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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. Since joining the Aggie family, Tumey has shared Katehi's vision of excellence for the University and for the intercollegiate athletics program and it's already manifested itself in both the classroom and the fields of competition.
The Aggies have won seven conference championships during his first two years overseeing UC Davis' broad-based 23-sport athletics program, including two Big West Conference titles in both women's track and field and golf, and two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation banners in women's swimming and diving. Women's gymnastics also added an MPSF championship.
The excellence has extended into the classroom where UC Davis has posted the highest NCAA Graduation Success Rates (GSR) in the Big West in both 2013 and 2014, posting rates of 87 and 88 percent, respectively. The Aggie football team led the Big Sky Conference in GSR both years while men's basketball (91 pct.) was tops in the Big West in 2013.
UC Davis has also been a leader in the NCAA's other academic measuring tool, the Academic Progress Rate. With football and men's basketball posting the highest APRs in their respective conferences in figures announced in 2014, the Aggies enjoyed more academic success. Five other UC Davis teams - women's water polo, men's soccer, women's gymnastics, women's volleyball and women's tennis - also had conference-best scores. Additionally, women's tennis posted a perfect 1000 multi-year APR, earning NCAA Public Recognition.
More than 200 student-athletes have been honored with scholar-athlete recognition from conferences and/or other organizations since 2012.
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.
""UC Davis is synonymous with success -- in the classroom, laboratory, community, and wherever its coaches and student-athletes compete," Tumey said. "I am committed to upholding these values while maintaining a strong and clear vision for Aggie athletic excellence."
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.
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