Vince Tyra named UofL athletic director

Louisville promotes Tyra to permanent AD

Vince Tyra is officially the athletic director at the University of Louisville after six months in the interim role.

Tyra was unanimously approved as AD on Monday after a series of meetings by the University of Louisville Athletic Association and its Board of Trustees.

UofL's board of trustees approved Tyra's hiring Monday after UofL's athletic association formally recommended him for the position. The search committee also reportedly considered two other candidates in addition to Tyra.

Tyra is hired under a five-year contract at $850,000 a year, with a possible $150,000 in additional annual bonuses. Xavier head coach Chris Mack has been speculated as Louisville's top choice.


The university is looking to fill a basketball head coaching vacancy after announcing David Padgett would not be retained following one season as interim coach.

Tyra is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a bachelor's degree in health administration and played on the United Kingdom baseball team, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was named last fall to temporarily replace longtime AD Tom Jurich, whom the school placed on paid administrative in the wake of Louisville's involvement in a federal corruption investigation of college basketball.By GARY B. He was an operating partner for Southfield Capital, adviser to ISCO Industries and was on the board of directors for the UofL Foundation.

Still, the taint of the inquiry compounded by the escort scandal that led to Louisville having to forfeit its 2013 NCAA title, proved to be the last straw for the university with Jurich and former head coach Rick Pitino. He has been credited with tightening the books of an organization that came under scrutiny under former U of L president James Ramsey.

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