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FALL 2017

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31 FALL 2017 D avid Padgett, a former assistant coach and Cardinals center, was named Uof L's interim head men's basketball coach in October. "David Padgett was an exceptional player and has been an outstanding young coach for the Cardinals," said Uof L Interim President Greg Postel. "His familiarity with the players and the current system, combined with his character and work ethic, make him a natu- ral fit for the position. We look forward to a successful year under his leadership." Padgett will serve as acting head coach for one year. He was Uof L's director of basketball operations for two seasons before his move to an assistant coaching position in 2016. He becomes just the third head coach for the Cardinals in the last 46 years, following Rick Pitino (2001-17) and Denny Crum (1971-2001). In Padgett's three seasons on the Uof L staff, the Cardinals produced a collective 75-26 record (.743), finished among the top four teams in the ACC each year and reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 2015. Padgett helped the Cardinals assemble a top 10 recruiting class in 2017. He previously spent three years as an assistant coach at IUPUI and played pro- fessional basketball for UB LaPalma in the Canary Islands. As a Cardinals player from 2005-2008, Padgett was a three-year starter and captain at center. He averaged a team-leading 11.2 points and grabbed 4.8 rebounds his senior year when the Cardinals reached the NCAA Elite Eight. PADGETT LEADING CARDINALS AS HEAD COACH Tyra takes the helm The University of Louisville named Vincent Tyra as interim director of ath- letics in October. "Vince Tyra is an exceptional leader who will provide stability to our athlet- ics department," said Interim President Greg Postel. "His success in business, his athletic background and his close ties to the university and the athlet- ics department will be important to the continuing success of our program." Tyra currently serves as an operating partner for Southfield Capital, a posi- tion he has held since 2007, and as an advisor to ISCO Industries Inc. where he was formerly the president. He also for- merly served as the president of Retail and Activewear for Fruit of the Loom. A Louisville native, he is the son of legendary UofL basketball player Char- lie Tyra. He graduated from Trinity High School and from the University of Ken- tucky, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in health administration. He also was a member and two-year captain of the UK baseball team. "I am honored to have been selected as the acting athletic director at the University of Louisville. I am excited by the challenge to lead one of the most elite athletic programs in college sports that's near and dear to my heart," said Tyra. "I intend to provide leadership to our athletic department, coaches, stu- dent athletes, fans, donors and the university as a whole." Tyra has been a long-time sup- porter of Louisville athletics. He joined the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors in February 2017 and now chairs the organization's Finance Committee.

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