LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) – After another successful season, University of Louisville Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Jurich has been selected as one of the nominees in the Athletic Director of the Year category for the 2013 Sports Business Awards, presented by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.
Oklahoma State’s Mike Holder, Rutgers’ Tim Pernetti, Northwestern’s Jim Phillips and Alabama’s Mal Moore are the other finalists along with Jurich.
The prestigious award is presented by the leading sports business trade publication in the country, recognizing the top athletic directors in the nation.
In his 15th year at Louisville, Jurich is looking to win the award for the second time during his tenure after earning the honor in 2007. He has guided the athletic department to unprecedented success, winning 56 BIG EAST titles since joining the league in 2005, and the continuing change to the infrastructure of campus with the upgrade and construction of numerous facilities.
The 2012-13 season is shaping up to be another outstanding campaign, as the Cardinals have already totaled seven BIG EAST titles, but the biggest move came off the field in November when Jurich orchestrated Louisville’s move into the Atlantic Coast Conference for 2014.
On the field, the results have been even more impressive. The football team captured its second-straight BIG EAST title and defeated third-ranked Florida to win the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The men’s soccer program won its third league title in the last four years and the women’s volleyball team won the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles. Women’s swimming and diving coach Arthur Albiero guided his team to its third-consecutive title this year.
Under the guidance of 12th-year head coach Rick Pitino, the men’s basketball team earned a share of its second BIG EAST regular season title, and also won the conference tournament for the third time in four seasons. The Cardinals were selected as the No. 1 overall seed to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Two major construction projects also highlighted the 2012-13 season. A $4 million expansion of Jim Patterson Stadium was finished in February, and Jurich announced plans for a $17.5 million, state-of-the-art soccer stadium, which will have seating capacity for over 5,300 for the UofL men's and women's teams.
The winner will be announced May 22.