Pac-12 Conference

The Conference of Champions

About the Pac-12 Conference

2015-16 Year in Review

Staff Directory

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Built on a firm foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic performance, the Conference ushered in a new era on July 1, 2011, officially becoming the Pac-12 Conference with the additions of the University of Colorado and University of Utah.

Just 27 days after the Conference officially changed its name, Commissioner Larry Scott announced the creation of the Pac-12 Networks on July 27, 2011, solidifying a landmark television deal and putting the Conference on the forefront of collegiate athletics. The Networks, including one national network, six regional networks, and a robust digital network marked the first-ever integrated media company owned by a college conference. In addition, the “TV Everywhere” rights allow fans to access Pac-12 Networks outside the home on any digital device, including smartphones and tablet computers.

That same year, the Pac-12 also launched Pac-12 Global to proactively promote the Conference and its member institutions through student-athlete exchanges and sport. In the first five years, Pac-12 student-athletes have enjoyed unique cultural and athletic experiences in China and beyond. The Conference has sent several Pac-12 university teams as well as Pac-12 all-star volleyball and basketball teams abroad to compete internationally and learn about new cultures. This past November, the Pac-12 played host to the first-ever regular season men’s basketball game to be played in China as WASHINGTON defeated Texas in Shanghai. The Conference and its member schools have gained significant brand exposure around the world and set a foundation for continued growth.

On the field, the Pac-12 rises above the rest, upholding its tradition as the “Conference of Champions ®,” claiming an incredible 140 NCAA team titles since 1999-2000, including nine in 2014-15, an average of nearly nine championships per academic year. Even more impressive has been the breadth of the Pac-12’s success, with championships coming in 28 different men’s and women’s sports. The Pac-12 has led or tied the nation in NCAA Championships in 50 of the last 55 years, the only exceptions being in 1980-81, 1988-89, 1990-91 and 1995-96 when the Conference finished second, and only twice finished third in 1998-99 and 2004-05.

For the 10th-consecutive year, the Pac-12 had the most or tied for the most NCAA titles of any conference in the country, winning at least six every year since 2000-01. No other conference has won double-digit NCAA crowns in a single year, the Pac-12 doing so seven times, including a record 14 in 1996-97.

Spanning nearly a century of outstanding athletics achievements, the Pac-12 was the first conference to reach 400 championships in 2010-11. With the inclusion of Colorado and Utah, the Conference surpassed another major milestone, with league teams capturing 450 titles, outdistancing the next conference by nearly 200. In all, Conference teams have won 478 NCAA Championships (291 men’s, 158 women’s, 29 combined).

Pac-12 members have won 291 NCAA team championships on the men’s side, 77 more than the next closest conference. Men’s NCAA crowns have come at a phenomenal rate for the Pac-12 - 16 basketball titles by six schools (more than any other conference), 54 tennis titles, 47 outdoor track & field crowns, and 28 baseball titles. Pac-12 members have won 25 of 46 NCAA titles in volleyball, 41 of 46 in water polo, 29 in skiing, and 24 in swimming & diving national championships.

Individually, the Conference has produced an impressive number of NCAA individual champions. Over 2,000 (2,211) individual crowns have been won by Pac-12 student-athletes over the years with 1,334 by male student-athletes. Student-athletes have also captured 175 individual titles at combined championships (ie., skiing and fencing).

On the women’s side, the story is much the same. Since the NCAA began conducting women’s championships 34 years ago, Pac-12 members have claimed at least four national titles in a single season on 25 occasions, including 15-consecutive years from 2000-2015. Overall, the Pac-12 has captured 158 NCAA women’s titles, easily outdistancing the SEC, which is second with 97. Pac-12 members have dominated a number of sports, winning 23 softball titles, 21 tennis crowns, 14 volleyball titles, 16 of the last 26 trophies in golf, and 14 in swimming & diving.

Pac-12 women student-athletes shine nationally on an individual basis, as well, having captured an unmatched 702 NCAA individual crowns, an average of nearly 21 championships per season.

The Pac-12’s excellence is further proven in the annual Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup competition, the prestigious award that honors the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country. STANFORD continued its remarkable run and won a remarkable 21st-consecutive Directors’ Cup in 2014-15 leading the Pac-12 to an unprecedented 1-2-3 finish in the final standings. Seven Pac-12 member institutions ranked among the top-30 Division I programs, tying for the most of any conference, and five were in the top 15: No. 1 STANFORD, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 USC, No. 12 CALIFORNIA and No. 13 OREGON. At least five member institutions have been ranked in the top 20 in all but one year of the Director’s Cup program, with seven appearing in the top 20 on five different occasions (1998, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2006).

Staff Directory

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Larry Scott Commissioner
Jamie Zaninovich Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer
Woodie Dixon General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs
Danette Leighton Chief Marketing Officer
Ron McQuate Chief Financial Officer
Gloria Nevarez Senior Associate Commissioner / Senior Woman Administrator
Erik Hardenbergh Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
Heather Vaughan Vice President, Marketing
Carter Westfall Vice President, International
David Coleman Vice President, Officiating
Dave Hirsch Vice President, Communications
Will Hunter Vice President, Operations
Duane Lindberg Associate Commissioner, Television
Chris Dawson Associate Commissioner, Sports Management
Erik Price Associate Commissioner, Compliance
Tammy Newman Associate Commissioner, Governance
Ron Barker Associate Commissioner, Governance & Enforcement
Chris Grant Associate Commissioner, Sports Management & Championships
Anna Roberts Senior Director, Human Resources
Taylor Lien Director, Business Operations
Jesse Hooker Director, Communications
Michael Ortiz Director, Video Operations
Shannon Burrow Controller
Chris Merino Assistant Commissioner, Compliance
Natalia Ciccone Assistant Commissioner, Communications
Cheryl Wong Assistant Commissioner, Sports Management & Championships
Scott Tester Senior Manager, Ticket Operations
Noveen Moinpour Senior Manager, Events and Marketing
Carrie Xu Senior Manager, International
Liz Beadle Public Affairs Specialist
Ronny Bush Operations Manager
Lina Diaz Assistant Director, Business & Finance
Sean Harris Assistant Director, Sports Management & Championships
Michael Brady Video Operations Coordinator
Jamie Alfieri Coordinator, Officiating & Sports Management
Theo Mendoza Graphic Designer 
In Ja Halcomb Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
Wendy Heredia Senior Administrative Assistant
Meghan Cesnik Administrative Assistant
Kina Tua Administrative Assistant
Jamie Friderichs Sports Management Fellow
Molly Babcock Communications Fellow
Kasey Carlson Communications Fellow
Bobby Dibler Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating
Violet Palmer Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officiating
Joan Powell Coordinator of Women's Volleyball Officiating
Dave Yeast Coordinator of Baseball Officiating
Joanne Venditto Coordinator of Softball Officiating
Sandra Hunt Coordinator of Women's Soccer Officiating