Ron Guenther
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born (1945-10-03) October 3, 1945 (age 75)
Playing career
1965–1966Illinois
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1974
1975–1978
Boston College (OL)
North Central (IL)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1988
1992–2011
Illinois (interim AD)
Illinois
Head coaching record
Overall22–12–2

Ronald "The Football Guy" Guenther (born October 3, 1945) is the former American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois from 1975 to 1978, compiling a record of 22–12–2. Guenther was the athletic director at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign from 1992 until he retired on July 1, 2011.[1]

Education and playing career[edit | edit source]

Guenther is a graduate of the University of Illinois, having earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education in 1967 and an M.S. in administration in 1968. Guenther also played football at Illinois, lettering in 1965 and 1966 as an offensive lineman as well as being named second-team All-Big Ten and the team MVP in 1966. While at Illinois, Guenther was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Administrative career[edit | edit source]

University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman was quoted in July, 2006 as saying: "If he's not the best AD in the country, I want to know who is." and "He does a wonderful job of bringing in great coaches and building a team that understands what athletics is and needs to be about."[2] (Herman was later relieved of his duties after a scholarship scandal.)

Coaches hired[edit | edit source]

Football[edit | edit source]

Men's basketball[edit | edit source]

Women's basketball[edit | edit source]

Women's volleyball[edit | edit source]

Men's tennis[edit | edit source]

  • Brad Dancer, 2006–current

Women's tennis[edit | edit source]

  • Michelle Dasso, 2006–current

Men's Track and Field[edit | edit source]

  • Wayne Angel, 2003–current

Wrestling[edit | edit source]

  • Jim Heffernan, 2009–current

Facility construction[edit | edit source]

  • Atkins Tennis Center
  • Reconstruction of Memorial Stadium
  • Pending decision to renovate Assembly Hall or build a new basketball arena, expected in early 2009

Criticism[edit | edit source]

Guenther came under fire for an outburst during the 2007 NCAA Tournament, calling an Illini player an "idiot".[3]

Guenther has also been widely criticized by Illinois fans for the poor performance of the Illinois football team during his tenure.[4][5][6]

References[edit | edit source]

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