Louisville previously has served as host of six NCAA Championships.
Josh Heird, who joined the University of Louisville in 2007, serves as the assistant athletic director for facilities and championships. From 2009-12, he was the athletic department's director of championships.
In his current role, Heird oversees all new construction projects, which includes the completion of the Jim Patterson Baseball Stadium expansion, the current renovation of Ulmer Softball Stadium, and the construction of the Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium. He also works with assistant athletic director for internal operations Rob Brawner Jr. on the day-to-day operations of all athletic facilities.
As the director of championships, a responsibility he continued to hold from his previous title, Heird is responsible for bid submission, management, and oversight of all NCAA and conference championships that UofL hosts. Notable championship events that have taken place under Louisville's supervision include the 2011 NCAA Field Hockey National Championship, the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Second and Third Rounds, the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships, and the 2012 NCAA Volleyball Championship.
Heird spent three years as a graduate assistant at Louisville, functioning in a variety of roles before joining the staff full-time. He assisted with marketing and championships and in the business and ticket offices.
Prior to joining Louisville, Heird held multiple positions while working for members of both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. His titles ranged from legislative director to senior legislative assistant.
Heird graduated from Mississippi College, where he lettered in track and field, in 2002 with a bachelor's in history. In 2009, he graduated from UofL with his master's degree in business administration.
At Mississippi College, he was an academic all-conference selection each semester during his tenure and also garnered academic all-region accolades. In addition to securing all-conference honors in cross country, he won the American Southwest Conference 800m title in 2001.
He is married to the former Abbey Woolley, a UofL field hockey assistant coach from 2007-10.