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Ron Guenther

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Sport(s)  Football
1988  Illinois (interim AD)
Positions  Lineman
1975–1978  North Central (IL)
Role  American football player
1971–1974  Boston College (OL)
Name  Ron Guenther
1965–1966  Illinois
1992–2011  Illinois

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Born  October 3, 1945 (age 70) (1945-10-03)
Education  University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Ronald E. 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.


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Education and playing career

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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

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." (Herman was later relieved of his duties after a scholarship scandal.)


  • Ron Turner, 1997–2004
  • Ron Zook, 2005–2011
  • Men's basketball

  • Lon Kruger, 1996–2000
  • Bill Self, 2000–2003
  • Bruce Weber, 2004–2012
  • Women's basketball

  • Theresa Grentz, 1995–2006
  • Jolette Law, 2007–2012
  • Women's volleyball

  • Don Hardin, 1996–2009
  • Kevin Hambly, 2009–current
  • Men's tennis

  • Brad Dancer, 2006–current
  • Women's tennis

  • Michelle Dasso, 2006–current
  • Men's Track and Field

  • Wayne Angel, 2003–current
  • Wrestling

  • Jim Heffernan, 2009–current
  • Facility construction

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

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

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


    Ron Guenther Wikipedia