Jurich Receives Top Honor by Sports Business Journal

Tom Jurich
Tom Jurich

June 4, 2007

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  • Tom Jurich Meeting with Reporters on June 4
  • LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Jurich has been honored as the 2007 Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Athletic Director of the Year. The prestigious award, presented by the leading sports business trade publication in the country, recognizes Jurich's leadership in building the Cardinals' athletics program to across the board success.

    Jurich will receive the award at the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors Awards Luncheon in Orlando, Fla. on Friday (June 8) at 12:30 p.m. The annual award, won by Florida AD Jeremy Foley last year, recognizes the efforts of athletic directors and their commitment and contributions to campuses and their communities. NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw will be give the keynote address earlier that day for the 42nd annual NACDA Convention.

    Jurich has presided over a remarkable rise in his nearly 10 years at U of L since he became the Cards' athletic director on Oct. 21, 1997. It has been a special year for during the 2006-07 season, with the Cardinals sending representatives from 17 of its 22 sports to NCAA postseason competition and a dozen Louisville teams earned top 25 national rankings.

    Jurich has overseen the opening of more than $150 million in facilities over the past decade, with notable additions to that list over the past year. The Tom Musselman Golf Center, an indoor training facility for the Cards' men's and women's golf teams located at The Cardinal Club golf course, was dedicated on April 17.

    Construction continues on The Yum! Center, a practice facility for men's basketball and volleyball which will open in August. Offices, locker rooms and training facilities for each of those sports and women's lacrosse -- whose stadium is located adjacent to the building -- are included in the project.

    U of L made a move in December for a $65 million expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium from its current 42,000-seat configuration to 63,600. Ground was broken on Nov. 28 on a new riverfront arena in downtown Louisville in which the U of L men's and women's basketball teams will serve as the primary tenants. The arena scheduled for completion in the fall of 2010.

    The Cardinal football team (No. 6 AP, No. 7 USA Today) posted a 12-1 record and defeated Wake Forest 24-13 in the FedEx Orange Bowl, the Cards' first-ever BCS contest. Louisville was one of just seven schools with both it's men's and women's basketball teams ranked in the final AP poll. The Cardinals' women's soccer (No. 22) and men's cross country (15th) teams both earned their first NCAA Championship appearances ever at U of L. The Cards' field hockey team was ranked 15th nationally and the volleyball team reached its ninth NCAA Tournament. U of L athletes won two national titles in men's indoor track, which finished in a tie for 10th in the nation.

    U of L's baseball team won their first ever NCAA Tournament games and will play No. 11 Missouri today (June 4) for the Columbia, Mo. regional title. The No. 6 ranked men's track team will send several athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 6-9 in Sacramento, Calif.