NFL Executive Appointed Director of Athletics

After a nationwide search, Dominican University of California President Joseph R. Fink has appointed Terrance J. Tumey, who for the past five years has served as director of football administration with the San Francisco 49ers, as the University’s Director of Athletics.

“In Terry Tumey we have found a consummate professional who will lead our athletics department to the next level of competition,” Dr. Fink said. “Terry is an experienced and accomplished athletics administrator who not only embraces the values of our institution, but who also will measure the success of our student-athletes by their performance on the field and in the classroom.”

Terry Tumey, Director of Athletics

Tumey, who has more than 14 years of coaching and administrative experience in professional and collegiate athletics, joined the 49ers in 2001 after spending two years as a defensive assistant coach for the Denver Broncos. Tumey began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, UCLA, in 1992 and later joined the Bruins staff full-time in 1995, serving as the defensive line coach for four years from 1995-1998.

Tumey will oversee Dominican’s transition to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II. Dominican currently is a member of the California Pacific Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II. The University has been invited to join the Pacific West Conference of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II and plans on competing in a full Pacific West Conference Schedule in 2009-2010.

The Pacific West Conference of the NCAA Division II consists of four universities in Hawaii - Brigham Young University Hawaii, Chaminade University, Hawaii Pacific University, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo – as well as Dixie State College in Utah, Grand Canyon University in Arizona, and Notre Dame de Namur University in California.

Tumey also will oversee Dominican’s “Field of Dreams” project. This multipurpose sports complex will include an artificial grass softball field, a multi-use artificial grass field carrying lines and markings for soccer and lacrosse, inlaid lines and markings for two synthetic turf volleyball courts, and a 90-space parking lot.

“We are delighted that Terry has joined Dominican at a pivotal time for our athletics program,” Fink said. “In recent years we have recruited top-notch students and coaches into our program and, with NCAA II affiliation, we anticipate the Dominican Penguins becoming a powerhouse in Northern California collegiate athletics.”

Jon Delano, head women’s soccer coach at Dominican, said that Tumey will be a “phenomenal face for the athletics program.”

“Terry is a dynamic leader who has the ability to motivate his colleagues with ease,” Delano said. “His athletic background and business acumen are essential to the future success of Dominican Athletics, as well as to the "Field of Dreams" project.”

Head men’s basketball coach Bret Tovani added: “The message to the campus community, and the coaching staff in particular, is that the University is going to do everything in its power to ensure a successful move to NCAA Division II. This is a very exciting time for us all.”

Brianna Chambers, head women's basketball head coach, said: "Making the move to NCAA Division II and hiring a new athletics director is an important time for the University and the athletics program. This is a great University and I am excited about the future of Dominican athletics.”

Tumey was director of football administration with the San Francisco 49ers from June 2004 to April 2009. He managed budget and financial endeavors for all football operation cost centers (including scouting, coaching and training camp budgets) with expenditures totaling in excess of $35 million. He was originally hired by the 49ers and Terry Donahue in 2001 as a personnel assistant in charge of evaluating talent and scouting opponents. Tumey was promoted to assistant director of football administration in March 2003.

Tumey served as defensive assistant coach for Mike Shanahan with the Denver Broncos for two seasons (1999-2000). Before joining the Broncos, Tumey was defensive line coach for Terry Donahue at UCLA (1995-98).

Tumey worked as senior associate for Coopers & Lybrand (1993-94) where he analyzed and advised on corporate relocation strategies among many other duties. He served as a capital planning manager for Panda Management Company in Pasadena (1994-95), developing marketing plans and analyzing the viability of potential restaurant sites.
From 1988-90, Tumey was an assistant project manager for Griffin Homes in Calabasas (1988-89) and served as project manager with Crescent Bay Company in Santa Monica (1989-90).

Tumey earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA in 1988. A three-time All-Pacific-10 first-team choice as a nose guard for coach Terry Donahue (1985-87), Tumey helped the Bruins win four bowl games (including the Rose Bowl during the 1985 season), compile a record of 36-10-2 and finish ranked in the top-10 three times during his four-year career. His sack of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar preserved the Bruins’ 39-37 victory over the Hurricanes in the Fiesta Bowl in Tumey’s freshman season.

In 1993, Tumey received a master’s degree in business administration from UCLA’s Andersen School of Business. Tumey sits on the Board of Directors of Black Empowerment through Entertainment and Sports and is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, a voting member of the UCLA Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and a member of the Fritz Pollard Alliance. A native of Tulsa, OK, Tumey and his family reside in Piedmont, CA.

Dominican University of California sponsors six women's athletic teams and four men's teams, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.

In recent years, the Penguins have enjoyed success on the field and the court, winning 20 Cal Pac Conference Championships, one NAIA Region II Championship, and one National Small College Championship, making a total of nine NAIA Region II and seven NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances in the process.

Dominican’s Department of Athletics is housed in the state-of-the art Conlan Recreation Center. Opened in 2000, the Center houses regulation basketball and volleyball courts, a fitness center, a multipurpose room, and a swimming pool. Since opening its doors in spring of 2000, the Conlan Recreation Center has quickly gained the reputation as being one of the finest small recreation facilities in Northern California.