Guerrero’s decision means the two major universities in Los Angeles are looking for athletic directors. Earlier this month, the University of Southern California’s Lynn Swann resigned as director of athletics. He leaves after a three-year stint marked by the admissions scandal that ensnared actress Lori Loughlin.
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For UCLA, Guererro said in a statement that a recent bout with cancer and the birth of a second grandchild led to his retirement.
“For these reasons, it is time for me to step aside and for UCLA athletics to flourish under new leadership while I focus on my health and on my family,” Guerrero said in the statement. “In the remaining year ahead, we still have a great deal of work to do and championships to win, and I look forward to every minute of it.”
A search firm will look for Guerrero’s successor. The UCLA Bruins won 32 NCAA championships during Guerrero’s tenure, but the fortunes of its storied men’s basketball team and football squad have been less favorable.