Vince Tyra named UofL athletic director

Vince Tyra (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Vince Tyra (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Published: Mar. 26, 2018 at 12:11 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2018 at 6:04 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Vince Tyra was officially named the new athletic director for the University of Louisville.

The UofL Athletic Association recommended the hiring of Tyra during a meeting Monday morning. The move was then approved by the UofL Board of Trustees.

Tyra had been serving as the interim athletic director since October when Tom Jurich was fired as part of the fallout following the FBI's far-reaching investigation into corruption and bribery allegations involving several high-profile basketball programs.

Despite the cloudy conditions swirling over the athletic department, Tyra said Monday that it's been a positive experience for him and his wife, Lori, and their five children.

"The staff and athletic department (have been) warm and receptive from day one," Tyra said the day he took over for Jurich. "Even in these circumstances, I've had more fun than I anticipated."

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Tyra brings an interesting athletics trifecta to the University of Louisville. He's the son of the late UofL basketball star Charlie Tyra, he played baseball at the University of Kentucky and is among the ownership group of Louisville FC, the city's minor-league soccer squad. His mother, Sibby, is arguably the school's biggest fan.

"UofL is in our family's DNA," Tyra said.

Tyra's commitment to UofL goes beyond sports. He joined the UofL Foundation's Board of Directors last year, and chaired the group's Finance Committee until he took the interim AD job in October.

"At the end of the day, Vince Tyra emerged as the strongest candidate, the best fit for UofL," interim president Dr. Greg Postel said Monday.

Tyra was also the president and CEO of ISCO Industries, a Louisville-based piping company, and is now on its board of directors.

Last year, the 1984 Trinity High School graduate was named board chairman of Florida-based Elite Medical Staffing.

Tyra said he thinks he's lucky to follow Tom Jurich, regarded as one of America's top athletic directors before he was terminated.

"I'm very fortunate," Tyra said. "I've got a great stable of coaches, athletes and facilities. I mean Tom has left us in a great position. Without a doubt being in the ACC ... I'm very thankful to be where we are today and what we have in front of us."

Tyra's five-year deal will pay him $850,000 per year before bonuses.

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