In stunning news within the Boston College community, the school’s heralded Athletic Director, Martin Jarmond, has been named the new Athletic Director at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Jarmond is accepting a six-year deal at UCLA to fill the same role he took at Boston College. He is replacing Dan Guerrero, who previously filled the role for the last 18 years.
Jarmond is now tasked with working with a football program that finished 4-8 in the Pac-12 under Head Coach Chip Kelly and a storied basketball program that finished 19-12 in the shortened 2019-2020 season under first-year Head Coach Mick Cronin.
The other candidates for the UCLA position included University of Pennsylvania’s Grace Calhoun and University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s Desiree Reed-Francois.
Jarmond, formerly the associate Athletic Director at Ohio State University, came to the Heights when the Eagles were in much need of a rebrand. He replaced former Athletic Director Brad Bates, who served under the title from 2012 – 2017, ultimately leaving to pursue a career in consulting.
Jarmond made history when he joined the Boston College family. He became the first African-American to fill the role on the Heights and the youngest AD in Power Five school history at 37.
He was the eighth athletic director at Boston College.
While it is difficult to see Jarmond leave, he was crucial in turning our athletic teams around and sending them on the right trajectory for the future.
During his time at BC, the school constructed the 115,700 square-foot Fish Field House, a $52.6 million project that has helped entice football recruits during their visits.
He convinced ESPN to bring College Gameday back to the Heights in November of 2018 for the Eagle’s much-anticipated matchup against top-ranked Clemson.
He hired Women’s Basketball Head Coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee and Football Head Coach Jeff Hafley, the former going on to become the ACC Coach of the Year this past season and the latter already making his mark on the school.
Additionally, he hired Women's Volleyball Head Coach Jason Kennedy, who turned in a twenty win season in his second year.
Most importantly, it felt like he was listening to the fan’s needs and trying to rekindle the passion that had been felt on the Heights in previous years.
Now, in the midst of an unprecedented time, BC is once again on the search for a new Athletic Director. It will be an attractive Power Five position with programs on the cusp of greatness.
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