Janet Lucas Appointed as Interim Director of Athletics at UC Riverside

Long-time administrator has more than 20 years of intercollegiate athletics experience

Janet Lucas

Janet Lucas has been appointed interim director of athletics at UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Veteran athletics administrator Janet Lucas will lead the UC Riverside Division I Athletics program on an interim basis, Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox announced Thursday.

Lucas, who has been working as the executive associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at UC Riverside since 2006, has agreed to take over following the resignation of Jim Wooldridge, which takes effect today.

Before UCR, Lucas had worked for three years at California State University Northridge, as the senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. She was the interim athletics director at Northridge from August 2005 to August 2006.

“Janet Lucas knows UCR, the NCAA and the Big West Conference and she has a breadth of knowledge that makes her the right person to lead our athletics program at this time,” Wilcox said.

Lucas said she is honored to be a part of the UC Riverside community. “I share UCR’s values concerning the relationship between academics and athletics,” she said. “I look forward to leading the department in the development of an integrated and quality student-athlete experience that embraces and fosters academic, athletic, and personal success.”

Janet Lucas hugs women's basketball player Amber Cox during the 2007 Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Awards Ceremony.

Janet Lucas hugs women’s basketball player Amber Cox during the 2007 Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament Awards Ceremony.

In a letter to the campus community, Wilcox noted the accomplishments of Jim Wooldridge since July, 2013. He was UCR’s head men’s basketball coach for six seasons before that. “His enthusiasm for and commitment to UCR Athletics has inspired hundreds of our student-athletes and fans,” Wilcox said. “On behalf of the entire campus, I thank Jim for his service to UC Riverside and our region and wish him well in his future pursuits.”

She previously spent 15 years at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, reaching the position of senior associate director of athletics/senior woman administrator prior to heading west to Northridge in 2004.

Lucas earned a B.S. degree from Wake Forest University, graduating cum laude in physical education. She received an M.S. in sports administration from Ohio University.

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