it's time to hire vince tyra full-time
March 23, 2018
March 23, 2018
It seems everyone is an interim at the University of Louisville. They've been without a permanent president for almost two years. They've been without a full-time athletic director and men's basketball head for less than one year. It's been too long.
There is one position that should be filled, however. Louisville should remove the "interim" tag from Vince Tyra's title.
From the moment he became acting athletic director, Tyra was noticed around campus and was willing to make major decisions. He attended events for all 21 Division 1 teams. He was at field hockey for their senior day, and ACC Tournament. He was in attendance when volleyball won their second ACC title in three years. He was on the field for men and women's soccer senior days and for several rounds of post-season. He can be seen at the women's basketball PINK Out game, sitting on the bench next to Jeff Walz, chatting before tipoff. Tyra has made an effort to be at as many athletic events as possible, focusing on all sports; not just the big two.
He took on former lacrosse coach Kellie Young, conducting an investigation on why so many players were leaving the program. The investigation led to coach Young being relieved of her duties as head coach on November 6, 2017.
Fast-forward two weeks. Louisville hired Scott Teeter to fill the open coaching position. Teeter was a hot name on the market after his success with Canisius College and the Canadian national team. Teeter was one of the best and brightest, and Tyra brought him in.
On February 8, 2018, Tyra announced contract extensions for three fall sport head coaches: men's soccer, women's soccer, and volleyball. Ken Lolla's (men's soccer) contract expired at the end of December, but Tyra signed the successful coach another three years. After a successful first season Dani Busboom Kelly (volleyball) received a contract extension.
During the same press conference, Tyra announced he willingly cut his own contract. He reduced his $1.2 million pay into $850,000. He showed he wanted to put the department first, silencing those who doubted him, and making him a fan favorite.
It is expected that the university will announce a new coach for men's basketball in the coming weeks. Xavier's Chris Mack is a popular name. Tyra will still have the "interim" tag when the new coach is announced. With men's basketball being on the top of revenue-earning sports at Louisville, it is one of the biggest decisions an athletic director can make. He should have the ability to make more.
Tyra has been impressive. He's proven he is not afraid to make big decisions, and follows through with them. Tyra's handling of new coaches and contract extensions prove he believes in his hires and has confidence in existing ones. Tyra's player-first and coach-first style will help repair a broken athletics department.
It is time to hire Vince Tyra as the University of Louisville's full-time athletic director.