Gloria Nevarez

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Gloria Nevarez is the fourth full-time Commissioner of the West Coast Conference.[1] Nevarez is the first Latin-American to become a Commissioner of a NCAA Division I Conference.[2][3][4] Prior to her duties as Commissioner, Nevarez served as a senior level administrator at the Pac-12 Conference, University of Oklahoma, West Coast Conference, University of California, Berkeley, and San Jose State University.[5]


Gloria Nevarez
Preceded byLynn Holzman
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Massachusetts (B.S.)
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D.)
OccupationWest Coast Conference Commissioner


A Bay Area native, Nevarez graduated from Santa Clara High School.[7] Nevarez went on to attend the University of Massachusetts, where she was a scholarship student-athlete in basketball.[8] Nevarez graduated from the University of Massachusetts (Cum Laude) with a B.S. in Sports Management.[9][6] After completion of her career at the University of Massachusetts, Nevarez attended the University of California, Berkeley, Law where she graduated with a Juris Doctorate.[10]


Finishing the completion of her J.D. degree, Nevarez began a career at a law firm.[7] After a brief time practicing law, Nevarez was hired as the first full-time Director of Compliance for athletics at San Jose State University.[10] From there, Nevarez was hired by the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as the Assistant Athletics Director of Compliance and Legal Affairs, while also serving as the interim Senior Woman Administrator.[11] Following that, Nevarez began a term as the Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator for the West Coast Conference for the next 5 years.[5] On August 2007, Nevarez was named Sr. Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Oklahoma.[12]

In March of 2010, Nevarez was named Senior Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator of the Pac-12 conference.[11] During her time at the Pac-12, Nevarez oversaw all sports and championships except football and was the leagues' point person for men's basketball.[5] Additionally, Nevarez was instrumental in the Pac-12's expansion from ten institutions to twelve, the relocation of the men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas, and the women's basketball tournament in Seattle.[13] She was the lead on various international trips to China and Australia taken by Pac-12 teams, notably, Nevarez was instrumental in assisting UCLA when three players were arrested in China for stealing.[14]

In March of 2018, the West Coast Conference Presidents' Council selected Nevarez as the fourth full-time Commissioner to serve the West Coast Conference.[5][15]


Nevarez is married to fellow University of California, Berkeley, Law graduate Richard Young.[5] Additionally, Nevarez has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco teaching on topics in sports law.[5]


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  2. ^ "Q&A with WCC's Gloria Nevarez, first Latin American woman to lead Division I conference". Sporting News. 2018-11-08. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  3. ^ Wharton, David. "Gloria Nevarez delivers clear message as first Latina commissioner in Division I". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  4. ^ Spears, Marc J. (2019-03-20). "Gloria Nevarez is more than just the first Latino commissioner in Division I". The Undefeated. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Gloria Nevarez Named West Coast Conference Commissioner". Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  6. ^ a b "Gloria Nevarez: A Groundbreaking Commissioner's 'Obligation' To Advocate". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  7. ^ a b "Torchbearers: Gloria Nevarez, PAC 12 - CollegeAD". CollegeAD. 2016-10-10. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  8. ^ "1990-91 Roster". University of Massachusetts Athletics. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  9. ^ "McCormack Alumni Award Winners | Isenberg School of Management | UMass Amherst". Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  10. ^ a b "NCAA regional another milestone for Pac-12's Nevarez". Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  11. ^ a b "Pac-10 Conference Appoints New Senior Associate Commissioner". Pac-12. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  12. ^ "school-bio_nevarez". OU Athletics. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  13. ^ "CU looks like good match for Pac-10 on, off field". The Denver Post. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  14. ^ Bolch, Ben. "Three UCLA basketball players held in China are suspended indefinitely and offer apologies". Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  15. ^ Glass, Alana. "Women In Sports To Watch In 2019". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-01-17.