Bernard Muir

Bernard Muir

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    The Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics

Bernard Muir was named Stanford’s Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics on July 27, 2012. He was appointed to his position by Provost John Etchemendy.

Through five seasons under Muir’s leadership, Stanford has extended two of the most recognizable streaks in college athletics. In 2016-17, the Cardinal captured its 23rd consecutive Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, presented to the most successful intercollegiate athletic department in the nation. Meanwhile, Stanford has also won at least one NCAA championship in each of the last 41 seasons, the longest such streak in the nation.

The 2016-17 campaign was especially memorable, with Stanford claiming four NCAA titles for the first time since 2001-02 and five national championships overall. The Cardinal captured NCAA crowns in men's soccer, women's volleyball, women's swimming and diving and women's water polo, along with its seventh IRA women’s lightweight rowing title in the past eight seasons.

During Muir’s tenure, Stanford has won 10 NCAA championships, increasing its total to 113 overall and tying UCLA for the all-time lead in NCAA team titles. The Cardinal has compiled 137 national team championships overall.

Other notable accomplishments from 2016-17 included Stanford capturing a record-fourth Capital One Cup on the women’s side, along with the Cardinal completing its most successful Olympics competition with a record 27 medals.

Stanford was equally prolific in the classroom, with 14 programs earning perfect 1,000 multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, a total that led all NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools and measures data collected over a span of four academic years. Additionally, 17 varsity teams earned APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA. The second year of the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program also yielded positive results, as 20 student-athletes joined their peers from Duke in a three-week, immersive summer service volunteer program with visits to South Africa, Vietnam, China and India.

Among DAPER’s notable facility upgrades during Muir’s tenure: Arrillaga Family Sports Center addition, Stanford Stadium fieldhouse, Sunken Diamond, Laird Q. Cagan Stadium expansion, Siebel Training Complex, Sand Volleyball Stadium and the Arrillaga Outdoor Education & Recreation Center.

In addition to its 36 varsity sports, the Stanford Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) supports campus-wide recreation, intramurals, fitness and wellness programs and 32 club sports. In addition to boasting the largest collegiate employee wellness program in the country with over 11,000 participants, Stanford’s recreational facilities welcomed over one million visitors last year.

Since 2012, Muir has served as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, which oversees all administrative aspects of NCAA collegiate men’s basketball at the Division I level and comprises the NCAA Tournament selection committee. He has been appointed vice chair for the 2017-18 season and will chair the committee for the 2018-19 season. Muir was also named to USA Basketball’s 12-member Board of Directors for the 2017-20 quadrennium in November 2016.

Muir’s leadership has also been recognized on a higher level with a pair of recent achievements. In 2016, Muir was an Athletic Director of the Year finalist for the Sports Business Journal Awards. Two years ago, Muir was a recipient of the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award, which annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their collegiate athletics careers while taking into account professional achievements.

Muir brought nearly 25 years of athletic administrative experience to The Farm from stops at Delaware, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Butler, Auburn and the NCAA. Muir directed Delaware’s athletic program from 2009-12 and also served as director of athletics at Georgetown from 2005-09. 

Before joining the athletics administration at Georgetown, Muir served as deputy director of athletics for administration and facilities at Notre Dame from 2004-05. He also served at Notre Dame as senior associate athletic director for student welfare and development from 2003-04 and as associate athletic director for student welfare and development from 2000-03. 

Muir worked for the NCAA from 1998-2000 as director of operations for the Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship and from 1992-98 as assistant director of the Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship. 

In 2007, Muir was named to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40.”

Muir earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Management from Brown in 1990 and a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio in 1992. 

As an undergraduate at Brown, Muir was a four-year letterwinner in basketball.

Muir and his wife, Liz, have two daughters, Libby, a sophomore on Stanford’s lacrosse team, and Millie, who is entering eighth grade.