Jurich's high energy, community and family-minded approach has been contagious, infecting the university, city and U of L fans everywhere with a positive outlook for the future of Cardinal Athletics. It is a formula that has provided a trail of success in each situation Jurich has touched.
Jurich has been active in the scope of college athletics on a national level, within conference issues, and in his local community. He served three years as a member of the NCAA Management Council, one of the top legislative bodies of the NCAA, and the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee. He sits on the Board of Directors for Republic Bank and American Heart Association.
Jurich recently received the Louisvillian of the Year Award by the Louisville Advertising Federation and the Dan Mangeot Memorial Award, for contributions to the advancement of tourism and hospitality. He shared U of L's prestigious Hickman-Camp Award, presented for exemplary contributions to the athletic department, with his wife Terrilynn in 2007. He was named the Louisville Magazine Person of the Year in 2007.
"They should build a monument to Tom in Louisville."
-- College basketball analyst Dick Vitale, after Rick Pitino joined the Cardinals
Guiding Colorado State University as its athletics director for the four years prior to his arrival at U of L, Jurich oversaw not only one of the most successful time periods in the school's history in terms of on-field competitiveness, but he was the driving force behind a successful capital campaign drive that included facility renovation.
Prior to his constructive efforts at Colorado State, Jurich operated as director of athletics for eight years at his alma mater, Northern Arizona University. When appointed at NAU, he was the youngest director of athletics at the NCAA Division I level at the age of 29.
He became athletic director at Northern Arizona in 1988, after previously serving as co-director (1986-88) and assistant director ('84-86). He was inducted to the NAU Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
Jurich is among the finest football players in Northern Arizona history. A punter, placekicker and backup quarterback for the Lumberjacks, Jurich earned first-team Kodak All-America honors in 1977 -- the first collegiate kicker to make the Kodak honor list -- and also received All-America acclaim from The Sporting News. He is the only kicker in Big Sky Conference history to be named the league's offensive player of the year (1977).
A 10th-round NFL draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jurich later played with the Minnesota Vikings before a brief coaching stint at the University of Minnesota.
He and his wife, Terrilynn, a former Miss Wyoming, have four children: sons Mark -- assistant athletic director of development at U of L who is married to wife Lainey with son Jay Ryan -- and Brian; and twin daughters, Haley and Lacey, who are both field hockey student-athletes at U of L.