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Greg Byrne meets with approval as new Alabama athletics director

What Alabama coaches had to say about new Tide athletics director

The Alabama media relations department collected statements from all Crimson Tide head coaches regarding the arrival of new athletics director Greg Byrne.

It is not surprising that very few were critical of their new boss. Okay, none of them were.

Here is what they had to say:

“Greg Byrne is one of the brightest administrators in college athletics today and we are very excited that he will be our next Director of Athletics. He has done a tremendous job in that role previously at both Mississippi State and Arizona. In our meetings with Greg we were very impressed with his plan and vision for Alabama athletics. We encourage the entire Crimson Tide family to fully support our new athletics director as we work to make all aspects of our athletics department even stronger. We are looking forward to working with Greg and would like to welcome the Byrne family to Tuscaloosa.”

– Nick Saban, head football coach

“I am excited about Greg Byrne, his wife Regina and their two boys joining our team at The University of Alabama. I think it’s going to be great. Greg is a young guy with lots of experience at other SEC schools. Coming from Arizona, specific to what we’re doing here at Alabama, they have had a tremendous amount of success with their basketball program. That means a lot. I’m excited about his wealth of experience. He’s very highly regarded amongst other ADs across the country. I’ve heard he’s a great guy and a visionary, so I’m excited about him joining us and leading our athletic department. From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be another situation where we are all going to roll up our sleeves and be all in for The University of Alabama athletic department.”

– Avery Johnson, head men’s basketball coach

“I’d like to welcome Greg, Regina and their boys to The University of Alabama. Everything I have heard about Greg has been extremely positive, and his credentials and proven track record as a leader in collegiate athletics certainly speaks for itself. I look forward to getting to know him and working with him, and I’m excited to see what he has in store for the future of the Crimson Tide.”

– Kristy Curry, head women’s basketball coach

“I am excited to learn and grow from one of the most respected athletic directors in the country in Mr. Byrne.  I am a firm believer that change is a healthy thing and I’m looking forward to seeing our athletic department continue to lead and succeed under Greg’s leadership.”

– Patrick Murphy, head softball coach

“Change is always exciting, it’s all in how you look at it. I have spoken to Greg and he seems to be compassionate, approachable and on fire – and really humbled – to be a part of The University of Alabama as our Director of Athletics. I know that he is a great choice for our university and I look forward to getting to know him, his wife and family and to welcome them to the Alabama family.”

– Dana Duckworth, head gymnastics coach

“I’ve heard nothing but good things when it comes to Greg Byrne. He’s obviously a very talented administrator. My colleagues in the swimming and diving community who have worked with him have nothing but positive things to say about him. For our program in particular, he is coming to us at a pivotal time for us as we are in the planning stages of a facilities upgrade for swimming and diving. Generally speaking, I think Greg Byrne will be a good fit for as far as the vision, mission and philosophy for the department and, just like Coach Battle, his record speaks for itself.”

– Dennis Pursley, head swimming & diving coach

“I am excited about Mr. Byrne. His reputation precedes him and I look forward to working with him to continue to make Alabama golf a championship program.”

– Jay Seawell, head men’s golf coach

“Since I began at the Capstone I've seen our university make key leadership decisions. Having Coach Battle come aboard four years ago was one of several and, to now have Greg Byrne fill his shoes, is another. I'm confident that we have made a quality choice and I am anxious to work with our new leader to keep the Tide rising and rolling. It's an exciting time for our athletic programs and Greg's addition further intensifies the excitement. He has an impeccable background with proven results. He knows what it means to lead and compete in the SEC and on the national scene. He has a passion for succeeding at the highest level. Altogether it's a great fit for us. I welcome him and Regina to our family and a campus where legends are made.”

– George Husack, head men’s tennis coach

“I’m excited about the chance to work with Greg. I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about him and his resume’ speaks for itself. I’m looking forward to a promising future with Greg Byrne at the helm of the Capstone.”

– Jenny Mainz, head women’s tennis coach

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with Greg Byrne. Based on his credentials, he looks to be a great person to lead our athletic department moving forward.”

– Larry Davis, head rowing coach

“I’ve heard a lot of great things about Greg. I think it’s an exciting time as we move forward. I think he’s the best in the business and he has definitely done some great things in some different places. I’m confident that he’ll do a fantastic job here at Alabama.”

– Greg Goff, head baseball coach

“I’m looking forward to working with Greg as we continue to move our program to new heights. I’ve heard great things about him from colleagues around the country. He and his family have meant a lot to the universities they’ve been associated with. I’m excited to welcome them to Alabama.”

– Mic Potter, head women’s golf coach

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Greg. I have only heard positive things about him and the places he has been, and his athletic director’s pedigree speaks for itself. I look forward to him carrying on the tradition that Mal and Bill have created.”

– Ed Allen, head volleyball coach

“We’re all excited to hear his perspective on how we operate as not only as a track & field/cross country program but as an athletic department as a whole. He will bring new leadership and a fresh outlook that can only continue to move us forward.”

– Dan Waters, head track & field/cross country coach

“I know the University spent a great deal of time and energy searching for the best Athletic Director in the country. I am confident they found it in Greg Byrne. Everything I’ve read and heard about Mr. Byrne reassures me that Alabama athletics will continue to thrive under his leadership.”

– Wes Hart, head soccer coach


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