UC Davis Chancellor Linda P. B. Katehi announced the appointment of Terrance J. "Terry" Tumey as the school's director of athletics on July 5, 2012.
"In Terry Tumey, we've found the perfect person to take UC Davis athletics forward," said Katehi, who weighed input from the selection committee, Academic Senate, individual community members, and a strategic assessment from former NCAA President Cedric Dempsey, an adviser during the search.
"In addition to over a decade of experience in athletics administration in the college and professional ranks, Terry brings acumen in financial planning and analysis -- critical skills in these economic times -- and personal experience as a successful student athlete at UCLA," Katehi added.
"I am honored and humbled to serve the UC Davis community and become part of its rich athletics legacy," Tumey said.
"UC Davis is synonymous with success -- in the classroom, laboratory, community, and wherever its coaches and student-athletes compete. I am committed to upholding these values while maintaining a strong and clear vision for Aggie athletic excellence," he added.
Tumey has nearly two decades of coaching and administrative experience from collegiate and professional athletics. After earning his bachelor's degree in poiltical science from UCLA in 1988, then adding a master's degree from that school's Anderson School of Business in 1993, he served as an assistant coach for the Bruins until 1998. Tumey then assisted Mike Shanahan on the Denver Broncos' staff during the 1999 and 2000 seasons before moving careers from the field to the front office.
Tumey joined the San Francisco 49ers as a player personnel assistant in 2001, moved up to the assistant to the player personnel director in 2003, then assumed the role of director of football administration in June of 2004. As a member of the club's senior management, he supervised all fiscal responsibilities of the 49ers' football operations, which carried a budget of more than $35 million. Tumey served that role until April 2009.
After six years in the professional ranks, Tumey returned to collegiate athletics ranks, this time as the director of athletics at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif. In that role, he successfully guided the Penguins' athletics program through the transition from NAIA membership to NCAA Division II membership. The university received its certification in July of 2011. Tumey also created Dominican's institutional strategic plan for the athletics department, and led a $4.5 million capital campaign for DUC's facilities. Furthermore, his athletics program captured back-to-back Pacific West Conference Academic Achievement Awards for compiling the highest student-athlete GPA. DUC is the first league member to achieve such a feat.
Originally from Tulsa, Okla., Tumey earned three All-Pacific 10 Conference honors as a nose guard at UCLA. The Bruins went 36-10-2 in his career, capturing two conference titles.