Louisville completes Heird's promotion to AD

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Louisville's athletic board has promoted Josh Heird to permanent athletic director after nearly six months leading the department on an interim basis.

Louisville completes Heird's promotion to AD

Louisville makes Josh Heird full-time athletic director 9:06 AM ET ESPN News Services Louisville's athletic board has promoted Josh Heird to permanent athletic director after nearly six months leading the department on an interim basis. The University of Louisville Athletic Association's board of directors and personnel committee approved Heird's promotion in a special meeting Friday morning. He received a five-year contract through June 2027 with a proposed base annual salary of $850,000 plus incentives. "I am extremely aware of the responsibility and expectations that come with this appointment," Heird, 41, said in a statement. "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." The decision follows a national search that began last month with the committee interviewing several athletic directors from other schools before ultimately recommending Heird. Louisville interim president Lori Stewart Gonzalez said in a statement that Heird "represents who we are today -- and who we aspire to be. ... He has demonstrated time and again that not only is he ready to lead our program -- he is ready to elevate it." Since taking over Louisville athletics in mid-December following Vince Tyra's resignation, the former deputy athletic director has overseen the departure of men's basketball coach Chris Mack and the hiring of former Cardinals player Kenny Payne as his successor. Also, the Louisville women's basketball team reached its fourth Final Four under coach Jeff Walz, who received a contract extension this spring. Heird worked as a senior associate athletic director at Villanova in 2018-19 before his latest stint at Louisville. He also worked at Louisville from 2007 to 2016, including four years as assistant athletic director for championships and facilities. The Associated Press contributed to this report.