UC Davis Today: Aggies welcome new athletics director

  • Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi introduces Terrance J. "Terry" Tumey during a gathering to meet the new director of athletics.

  • The new athletics director receives an official Aggie athletics cap as part of the welcome.

  • From left, father-in-law William Gonzales, mother Shirley Tumey and sister Cynthia Tumey listen during the introduction.

  • Student-athletes turn out for the event, including gymnastics team members, from left, Anna Shumaker, Michelle Ho and Cassandra Quebral.

  • Their coach, John Lavallee, gets a chance to chat with his new boss.

  • Erin Schlueter, left, from the water polo team, and Madeline Kennedy, from the gymnastics team, share a few laughs with the new athletics director.

  • Siblings Hayley Sue Benson, 11, and James Benson, 8, who are in the UC Davis summer baseball program, take the opportunity to shake hands.

  • Tumey meets retired women’s basketball coach Sandy Simpson as Gunrock listens in.

  • Members of the Cal Aggie Band-uh add to the festivities.

  • Campus supporter Joyce Wisner greets Tumey.

  • Aggie mascot Gunrock gives Tumey’s younger daughter Simone a high five as the rest of his family looks on.

  • Alumni and longtime athletics supporters Carol and Hal Sconyers meet the new head of athletics.

  • Members of the Sacramento-area news media conduct interviews.

  • Mark Honbo, a senior writer on the Athletics Communications staff, shares a moment with his new boss.

  • Tumey, who begins work Aug. 1, thanks the community for “an amazing welcome.”

Aggies welcome new athletics director

The campus community turned out on Tuesday, July 10, to welcome UC Davis’ new athletics director, Terrance J. “Terry” Tumey. 

Coaches, alumni and other supporters, student-athletes — and future student-athletes — all got to meet the man who has been chosen to lead the campus forward in NCAA Division 1. 

A seasoned administrator who has served since 2009 as athletics director at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, Tumey played football for the UCLA Bruins, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1988 and a master’s degree in business administration from UCLA in 1993.

He also served in the San Francisco 49ers’ front office from 2001 to 2009, rising from personnel assistant to director of football operations.

Tumey, who inherits an athletics program with 23 intercollegiate sports, more than 600 student-athletes and a $23 million annual budget, said he was committed to Aggie excellence in the classroom as well as on the field.

In 2011-12, five Aggie squads — women's cross country, gymnastics and track and field, and men's and women's golf — captured conference titles. UC Davis also placed second in the Big West Conference’s Commissioner Cup standings, its best-ever finish. 

A full member of the Big West Conference, UC Davis joins the Big Sky Conference this fall as a football-only member. 

Watch a video about the reception and read more about Tumey’s appointment

Photos for the slideshow were taken by Karin Higgins and Gregory Urquiaga of University Communications.

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