Julie Hermann leads Rutgers Athletics transition in 2014 to the nation’s premier academic and athletic conference, the Big Ten. Hermann came to Rutgers after serving previously as the executive senior associate director of athletics for the University of Louisville.
Hermann spent 15 years at Louisville as the Cardinals built one of the nation’s most competitive athletic programs across the board.
Following a national search, Hermann was selected from a pool of 63 candidates. She is the first woman to serve in this capacity at Rutgers and will become the second female athletic director in Big Ten history.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Julie Hermann to the Rutgers community,” said President Robert L. Barchi. “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.”
One of the primary goals set by Hermann is to create a best-in-class student-athlete care system. She is committed to developing programs to support both athletic and academic pursuits after building one of the nation’s premier systems for student-athletes at Louisville (L-Care).
Hermann served in a supervisory capacity of U of L athletics as the university garnered the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball national championship; two BCS Bowl wins; two NCAA women’s basketball national championship appearances (2013 and 2009) and one NCAA men's soccer College Cup national championship appearance (2010). Since joining the Big East in 2005, the Cardinals claimed 64 conference titles.
Hermann oversaw 20 sports at Louisville, marketing, academics, sports performance, sports medicine, student development and athletic development. She worked to cultivate support for many of the U of L athletic venues that allowed the Cardinals to enjoy one of the nation's biggest and best building booms in college sports.
Before joining U of L, Hermann served as an assistant coach for USA Volleyball, helping the national team to a silver medal finish at the World University Games in 1997.
Prior to that she served as head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee for six seasons. Under her watch, the Lady Vols advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade.
Hermann is immediate past president of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. She is the former chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee.
Hermann has served on numerous boards, including the Frazier Rehab Institute, the Louisville Sports Commission and the Kentucky Sports Commission.
Hermann and her partner Dr. Leslie Danehy are the proud parents of a seven-year old son, Aidan.