If any of you are track and field junkies, we'd love to hear your reactions to this news from the official site that Dan Guerrero is combining "the leadership of the university's men's and women's track and field programs." From the release:
"We recognize that a unified vision as it relates to the track and field programs was needed to get both of them where we want them to be nationally," Guerrero said. "We are confident that we are taking a very important step today for the future of track and field at UCLA."
In the new model for UCLA Track and Field, men's head coach Mike Maynard has been named UCLA's first-ever Director of Track and Field. He will take the lead on fundraising and the general direction of the program and will be the liaison between the program and the athletic administration.
"I am proud to be a part of the consolidation of the UCLA Track and Field Program and to join with all of the coaches and the student-athletes to help get UCLA back to where it belongs, at the top the NCAA standings," Maynard said.
Meanwhile, Jeanette Bolden remains the UCLA Women's Head Coach and has also taken on additional responsibilities, coaching men's sprinters.
"I am a Bruin through and through and am excited to be given the opportunity of coaching the men's sprinters in addition to continuing in my role as the women's head coach," Bolden said.
The release notes that this kind of move is "the general direction now favored by many of the top programs nationwide." But, it didn't provide any specific examples.