On July 27th, 2012, Bernard Muir was named The Jacquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford University.
Bernard Muir was named Stanford's Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics on July 27, 2012. He was appointed to his new position by Provost John Etchemendy.
Muir brings to The Farm nearly 25 years of athletic administrative experience at Delaware, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Butler, Auburn and the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). He directed Delaware's athletic program from 2009-12 and, before that, was director of athletics at Georgetown from 2005-09. As an undergraduate at Brown University, Muir was a four-year letter winner in basketball, and earned a bachelor's degree in organizational behavior and management in 1990. He went on to earn a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1992.
In February 2012, Muir was named to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, which oversees all aspects of NCAA 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.
At Delaware, Muir is credited with increasing the competitiveness of Blue Hen varsity sports, helping secure NCAA Division I tournament games on campus and enhancing athletic facilities.
The Stanford program Muir will head has won 18 consecutive Directors' Cup trophies as the top overall athletic program in the country. Stanford athletic teams have won at least one national championship annually for the past 36 years, the longest such streak in the nation. Stanford teams have also won 103 NCAA Championships, a figure that ranks second in the nation. No other school has won more than Stanford's 423 individual national titles. All 35 programs exceed the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate.
The Stanford Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation supports 35 varsity sports as well as campus-wide recreation, fitness and wellness programs. The university employs about 100 coaches and assistants. Ten current coaches have led their teams to one or more NCAA titles.
Muir has earned the respect of collegiate athletic administrators nationwide, including Kevin White, director of athletics at Duke University, who is widely regarded as the dean of athletic directors.
Muir was selected after a nationwide search headed by Robert Simoni, the Donald Kennedy Chair in the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences and professor of biology, and Jeff Wachtel, senior assistant to the president.
Before joining the athletics administration at Georgetown, Muir served as deputy director of athletics/administration and facilities at the University of 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 national basketball championship and from 1992 to 1998 as assistant director of the Division I men's national basketball championship. He began his career in athletics administration as an athletic administrative assistant at Butler University in 1990, and subsequently held positions with Auburn University and Streetball Partners International of Dallas.
In 2007 Muir was named to Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal's "Top 40 Under 40."
Muir and his wife, Liz, have two daughters, Libby and Millie.