The University of Louisville finally has their next permanent athletic director.

The University of Louisville Athletic Association’s Board of Directors formally approved Josh Heird and hired to the full-time position (Heird had be serving as the interim athletic director for the last 6 months).

“It is impossible for me to put into words the emotion that accompanies this announcement,” Heird said in a release. “The opportunity to lead one of the premier athletic departments in the country means the world to me. … I will work tirelessly to provide our world-class coaches, staff, and student-athletes with the resources essential to achieve their academic and athletic dreams.”


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Heird had previously served as Louisville’s deputy athletic director, and also carried other administrative responsibilities within the athletic department.

He was elevated to interim AD on Dec. 13 following the sudden resignation of Vince Tyra. Around the same time, UofL President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi left for Penn State, elevating provost Dr. Lori Gonzalez to interim President.

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