The University that didn’t do the research when they hired Eddie Jordan as their new head coach, has hired a new Athletic Director.
Julie Hermann was named Rutgers athletic director on Wednesday, tasked with leading the university back to respectability and into the American Athletic Conference before the Scarlet Knights join the Big Ten in 2014.
Hermann, 49, will be the third female athletic director among all BCS programs, joining California’s Sandy Barbour and North Carolina State’s Debbie Yow. Hermann was most recently the senior associate athletic director at Louisville.
Tim Pernetti resigned his post on April 5, two days after basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for physical, verbal emotional abuse of his players, which was caught on video and aired on national television programs, sparking a firestorm of reaction in New Jersey and beyond.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Julie Hermann to the Rutgers community,” Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi said upon introducing the former University of Louisville executive senior associate director of athletics. “She is one of the most respected athletics administrators in the country and she was deeply involved in moving Louisville from Conference USA to the Big East and from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Her 15 years of leadership experience will be an invaluable asset to the university as we prepare to enter the Big Ten.”
“Julie actually went with our CEO to meet with the NCAA president and through their efforts a proposal that would’ve not been positive for student-athletes the way it was constructed was modified,” said Harris, who also serves as executive director of the Ivy League. “She’s super smart and she has incredible people skills, and I think any coach or administrator would be fortunate to work with her. I’ve been fortunate as a colleague just to learn from her on how she deals with her staff, how she motivates them in a positive, can-do way, but also by setting clear expectations. So she can be no-nonsense but she’s a lot of fun to work with, too. She really knows how to manage people to get the most out of them so that everybody can be productive and frankly win as you can see what’s happened at Louisville.
“She certainly put in her time and worked hard. … She’s definitely ready to do it and I think having been a top-notch student-athlete, having been a top-notch coach, and then having been in administration for well over a decade really puts her in a position to lead an athletics department. And I think Rutgers can use the transformation that happened with Louisville. She’d be the right person to affect that at Rutgers.”
Before Louisville, Hermann spent a year as an assistant coach for USA Volleyball, helping the national team to a silver medal finish at the World University Games in 1997, and coached the Tennessee women’s volleyball team for six seasons before that.