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UNM Names Interim Athletic Director

UNM Names Interim Athletic Director

Janice Ruggiero Is Senior Woman Administrator

The University of New Mexico has named Janice Ruggiero as acting athletic director while it conducts a national search for a permanent hire, UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah said Monday.

Ruggiero is UNM’s deputy athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator.

“I have every confidence in Janice’s ability to lead our programs,” Abdallah said in a statement. “It is an honor to be able to appoint the first woman to oversee all of UNM athletics.”

“Ruggiero is a native New Mexican and lifelong Lobo. She played high school basketball under former Lobo Coach Don Flanagan, before playing at UNM for three seasons,” UNM said in a release announcing her appointment.

“She received her degree in business from UNM in 1989, and her masters in Sports Administration in 1997. She began working in Athletics in 1990, and has spent the past 27 years as a coach, advisor, compliance officer and administrator, supervising nearly every sport and every division in the department. She was named as one of the top 10 Senior Woman Administrators by College AD, as well as being on numerous NCAA committees.”

Ruggiero replaces Paul Krebs, who announced his retirement as athletic director on June 2. Krebs had been under intense fire in regards to a 2015 fundraising golf junket to Scotland. Krebs’ retirement is effective June 30.

Both the New Mexico Attorney General and State Auditor offices have announced they are investigating the $65,000 golf junket.

“I would like to thank President Abdallah for this opportunity,” Ruggiero said in a statement. “As a lifelong Lobo – in the classroom, on the court and as an administrator – I am excited to take on this new endeavor. I would also like to thank Paul Krebs for his vision for Lobo Athletics, and for advancing the Department in the areas of academics, competitiveness and facility improvements. Our student-athletes have benefited greatly under his leadership.”

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.