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.
Under Muir’s guidance in 2013-14, Stanford kept alive two of the most unfathomable streaks in college athletics. Stanford won its 20th consecutive Directors’ Cup trophy as the top overall athletic program in the country and extended its streak of having won at least one NCAA team championship annually for the past 38 years, the longest such streak in the nation.
Stanford teams have won 105 NCAA Championships, with 124 total team championships, the most of any school. With 10 individual national championships in 2013-14, Stanford extended another lofty number; no other school has won more than the Cardinal’s 440 individual national titles.
The school sponsors 36 varsity programs, all of which exceed the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate.
In addition to its 36 varsity sports, the Stanford Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation supports campus-wide recreation, fitness and wellness programs. The university employs over 100 coaches and assistants. Eleven current coaches have led their teams to one or more NCAA titles.
In 2014, Muir accepted an invitation to join the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee after originally being named to the committee in 2012. The committee oversees all aspects of NCAA collegiate men’s basketball at the Division I level and serves as the selection committee for the NCAA Tournament. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of USA Basketball.
Muir brought nearly 25 years of athletic administrative experience to The Farm from stops at Delaware, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Butler, Auburn and the NCAA. He directed Delaware’s athletic program from 2009 to 2012 and, before that, was director of athletics at Georgetown from 2005 to 2009.
At Delaware, Muir was credited with increasing the competitiveness of Blue Hen varsity sports, helping secure NCAA tournament games on campus and enhancing athletic facilities.
Before joining the athletics administration at Georgetown, Muir served as deputy director of athletics for administration and facilities at Notre Dame from 2004 to 2005. He also served at Notre Dame as senior associate athletic director for student welfare and development from 2003 to 2004 and as associate athletic director for student welfare and development from 2000 to 2003.
Muir worked for the NCAA from 1998 to 2000 as director of operations for the Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship and from 1992 to 1998 as assistant director of the Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.
He began his career in athletics administration as an athletic administrative assistant at Butler in 1990, and subsequently held positions with Auburn and Streetball Partners International of Dallas.
In 2007, Muir was named to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40.”
Muir earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational and behavioral 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 and Millie.