Ron Guenther

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Ron Guenther
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1945-10-03) October 3, 1945 (age 71)
Playing career
1965–1966 Illinois
Position(s) Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1974 Boston College (OL)
1975–1978 North Central (IL)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1988 Illinois (interim AD)
1992–2011 Illinois
Head coaching record
Overall 22–12–2

Ronald E. Guenther (born October 3, 1945) is the former American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois from 1975 to 1978, compiling a record of 22–12–2. Guenther was the athletic director at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign from 1992 until he retired on July 1, 2011.[1]

Education and playing career[edit]

Guenther is a graduate of the University of Illinois, having earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education in 1967 and an M.S. in administration in 1968. Guenther also played football at Illinois, lettering in 1965 and 1966 as an offensive lineman as well as being named second-team All-Big Ten and the team MVP in 1966. While at Illinois, Guenther was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Administrative career[edit]

University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman was quoted in July, 2006 as saying: "If he's not the best AD in the country, I want to know who is." and "He does a wonderful job of bringing in great coaches and building a team that understands what athletics is and needs to be about."[2] (Herman was later relieved of his duties after a scholarship scandal.)

Coaches hired[edit]


Men's basketball[edit]

Women's basketball[edit]

Women's volleyball[edit]

Men's tennis[edit]

  • Brad Dancer, 2006–current

Women's tennis[edit]

  • Michelle Dasso, 2006–current

Men's Track and Field[edit]

  • Wayne Angel, 2003–current


  • Jim Heffernan, 2009–current

Facility construction[edit]

  • Atkins Tennis Center
  • Reconstruction of Memorial Stadium
  • Pending decision to renovate Assembly Hall or build a new basketball arena, expected in early 2009


Guenther came under fire for an outburst during the 2007 NCAA Tournament, calling an Illini player an "idiot".[3]

Guenther has also been widely criticized by Illinois fans for the poor performance of the Illinois football team during his tenure.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Fighting Illini Icon Ron Guenther Retires After 19 Years as Athletics Director". May 16, 2011. Retrieved Nov 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "BOT wants Guenther long-term". Daily Illini. July 12, 2006. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Illinois AD yelled at coach, called player 'idiot'". March 21, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Tate: I stand by my letter". IlliniHQ. Nov 9, 2009. Retrieved Dec 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Illini's Zook on Hot Seat". Chicago Sun-Times. Dec 11, 2009. Archived from the original on December 14, 2009. Retrieved Dec 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Illini Boosters: Zook Must Go". Peoria Journal-Star. Dec 11, 2009. Retrieved Dec 26, 2009.