Louisville’s athletic board has promoted Josh Heird to everlasting athletic director after practically six months main the division on an interim foundation.
The College of Louisville Athletic Affiliation’s board of administrators and personnel committee accredited Heird’s promotion in a particular assembly Friday morning. He acquired a five-year contract by means of June 2027 with a proposed base annual wage of $850,000 plus incentives.
“I’m extraordinarily conscious of the duty and expectations that include this appointment,” Heird, 41, mentioned in an announcement. “I’ll work tirelessly to offer our world-class coaches, employees, and student-athletes with the assets important to attain their educational and athletic goals.”
The choice follows a nationwide search that started final month with the committee interviewing a number of athletic administrators from different colleges earlier than in the end recommending Heird.
Louisville interim president Lori Stewart Gonzalez mentioned in an announcement that Heird “represents who we’re right now — and who we aspire to be. … He has demonstrated repeatedly that not solely is he prepared to guide our program — he is able to elevate it.”
Since taking up Louisville athletics in mid-December following Vince Tyra’s resignation, the previous deputy athletic director has overseen the departure of males’s basketball coach Chris Mack and the hiring of former Cardinals participant Kenny Payne as his successor.
Additionally, the Louisville ladies’s basketball crew reached its fourth Remaining 4 beneath coach Jeff Walz, who acquired a contract extension this spring.
Heird labored as a senior affiliate athletic director at Villanova in 2018-19 earlier than his newest stint at Louisville. He additionally labored at Louisville from 2007 to 2016, together with 4 years as assistant athletic director for championships and amenities.
The Related Press contributed to this report.