Lorenzen begins post as senior associate A.D.

July 6, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - Dr. Michael Lorenzen, who most recently served as both an assistant athletics director and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, begins his new post as a senior associate athletics director for UC Davis. His primary responsibilities will be in the area of student-athlete outcomes, plus he will oversee the department’s academic advising unit and serve as a sports administrator for women’s volleyball and women’s swimming & diving.


“I am humbled by Dr. Blue’s trust in giving me the opportunity to play a role in developing his vision for student-athlete outcomes at UC Davis,” said Lorenzen. “There may be no university more perfectly positioned to focus on the intentional development of young men and women through elite athletic training and competition, given the history of academic achievement and impactful application of theory in the real world for which this university is known. 


“I believe we can find a powerful intersection between teaching the critical competencies that employers and graduate schools seek and helping student-athletes evolve them in the context of their athletic, academic, and social lives to maximize the outcome of their time at UC Davis.”


Lorenzen’s role in ICA’s student-athlete outcomes program furthers a major initiative put forth by Blue, now in his second year at the Aggie helm. Lorenzen will collaborate with the university’s Internship And Career Center, the Graduate School of Management, the campus faculty, and the development office to establish career-development opportunities for the more than 600 Aggies competing in 23 varsity sports.


“Our student-athletes take part in a proud history of success in both athletics and academics. We look to continue that focus, while adding an emphasis on positioning our student-athletes for their futures,” said Dr. Blue. “I am very confident Dr. Lorenzen will be a valuable asset for our student-athletes, a key member of our senior leadership team, and a major contributor to UC Davis Athletics’ mission. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this university.”


Lorenzen previously served as the Director of Student-Athlete Leadership and Development at Georgetown, a position that was elevated to assistant athletics director in 2013. In that role, he helped to secured one of the largest gifts in university history, which established the innovative Cooper Athletics Leadership Program. Named for donors Peter and Susan Cooper, the CALP was an initiative that allowed intercollegiate athletics to serve as an arena for personal development and leadership. It offered programs in such areas as education, sociocultural issue advocacy and training; leadership and team dynamics consulting; and personal strategic planning. 


During his tenure on the Hilltop, Lorenzen also was an adjunct professor in the Master of Professional Studies program at the GU School of Continuing Studies, teaching sports industry management. A 1987 graduate of Maryland, he earned his master’s degree in international relations from Yale in 1989, then completed his Ed.D in higher education administration and leadership from Pacific in 2010.


Prior to his career in athletics administration, Lorenzen served as head women’s gymnastics coach at Iowa, where he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004. He later was an assistant coach at Stanford for five years, and associate head coach at Arizona State for two more, while presiding over the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for a six-year stint.