Three years after coming to Boston College as the nation’s youngest Power Five athletic director and launching an ambitious strategic plan, Martin Jarmond is leaving the school to become athletic director at UCLA, according to multiple reports.
Jarmond will inherit a UCLA athletic department that reported an $18.9 million deficit for the 2019 fiscal year as he replaces the retiring Dan Guerrero, who has held the job since 2002.
The search came down to Jarmond and UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois, according to a Wednesday report from the Los Angeles Times. Reed-Francois withdrew her name from consideration on Friday.
Jarmond was the deputy athletic director at Ohio State before taking the Boston College job in 2017 and launching a five-year initiative backed by an ambitious fundraising campaign. The plan called for enhancing BC’s facilities, among other things.
But perhaps his most noteworthy act as BC’s athletic director came in December when Jarmond fired football coach Steve Addazio after the Eagles’ fifth bowl appearance in seven seasons. Jarmond cited a desire to be more competitive in the ACC and nationally after the program’s third straight season with a 4-4 conference record brought Addazio’s seven-year mark in league play to 22-34. Jarmond hired Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley as the program’s new head coach.
At UCLA, Jarmond will inherit a pair of relatively new hires in the program’s most-visible sports. Football coach Chip Kelly is entering his third season with a lackluster 7-17 record after his hire was initially greeted with near-universal acclaim.
Meanwhile, the Bruins’ basketball program is in the early stages of a revitalization after last year’s circuitous search to replace the fired Steve Alford. Guerrero eventually landed on Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin, who led UCLA to a second-place finish in the Pac-12 in his first year on the job.