Pac-12 Conference

The Conference of Champions

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Built on a firm foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic performance, the Pac-12 Conference renewed its undisputed claim as the Conference of Champions® in 2016-17, becoming the first conference to win 500 NCAA Championships. Beyond the court’s and fields, the Pac-12’s accomplishments extend into the classrooms across 12 campuses, and outside its traditional geographic footprint into new corners around the world.

En route to becoming the first conference to win 500 NCAA Championships, the Pac-12 led the nation in 2016-17 with 13 NCAA crowns. This haul adds to the an incredible 158 NCAA team titles since 1999-2000 and 300 since 1981-82, the start of women’s sports sponsorship, an average of over nine per year. Even more impressive has been the breadth of the Pac-12’s success with championships coming in 29 different men’s and women’s sports. The Pac-12 has led or tied the nation in NCAA Championships in 51 of the last 57 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 12th-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 nine times, including a record 14 in 1996-97.

Spanning over a century of outstanding athletics achievements, The Pac-12 has claimed 501 NCAA Championships (297 men’s, 174 women’s, 30 combined), nearly 200 more than the next league. It was also the first to win 400 championships then surpassed 450 when Colorado and Utah joined the league in 2010-11.

Pac-12 members have won 297 NCAA team championships on the men’s side, 81 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, 54 tennis titles, 47 outdoor track & field crowns, and 28 baseball titles. Pac-12 members have won 25 of 47 NCAA titles in volleyball, 43 of 48 in water polo, 30 in skiing, and 24 in swimming & diving national championships.

Individually, the Conference has produced an impressive number of NCAA individual champions. Over 2,000 (2,292) individual crowns have been won by Pac-12 student-athletes over the years with 1,358 by male student-athletes. Student-athletes have also captured 185 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 36 years ago, Pac-12 members have claimed at least four national titles in a single season on 26 occasions, including a current streak of 17-consecutive years, dating back to 2000. Overall, the Pac-12 has captured 174 NCAA women’s titles, easily outdistancing the SEC, which is second with 100. Pac-12 members have dominated a number of sports, winning 23 softball titles, 23 tennis crowns, 15 volleyball titles, 18 of the last 28 trophies in golf, and 15 in swimming & diving.

Pac-12 women student-athletes shine nationally on an individual basis, as well, having captured an unmatched 749 NCAA individual crowns, an average of over 20 championships per season, including 30 in 2016-17.

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 won an unprecedented 23rd-consecutive Directors’ Cup in 2016-17 to lead the Conference. Five Pac-12 member institutions ranked among the top-15 Division I programs, and a remarkable six institutions were in the top 20: No. 1 STANFORD, No. 3 USC, No. 8 OREGON, No. 9 UCLA, No. 12 CALIFORNIA and No. 20 WASHINGTON. 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, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs
Laura Hazlett Chief Financial Officer
Danette Leighton Chief Marketing Officer
Erik Hardenbergh Chief of Staff
Gloria Nevarez Senior Associate Commissioner / Senior Woman Administrator
Ron Barker Associate Commissioner, Governance & Enforcement
Chris Dawson Associate Commissioner, Sports Management
Chris Grant Associate Commissioner, Sports Management & Championships
Duane Lindberg Associate Commissioner, Television
Erik Price Associate Commissioner, Compliance
Tammy Newman Associate Commissioner, Governance & Enforcement
David Coleman Vice President, Officiating
Dave Hirsch Vice President, Communications
Will Hunter Vice President, Operations
Anna Roberts Vice President, Human Resources
Heather Vaughan Vice President, Marketing
Andrew Walker Vice President, Public Affairs
Carter Westfall Vice President, International
Natalia Ciccone Assistant Commissioner, Communications
Chris Merino Assistant Commissioner, Compliance
Cheryl Wong Assistant Commissioner, Sports Management & Championships
Jesse Hooker Director, Communications
Noveen Moinpour Director, Marketing
Michael Ortiz Director, Video Operations
Shannon Ward Controller
Tyler Jahnke Manager, Ticket Sales
In Ja Halcomb Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
David Lucero Manager, Operations
Theo Mendoza Graphic Designer 
Lina Diaz Assistant Director, Business & Finance
Sean Harris Assistant Director, Sports Management & Championships
Jamie Alfieri Coordinator, Officiating & Sports Management
Michael Brady Coordinator, Video Operations
Molly Babcock Communications Fellow
Heather Ward Communications Fellow
Wendy Heredia Senior Administrative Assistant
Meghan Cesnik Administrative Assistant
Kina Tua Administrative Assistant
Kyle O'Malley Sports Management Intern
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