|Born||October 3, 1945|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1971–1974||Boston College (OL)|
|1975–1978||North Central (IL)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1988||Illinois (interim AD)|
|Head coaching record|
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.
Education and playing career
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.
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.)
- Theresa Grentz, 1995–2006
- Jolette Law, 2007–2012
- Don Hardin, 1996–2009
- Kevin Hambly, 2009–2017
- Brad Dancer, 2006–current
- Michelle Dasso, 2006–current
Men's Track and Field
- Wayne Angel, 2003–current
- Jim Heffernan, 2009–current
- Atkins Tennis Center
- Reconstruction of Memorial Stadium
- Pending decision to renovate Assembly Hall or build a new basketball arena, expected in early 2009
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- "Illinois AD yelled at coach, called player 'idiot'". March 21, 2007. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2007.
- "Tate: I stand by my letter". IlliniHQ. Nov 9, 2009. Retrieved Dec 26, 2009.
- "Illini's Zook on Hot Seat". Chicago Sun-Times. Dec 11, 2009. Archived from the original on December 14, 2009. Retrieved Dec 26, 2009.
- "Illini Boosters: Zook Must Go". Peoria Journal-Star. Dec 11, 2009. Retrieved Dec 26, 2009.