In 10 years, Dan Guerrero has clearly established a pattern of “image and substance” that few in his profession can match. UCLA teams have won a nations’ best 22 NCAA championships since his appointment, finished second 19 times and have enjoyed an additional 38 Top Five finishes. Overall, UCLA teams have won 108 NCAA Championships, a figure unmatched by any institution in the nation.
More than 80% of UCLA teams have qualified for NCAA post-season competition since 2002. The football team has appeared in eight bowl games and the men’s basketball team advanced to consecutive Final Fours from 2006-08. The program has also won 51 conference championships in 15 different sports, produced nearly 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 gold.
In the last 10 years, UCLA has finished second three times (2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06), third three times (2004-05, 2003-04 and 2011-12), fourth (2009-10), sixth (2002-03), 11th (2010-11) and 16th (2008-09) in the race for the Leerfield Sports Directors’ Cup. In 2011-12, UCLA was the only school in the nation to finish in the Top 3 in both men’s and women’s sports in the Capital One Cup.
This past year in NCAA competition, UCLA won its 108th NCAA title in women’s volleyball, and nine teams finished among the Top 5 nationally. Men’s water polo and women’s tennis finished second, men’s soccer, women’s gymnastics, men’s tennis and women’s water polo captured third place, and men’s golf and baseball each placed fifth. Bruin teams also won conference titles in men’s soccer, women’s gymnastics, baseball and men’s and women’s water polo. Also, 80 student- athletes earned All-America honors and 89 were selected to various all-conference teams.
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.
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.
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, 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, 60, was raised in Wilmington, CA. He is married to the former Anne Marie Aniello and they have two grown daughters.