UCLA Hires Boston College's Martin Jarmond As AD On Six-Year Deal
Boston College AD Martin Jarmond "was hired" to the same position at UCLA yesterday, signing a "six-year contract that calls for him to make $1.2 million in the first year and rises to $1.7 million in the final year," according to Ben Bolch of the L.A. TIMES. Jarmond's hiring is expected to be announced today. The 39-year-old "becomes the first UCLA athletic director without ties to the school since Fred Cozens filled the post upon UCLA’s opening in 1919." Jarmond has a "huge financial dilemma" at UCLA, where the athletic department "ran an $18.9-million deficit for the 2019 fiscal year, requiring an interest-bearing loan from the university." UCLA is "expected to go much deeper into the red in 2020 because of reduced revenue and donations related to the COVID-19 pandemic" (L.A. TIMES, 5/18). YAHOO SPORTS' Pete Thamel noted Jarmond "spent the last three years at BC, giving an antiquated department a needed jolt of energy and earning a reputation as a high-level fundraiser." BC "made a strong push to keep Jarmond the past 48 hours after UCLA’s interest became clear the last few days." Jarmond "beat out" Penn AD Grace Calhoun and UNLV AD Desiree Reed-Francois for the UCLA job (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/16). Jarmond this year was named an SBJ Forty Under 40 honoree.
FUNDRAISING PHENOM: In Boston, Julian Benbow wrote Jarmond "revamped a BC athletic department trying to regain its footing in the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference, making key hires in administration, investing in fan engagement, launching the department’s first strategic initiative, and bringing in three new coaches that gave their respective programs a boost of much-needed energy" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/17). Also in Boston, Steve Hewitt wrote one of Jarmond's "greatest contributions in his short time at BC may have been through fundraising, as he oversaw a plan that sought to bolster different areas of the department." It was supported by a $150M "capital campaign that was the first in BC history and largest of any ACC school" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/17).
BC CANDIDATES: YAHOO SPORTS' Thamel reported potential replacements for Jarmond at BC include ADs such as Temple’s Pat Kraft, Tulane’s Troy Dannen, UMass’ Ryan Bamford, Penn’s Calhoun and Associate ADs like Clemson's Graham Neff, OSU's Diana Sabau and OU's Zac Selmon. Those with "BC ties" include VCU AD Ed McLaughlin, Holy Cross AD Marcus Blossom and UCLA CFO Chris Iacoi. Internal candidates being considered include Senior Associate AD/Administration Vaughn Williams and Senior Associate AD and Senior Woman Administrator Jocelyn Fisher Gates (TWITTER.com, 5/16).