On April 25, 2002, Daniel G. Guerrero was named UCLA's eighth Director of Athletics. A former Bruin baseball player, Guerrero, who assumed his duties on July 1, 2002, has enjoyed great success and exudes the pride of a student-athlete who is in charge of the program at his alma mater.
Guerrero is one of the most respected administrators in all of intercollegiate athletics. He is the current president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and a member of the NACDA Executive Committee and served as president of the Division I Athletic Directors Association in 2010-11. In Guerrero's nine years as Athletic Director, he has clearly established a pattern of "image and substance" that few in his profession can match. UCLA stands as the No. 1 University in the nation for NCAA team championships (107) won, a number that continues to grow under his direction. In those nine years, UCLA teams have won 21 NCAA team titles (the highest total in the nation in that span) in 11 different sports, finished second 17 times and have had an additional 32 Top Five finishes (70 total). A staggering 172 teams (of 207 possible) have qualified for NCAA post-season competition and the football team has appeared in seven bowl games. The program has also won 46 conference championships in 15 different sports, produced over 460 All-Americans and featured four Honda Award winners, including the 2003-04 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.
Furthermore, during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, 39 Bruins participated as athletes or coaches, representing the United States and nine other nations. They won 15 medals, including four gold.
This past year Guerrero received recognition by several prestigious organizations. In May of 2011, he was honored by the Black Coaches and Administrators Association as by awarding him as the Dr. Myles Brand Administrator of the Year. In April, he was presented with the Crystal Eagle Award by CORO Southern California, an organization that provides training of civic and government leaders. Additionally, this past March, Guerrero was recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) at the Guardian of the Games Awards Show by presenting him with the Clifford Wells Award for distinguished service to the organization.
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 served on the NCAA Advisory Committee that resulted in the $10.8 million, 14-year NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament television package with CBS and Turner Sports, as well as the decision to create the "First Four" and the expansion of the Tournament to 68 teams.
Under Guerrero's leadership, UCLA continues to remain one of the premier broad-based intercollegiate athletic programs in the country. In the last nine years, UCLA has finished second three times (2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06), third twice (2004-05 and 2003-04), fourth (2009-10), sixth (2002-03), 11th (2010-11) and 16th (2008-09) in the race for the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
This past year in NCAA competition, UCLA won its 107th NCAA title in women's golf, placed second in women's gymnastics, third in women's water polo and women's tennis (tied), fifth (tied) in men's golf and men's soccer, ninth (tied) in men's tennis and women's soccer, 17th (tied) in men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball and women's volleyball and 20th in women's swimming.
In 2009-10 UCLA placed fourth in the Learfield Cup standings and won its 11th NCAA Championship in softball and its sixth in women's gymnastics. The Bruins finished second in baseball and men's water polo, tied for third in women's soccer (seventh straight College Cup), fifth in women's water polo, tied for fifth in men's soccer and men's tennis, sixth in women's golf, tied for ninth in women's tennis, 12th in women's rowing, 16th in men's golf, tied for 17th in women's basketball and women's volleyball and 19th in women's swimming. UCLA also won three conference titles and two league post-season tournaments and the football team won the EagleBank Bowl. In 2008-09, UCLA won its fifth consecutive NCAA women's water polo championship. The Bruins finished second in women's golf, tied for third in women's soccer (sixth straight College Cup) and men's tennis, placed seventh in women's gymnastics and ninth (tied) in softball, women's volleyball and women's tennis. UCLA also won six conference titles.
In 2007-08, UCLA won three NCAA championships in women's water polo (fourth straight), women's tennis (first) and men's golf (second). The Bruins finished second in women's golf, tied for third in men's basketball (third straight Final Four), women's soccer (fifth straight College Cup) and men's tennis, placed fifth (tied) in women's volleyball and softball and seventh in women's gymnastics. UCLA also played in its sixth consecutive bowl game and won four conference championships and two league tournaments.
In 2006-07, UCLA won an NCAA championship in women's water polo, the school's 100th NCAA team title, and placed second in men's soccer and women's tennis, third in women's golf, tied for third in men's basketball, women's soccer and women's volleyball, fourth in women's gymnastics, fifth in women's outdoor track and field, tied for fifth in men's tennis, seventh in men's golf and women's indoor track and field, ninth in men's outdoor track and field and tied for ninth in baseball. UCLA played in its fifth straight bowl game in football and won four league titles.
In 2005-06, UCLA won two NCAA titles (men's volleyball and women's water polo) and placed second in men's basketball and women's soccer, tied for third in softball, tied for fifth in men's tennis, tied for seventh in men's golf and tied for ninth in women's volleyball and women's tennis. UCLA also won the Vitalis Sun Bowl in football and captured seven conference championships and two post-season tournaments. In 2004-05, UCLA won three NCAA titles (men's water polo, men's tennis and women's water polo) and placed second in women's soccer, men's volleyball, women's golf and softball, tied for second in women's outdoor track and field, fourth in women's gymnastics and tied for fifth in women's volleyball. UCLA also earned its first NCAA post-season appearance in women's rowing (varsity eight) and won eight conference championships.
In 2003-04, the Bruins won four NCAA titles (women's outdoor track and field, softball, women's golf and women's gymnastics). They also placed second in men's tennis, women's tennis and men's golf, tied for third in women's soccer, tied for fifth in men's soccer and women's volleyball and fifth in women's indoor track and field. In addition, the Bruins captured seven league titles.
In Guerrero's first year at UCLA (2002-03), UCLA won four NCAA titles (men's soccer, women's gymnastics, women's water polo and women's softball). The Bruins placed third in men's golf, tied for third in men's tennis and tied for fifth in women's golf and women's tennis. UCLA also earned six conference titles.
In addition to his most recent accolades, Guerrero has earned numerous honors in the past nine years. In June of 2007, he was named the NACDA Division I West Region Athletic Director of the Year. His other honors include the UCLA Latino Alumnus of the Year (October 2002); Cal State Dominguez Hills' Alumnus of the Year (March 2003); and "Father of the Year" by the Father's Day Council of the American Diabetes Association (June 2003). 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 (April 2003).
Guerrero was named one of the nation's Top 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 nine years at the helm have also demonstrated the overall excellence Guerrero has made a priority for the program. Belief in conducting a program of integrity has been a cornerstone of Guerrero's leadership throughout his career. Named as a 1999 Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport, Guerrero has fostered a strong sense of commitment and dedication among his coaches and staff to the development of the total student-athlete experience. He is presently serving a second term on the Executive Board member of the National Consortium for Academics and Sport and is resolute in his desire to support academic achievement and life skills development for UCLA student-athletes. As a result, he has spearheaded unprecedented growth in the Academic Support and Life Skills program at UCLA. During Guerrero's tenure (27 quarters), student-athletes earned 5,703 spots on the Director's Honor Roll (3.0 or higher grade-point average for a quarter) and student development programming, such as the creation of Wooden Academy, and community service activities for the program are at an all-time high.
Resource development has always been a strength for Guerrero and his tenure at UCLA has demonstrated continued evidence of this skill. This year, UCLA is in the first year of the largest multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with adidas, equipment provider for all of UCLA's 24 sports, in school history. In 2004-05, he completed a new multi-million dollar agreement with ISP Sports (now IMG College), a premier national collegiate sports marketing organization. He has also reorganized the External Relations area, integrating Corporate Sponsorships, Marketing, Development and Sports Information under one umbrella, in anticipation of a major revenue generating initiative designed to address capital project needs, operational support and program endowments.
Guerrero also led the negotiations that solidified the relationship between UCLA and the Rose Bowl, resulting in a $152 million renovation/restoration project that will benefit the Bruin football program for decades upon its completion in 2013. Furthermore, the $136 million Pauley Pavilion renovation project, spearheaded by Guerrero, is slated to be completed by the fall of 2012.
In addition to the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, under Guerrero's guidance and direction, continues to aggressively enhance its athletic facilities, including the completion of the Bud Knapp Football wing of the Acosta Center, and the sports medicine and athletic performance centers in the same complex. A new golf practice facility and the Easton Softball Stadium renovation, benefitting the Bruins' golf and softball powers, respectively, were completed for the 2004-05 season. The installation of synthetic turf at Spaulding Field was completed in 2006, the final phase of the Acosta Center project (Olympic sport locker rooms) was completed in 2007 and the $16 million Spieker Aquatic Center was completed in the summer of 2009.
Guerrero has extensive experience in committee work at both the NCAA and conference level. He has been a member of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee (serving as Chair in 2009-10) and was also a member of the "College Basketball Partnership," a group formed by NCAA president Myles Brand that included many of the most influential people in the sport. He has also served as Chair of both the Pac-10 Athletic Directors Committee, the Budget and Finance Committee, and numerous other Pac-10 committees. He is currently a member of the Nominating, Revenue Sharing, Men's Basketball Tournament, Bowl and Rose Bowl Management committees. He has also served on other NCAA committees, including the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee and the Baseball Academic Enhancement Committee and at the time of his hire by UCLA was serving as the second vice president of the Division I-AAA Athletic Director's Association.
Guerrero came to UCLA from UC Irvine, where he had served as UCI's fifth permanent Director of Athletics for 10 years (1992-2002). The broad competitive success of its athletic teams, the academic excellence of its student-athletes, the development of new and improved facilities and enhanced relations with the UCI community, reflect the progress UC Irvine Athletics experienced under Guerrero's direction. During his tenure, the program continued to accumulate conference championships, garner national rankings, feature graduation rates among the nation's best, and win 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.
Resulting from Guerrero's resourcefulness and creativity, UCI experienced unprecedented activity in the area of athletic facilities development. In his final five years, Guerrero was the driving force behind $38 million of newly constructed or renovated facilities. These projects included a newly renovated track and soccer complex, a new 64-meter competitive swimming pool, a new baseball stadium and the Anteater Recreation Center, one of the premier recreation centers in the country. Prior to arriving at UC Irvine, Dan came from 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 in the Bruin baseball program for four years. His batting average in Pacific-8 Conference games over three seasons as a varsity performer 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 is married to the former Anne Marie Aniello and they have two grown daughters: Jenna and Katie.
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