Announcing UCLA’s Next Director of Athletics

Campus Update

Chancellor Block sent the following message to the UCLA campus community.

To the Campus Community:

I am delighted to share that Martin Jarmond has been named UCLA’s next Alice and Nahum Lainer Family Director of Athletics, in a six-year contract with the university.

Most recently the William V. Campbell Director of Athletics at Boston College, Martin is a principled, proven leader with a deep commitment to values that align with UCLA’s mission and our True Bruin Values.

Under his leadership, the Boston College Eagles have excelled in numerous sports, significantly improved the fan experience and invested in the welfare of student-athletes, including those who are first in their families to attend college. He developed the first strategic plan in Boston College athletics history — a comprehensive, five-year plan with a focus on fostering student-athlete development, strengthening competitive excellence, increasing external engagement and enhancing facilities.

The youngest athletic director among the Power Five conferences when he joined Boston College, Martin has been named twice to Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 for his contributions to intercollegiate athletics.

I want to thank all members of the search/advisory committee, which was chaired by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Monroe Gorden, Jr., for their roles in evaluating candidates, recommending finalists and recruiting Martin.

I am also grateful to outgoing Athletic Director Dan Guerrero for his decades of dedication to UCLA, to our fans and to our student-athletes. He has established a strong foundation for our future. Dan’s last day will be June 30, and Martin will begin on or before July 1.

I know all of our Bruin student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans are eager for competition to resume, and I am so grateful for their dedication and flexibility. We are working diligently with public health officials to assess what the fall athletics season will look like at UCLA.

From Rafer Johnson to John Wooden, this program has always inspired our student-athletes and supporters alike to persevere and excel. I am confident Martin will help UCLA carry on that storied tradition, with his exceptional leadership, integrity and excitement for our future. Even in challenging times like these, there is so much to look forward to and so much potential still to be unlocked for our program and within our student-athletes. Please join me in congratulating Martin and welcoming him to the team.

Go Bruins!


  • Gene D. BlockChancellor