1983, the Athletic Department lured him away to be its admissions coordinator, prescreening the academic records for all prospective student-athletes, preparing special action cases for committee presentation and overseeing initial eligibility.
In 1989 he became UCLA's (and one of the nation's) first Compliance Officers. Herczog was a member of the Pacific-10 Legislative Committee for two years. Rich has spoken to a number of groups on the ins and outs of NCAA rules compliance, and was a featured speaker at the UC Davis Conference on Sports law.
Rich and his wife Michelle (Ed.D. UCLA 2003) have a daughter, Stephanie who graduated (astrophysics) from UCLA in 2004 and a son, Brian who graduated (philosophy) from UCLA in 2007.