Julie Hermann leads Rutgers Athletics in 2014 as Rutgers University becomes the 14th member of the Big Ten, the nation's premier academic and athletic conference. Hermann came to Rutgers after serving over 15 years as the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Louisville.
At Louisville, Hermann served as the manager of 20 sports as the Louisville Cardinals built one of the nation's highest performing athletic departments, including the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball National title, two NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship games (2009 & 2013), one NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup National Championship appearance (2010), two College World Series appearances (2007 & 2013) and two BCS bowl victories in the 2007 Orange Bowl and 2013 Sugar Bowl. The Cardinals won 64 Big East championships and titles since joining the league in 2005.
While overseeing marketing, development, academics, sports performance, sports medicine, championships, student development (including the Derek Smith Leadership Academy), Hermann cultivated support for many of the state-of-the-art athletics venues that allowed the Cardinals to enjoy one of the nation's biggest and best building booms in college sports. The Cardinals built over $250 million worth of facilities on campus as part of a strategic plan that allowed them to move into the Big East Conference in 2005 and to be selected again for expansion in 2012 by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Football Stadium, the Jim Patterson Baseball Stadium, the Trager Center, the Lacrosse Stadium, the YUM! Practice Center, the Ralph Wright Natatorium, the Marshall Center, the G. Garvin Brown Rowing Center, the Mark and Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium, the downtown KFC YUM! Arena and Cardinal Park - which houses UlmerStadium (softball), Trager Stadium (field hockey) and the track and field complex - have allowed the Cardinals to lead the nation in hosting conference and NCAA championship events including six National Championships.
Following a nationally competitive search, Hermann was selected from a pool of 63 candidates as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Rutgers University. She is the first woman to serve in this capacity at Rutgers and only the second woman to be an athletic director in the history of the Big Ten Conference.
A former all-conference performer for the renowned Nebraska Volleyball program, Hermann is a tireless advocate for the student-athlete experience. At Louisville, she designed and created a best in class student-athlete support system called LCARE. Within her first year, Rutgers Athletics has implemented the RCARE system, dedicated to providing a comprehensive care system for all Scarlet Knights.
Hermann has served on numerous community boards including the Frazier Rehab Institute, the Louisville Sports Commission, the Center for Women and Families, Women 4 Women and many NCAA and conference committees, including chairing the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee. Hermann just completed seven years of service on the board of NACWAA, serving a four-year term before being on the executive board and becoming president.
Hermann has been the recipient of many community awards including the 2013 selection as a Lenny Lyles Award winner, the 2004Ladies of Leadership award, the 2006 Women 4 Women Heart of the Community award, the 2008 Mary Kay Tachau Gender Equity award, a 2008 Woman of Distinction by the Center for Women and Families, a Today's Woman Honoree and the 2013 National Girls and Women in Sports honoree.
Before her time as an administrator at Louisville, Hermann was a college and USA Volleyball coach. As an assistantwith USA Volleyball, Hermann supported the National Team as they prepared for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and coached a silver medal finish at the World University Games in Catania, Italy in 1997.
Prior to USA Volleyball, Hermann was the headvolleyball coach at the University of Tennessee from 1991 to 1997. Under her watch the Lady Vols improved over a 150 spots in the NCAA RPI from No. 177 to No. 25, and in just her third season returned the Lady Vols to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in over a decade.
After her All-Big Eight volleyball playing career at the University of Nebraska and NCAA top-five finishes, Hermann became anassistant coach at the University of Georgia and the University of Wyoming.Hermann's skills as a coach and a recruiter lifted those programs to unprecedented national rankings and advancement in the NCAA Tournament.
Hermann and her partner, Dr. Leslie Danehy, are the proud parents of son, Aidan.