Guerrero Named New AD

After a long, secretive search, UC Irvine's Dan Guerrero is named as UCLA's next athletic director...

After a much-watched but secretive search, UCLA announced today that Dan Guerrero has been named UCLA's new athletic director.

Guerrero, the current UC Irvine Athletic Director and former UCLA baseball player, will assume his new duties July 1.

"I am honored to accept the position of Director of Athletics at UCLA," said Guerrero. "Having the chance to return to my alma mater and lead such a prestigious athletic program are the reasons I embrace this opportunity. I commend the outstanding work my predecessors have done in guiding UCLA to the upper echelon of intercollegiate athletics, and I look forward to building upon the established excellence of the program."

Guerrero has been athletic director at UC Irvine since 1992, when he took over an athletic department that could be described as in dissarray. Guerrero is widely attributed with turning around UC Irvine sports, while also spearheading very effective fundraising and the building of new sports facilities. He's very highly regarded in the college sports community, especially among college coaches. He served as athletic director at Cal State Dominguez Hills for five years before going to UC Irvine.

"Dan will do an outstanding job as UCLA's next Director of Athletics," said UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale. "He has established himself as a successful athletic director in over 14 years at UC Irvine and Cal State Dominguez Hills, and I know that he is ready and eager to take on this new and exciting challenge. Dan knows that an athletic program must be successful in the classroom as well as on the field of competition. He is a former Bruin athlete and it's wonderful to welcome him home. We look forward to him making his mark in the unmatched athletic tradition of this university."

Guerrero has agreed to a five-year contract with a salary of $235,000 per year, pending approval by the Regents of the University of California.

Guerrero, 50, graduated from UCLA in 1974, after playing second base on the UCLA baseball team for three years. He then earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1982.

He was inducted into the UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

A press conference has been scheduled for Friday at UCLA.

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