The first day of Martin Jarmond’s tenure as UCLA Bruins Athletic Director seemingly went off without a hitch. There was the debut of the new #MJListens initiative and Jarmond himself even spent a ton of time, or so it seems, meeting with individuals over remote, interactive meetings.
His welcome message was heard around the nation and he teamed up with multiple different athletic groups, from the student-athletes and coaches to The Den, UCLA’s official student section.
I’m writing to you today honored to be your new athletic director and excited to get to work. The opportunity to lead an athletics program as elite as UCLA’s is a tremendous privilege. The tradition and the legacy of excellence and leadership that has been established in Westwood is second to none, and I am looking forward to building upon that legacy and helping to move the program forward.
That process starts with listening to and learning from all of you. That’s why, today, I am excited to launch MJ Listens. Over the course of the next several months, I am committed to hearing from the people who know UCLA best: the students, faculty, alumni, staff and, of course, Bruin fans.
I recognize that this is a time of uncertainty for all of us. The coming months still hold many unknowns, and you have questions that I probably can’t answer right now. As we move forward, however, my intention is to write to you regularly over the course of the next few months, and share updates as often as I can. Your support means the world to us, and more importantly, to our student-athletes. I have heard a lot of great things about the Bruin family, and I look forward to meeting many of you in person.
There was even a 3-point contest initiated by the UCLA Men’s Basketball program and head coach Mick Cronin.
Kyman, of course, was in for that.
Cronin shared his excitement with a joke as well.
So, how else did Jarmond spend his first day in the public eye as UCLA’s athletic director? We take to Al Gore’s internet machine to find out.
So excited to welcome Martin Jarmond to UCLA Athletics! After two zoom meetings today, I could not be more impressed with his leadership style and energy! 4’s UP! 8-clap! Go Bruins! https://t.co/xcJXD35ah9— Carrie Forsyth (@coachcforsyth) July 1, 2020
Congrats on your first day as a Bruin @MartinJarmond! We can't wait until we get back in the water at Spieker Aquatics Center at Dirks Pool and we look forward to seeing you there! #GoBruins https://t.co/T2z0tqUIOC— UCLA Water Polo (@UCLAWaterPolo) July 2, 2020