In April 2018, Gloria Nevarez was selected to serve as the fourth full-time Commissioner in the 66-year history of the West Coast Conference. Nevarez is one of 10 female conference commissioners serving in Division I Athletics and is the first Latin American to ascend to the commissioner's chair in Division I. She is currently serving on the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, a group responsible for Division I men’s basketball policy.
Nevarez returned to the WCC following a successful stint at the Pac-12 Conference. She was named the Pac-10’s Senior Associate Commissioner, Senior Woman Administrator, in April 2010. In this role, Nevarez oversaw all sports and championships except football, while also serving as the Conference liaison for men’s basketball and tournament director the men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas. Nevarez had led all-star teams to China and Australia and brought conference teams to China for the first ever NCAA regular season game. In her tenure at the Pac-12 Nevarez was instrumental in league expansion, relocation and success of the both men’s and women’s basketball tournament, creation and operation of the Pac-12 Networks, development of international initiatives and sustainability efforts.
Prior to joining the Pac-10 staff, Nevarez served as Senior Associate AD at the University of Oklahoma. Her responsibilities at OU were wide ranging and included sport administration duties as well as other administrative responsibilities. Before her time at Oklahoma, Nevarez spent five years working in compliance at the West Coast Conference, with previous stops at the University of California and San Jose State University.
A four-year scholarship athlete and letter-winner in basketball at the University of Massachusetts, she graduated cum laude from UMass. She served on the board of advisors for the UMass sports management department, a division of the Isenberg School of Business.
Nevarez received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California. While a student, she served on the La Raza Law Journal and was a co-founder of the Boalt Hall Sport and Entertainment Law Society.
A native of Santa Clara, Calif., Nevarez is married to Richard Young.
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