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Rhonda Lundin Bennett joins Pac-12 as Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball

Aug 25, 2022
Bennett is interviewed by ESPN's LaChina Robinson at the 2019 Women's Final Four in Tampa, Fla.

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday that Rhonda Lundin Bennett, a former chair of the NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Committee, has been named Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball & Sports Management. In this new position, Bennett will spearhead the Conference’s strategic planning efforts to elevate, advance and grow the Pac-12 women’s basketball brand. 

Bennett will be responsible for the daily operation and administration of Pac-12 women’s basketball. She will work closely with the Conference’s women’s basketball coaches, administrators and broadcast partners, and will collaborate on women’s basketball scheduling, officiating, game operations and governance. Bennett will report to Deputy Commissioner Teresa Gould and begin her duties with the Pac-12 on September 22.

“We are thrilled to be adding a veteran administrator like Rhonda to our Pac-12 team,” Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff said. “She has established herself as a leader in the women's basketball community given her long-standing service on the NCAA DI Women's Basketball Committee. Her passion and deep experience in women's basketball will be a tremendous asset to our membership and provide the strategic thinking we are looking for to continue to elevate and invest in Pac-12 women's basketball.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Pac-12 as the Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball & Sports Management,” Bennett said. “I have great respect for the Conference, its commitment to women’s basketball and dedication to championship excellence in all aspects of the student-athlete experience. The sport has afforded me so many great opportunities, and I look forward to working with the coaches, teams and administrators to continue the success and growth of women’s basketball in the Pac-12.”

Bennett arrives at the Pac-12 following a nearly two-decade career at Nevada, including the past nine years as the Wolf Pack’s Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator. 

In 2014, she was named to the NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Committee, serving from 2014-19 and again in 2021. She was elected the chair of the committee in 2018 and 2019 and also served as a member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee and the NCAA Strategic Plan Steering Committee, helping develop the NCAA’s first strategic plan for any sport. 

Bennett will lend her expertise to a Conference that is one of the nation’s most successful women’s basketball leagues of late. Over the last seven seasons, the Pac-12 leads all conferences in Final Four appearances (7), NCAA Tournament wins (76), NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.685), regular-season, nonconference winning percentage (.793) and WBCA All-Americans (15).

A member of Nevada Athletics’ Senior Leadership Team and Executive Team, Bennett was also a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the University and served as a member of its Title IX Coalition. She was on Nevada’s Presidential Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, began the development of Wolf Pack Athletics’ diversity, inclusion and social justice initiative and wrote the department’s gender equity and diversity strategic plans.

Bennett oversaw community service efforts, working closely with Nevada’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to help the Wolf Pack win the Mountain West Conference SAAC Community Service Challenge five times in eight years. Among numerous other leadership roles, she chaired Nevada’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) strategic planning committee and authored the department’s APR strategic plan, chaired the department’s Athletics Hall of Fame Committee, oversaw Nevada’s 100 Years Celebration of Women’s Athletics in 2019 and represented the Wolf Pack on the Mountain West Conference Joint Council.

Prior to moving into sports administration in 2010, she headed up Nevada’s athletics communications efforts. Before coming to Reno in 2005, Bennett spent six years in athletics media relations at Arizona State, was at Kansas State in the same capacity during the 1998-99 season and an intern at Minnesota for two years following graduation. 

A native of Hillsboro, Ore., Bennett earned her bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern in 1996, where she got her start in college athletics as a student intern in the Wildcats’ sports information office. She recently earned her master’s in management and leadership from Western Governors University in Utah.