WCC hires Gloria Nevarez as commissioner

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — The West Coast Conference has hired former Pac-12 executive Gloria Nevarez as the league’s new commissioner.

The WCC announced Monday that Nevarez will replace Lynn Holzman and become the fourth full-time commissioner in conference history. Holzman left in January to become NCAA vice president for women’s basketball.

Nevarez spent the last eight years with the Pac-12, where she served as the senior associate commissioner and senior woman administrator overseeing all Pac-12 championships with the exception of football.

Nevarez was the league’s primary liason for men’s basketball where she played a comprehensive role overseeing officiating, scheduling, television issues management, event management and the student-athlete experience.

Nevarez will be one of 10 female conference commissioners in Division I and the first Latin American woman to become a Division I commissioner.

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