Josh Heird, who has over 12 years of experience in athletics administration at the University of Louisville and most recently Villanova University, has been named Deputy Athletic Director at UofL effective May 13. The appointment was approved by the UofL Board of Trustees on Thursday and the UofL Athletics Association Board of Directors on Friday.
In his new role at UofL, Heird will be the sport administrator for baseball, men’s basketball, football, and men’s and women’s golf, as well as providing administrative oversight for championships.
“I am excited to announce the return of Josh to the Cardinal Athletic family in the role of Deputy Athletic Director“,” said Vince Tyra, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Josh made an amazing impact on our athletic department before departing for Villanova in 2016 and we are excited to once again have his talents reside in Louisville. The amount of positive feedback in our department, among our coaches, and in the industry validates our decision and excitement in naming Josh to the Deputy AD post.”
“After spending nearly a decade at UofL, I’ve had the honor of serving the past few years at Villanova, an incredible institution with an outstanding athletic department,” said Heird. “I was recently presented with an opportunity to return to Louisville, and, simply put, it was something that my family and I could not turn down. My wife, Abbey, and I would like to thank Vince for this wonderful opportunity to return to a place that is very near-and-dear to our hearts. Louisville has one of the most prestigious athletic brands in the country, and I am looking forward to working with administrators, staff and coaches to continue that legacy of excellence. I cannot wait to get started.”
Heird served as Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Athletics Operating Officer at Villanova over the last year for the Wildcats after operating nearly two years as Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Finance. In those roles, he provided leadership for all internal units of the athletic department and had administrative oversight with finance and budget, capital projects, ticket and equipment operation, food service, camps and overall project and event management. He also was the sport administrator for the men’s lacrosse and men’s soccer programs, as well as the secondary administrator for men’s basketball.
Before moving to Villanova, Heird worked nearly 10 years in Cardinal Athletics (2007-16), most recently as Assistant Athletic Director for Championships and Facilities from 2012-16. In that role, he had oversight of capital projects approved by the UofL Athletic Association. He also assisted with the day-to-day management of facility operations. Heird was responsible for the management of all ACC and NCAA postseason events hosted by the Cardinals.
During his time at Louisville, Heird helped design and oversee the construction of the Jim Patterson Baseball Stadium expansion, the Ulmer Softball Stadium expansion, the building of the Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium, the lacrosse stadium press box, as well as the Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence.
Heird coordinated several postseason events hosted by Louisville, including the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional. Louisville also served as home to the 2015 and 2012 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country National Championships, the 2015 and 2012 Men’s Basketball Second and Third Rounds, the 2014 Women’s Basketball Regional, the 2012 Women’s Volleyball National Championship and the 2012 Field Hockey National Championship.
He began his career at Louisville as Assistant Director of Championships in April of 2007 before being promoted to the Director of Championships in 2009. He also spent time working in the athletic business office, ticket office and the marketing department between 2007 and 2009.
Before starting a career in collegiate athletics, Heird spent five years in Washington, D.C. working for Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho and Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado. He is a 2002 graduate of Missisippi College where he was a member of the cross country, track & field and football teams. In addition to being the American Southwest Conference 800 meter champion in 2001, Heird was an all-conference cross country selection in 2001 and was an academic all-conference honoree every semester of his career. He earned an MBA from Louisville in 2009.
Heird is married to the former Abbey Woolley. The couple has two children, Hadley (4) and Gus (2).