Louisville picks Collegiate Sports Associates to assist in AD search

Nearly five months after the University of Louisville named Josh Heird its interim athletic director, a search firm has been hired to help determine if his position should be made permanent.

Collegiate Sports Associates, a North Carolina-based company that has assisted in the hiring of dozens of university athletic directors, has been retained to identify and screen candidates, subject to the input of the previously appointed advisory group and a final decision by the university’s interim decision president, Lori Gonzalez.

Gonzalez announced the hiring in a letter to the university committee Thursday.

“As you know, we conducted a series of listening sessions to gain input from various constituencies about the traits you would most like to see in a new athletic director,” she wrote. “More than 600 people either attended the forums or submitted comments online. We appreciate the time and thought you put into helping us through this process and are using your entry to formalize the job description for the new AD.

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University of Louisville interim athletic director Josh Heird speaks to reporters following a meeting of the University Board of Trustees and the Louisville Athletic Association board, Wednesday, Jan.  26, 2022, in Louisville, Ky.  The university and men’s basketball coach Chris Mack have mutually agreed to part ways, the school announced.  Assistant Mike Pegues has been named interim coach for the remainder of the Cardinals' season.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

“I am confident we will find an outstanding leader to guide our athletic department into an even brighter future.”

Gonzalez said Collegiate Sports Associates had already begun work and she hoped to complete the process “soon.” In response to a request for the terms of the search firm’s agreement, a U of L spokesperson instructed a reporter to submit a public records request.

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