Louisville’s interim AD is now going to be its permanent AD. The Cardinals announced Monday that Vince Tyra has signed a 5-year contract to remain as the school’s full-time athletics director.
“We are convinced that Vince Tyra is the right fit to lead the UofL athletics program,” said Louisville president Greg Postel, himself an interim. “He has provided strong leadership while continuing to move the Cardinals forward in all sports, building upon the legacy of previous athletics successes and taking the time to personally reach out to the UofL fan base and donors as much as possible. The feedback we received from donors, community members, employees, athletes, the ACC and colleagues throughout the country has been extremely positive.”
Tyra has been Louisville’s AD since Oct. 3, after longtime AD Tom Jurich was pushed out due to revelations from the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball. Tyra will be just Louisville’s third AD since 1980; Bill Olsen held the job from 1980-97 and Jurich from 1997 to ’17.
“It’s an honor to take the reins of such an outstanding athletics program with its rich tradition of success,” Tyra said. “I look forward to continuing to work with our coaches and staff to put an outstanding product on the field while ensuring the success of our student athletes and representing UofL in a manner that will make the entire university family proud.”
Prior to Louisville, Tyra worked in the private equity industry in Greenwich, Conn. A Louisville native, Tyra is the son of former Cardinals basketball player Charlie Tyra and a former pitcher at Kentucky.