PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers named Julie Hermann its new athletic director Wednesday, and the former senior associate athletic director at Louisville promised a restart for the scandal-scarred program following the ouster of its men’s basketball coach and the resignation of other officials.
Hermann, a former Nebraska volleyball player, replaces Tim Pernetti, who quit last month after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs at them.
“No one on the coaching staff doesn’t believe that we need to be an open book, that we will no longer have any practice, anywhere at any time, that anybody couldn’t walk into and be pleased about what’s going on in that environment. It is a new day. It is already fixed,” Hermann said at a press conference Wednesday.
Hermann, from Nebraska City, attended Nebraska and became an All-Big Eight volleyball player for the Huskers from 1981-84. At NU, she was honored as the FCA College Athlete of the Year and was an FCA national platform speaker.
After college, her first coaching job was at Wyoming, where she spent two years helping the Cowgirls to the NCAA tournament and a final eight finish.
Hermann then spent two seasons as a volleyball assistant at Georgia and then was hired to coach Northern Arizona, where she spent one year.
Then it was on to Tennessee, where she was head coach for six seasons. Before moving to Louisville, she spent a year as an assistant coach for USA Volleyball in 1997.
She becomes the first woman to head Rutgers’ athletic program and one of three female A.D.s at the schools that make up the 124 playing at college football’s top tier.
Hermann will be paid $450,000 annually as a base salary with $50,000 in incentives and $35,000 contributed to a deferred compensation plan, according to a university release.
Rutgers will join the Big Ten in 2014, and Hermann said the Scarlet Knights won’t try to match schools like Michigan dollar for dollar. The athletics program already has come under criticism from some corners of the university for spending millions on expanding its football stadium while cutting some non-revenue sports.
“We do not need to spend what Michigan spends; I don’t know how they spend all that money,” Hermann said. “We will do more with less. That’s what we did at Louisville. We need to be really smart stewards of the money that we have.”
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