Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Greg Byrne
Position: Vice President for Athletics

Greg Byrne was named Arizona's 11th Director of Athletics in March 2010 and officially started in that role on May 3, 2010. Since then, Byrne has helped Arizona Athletics maintain its proud position both nationally and in the Pac-12 through the department’s five goals and principles: Graduate Student-Athletes; Follow the Rules; Represent the University and Athletics Department in a First-Class Manner; Practice Sound Fiscal Management; and Compete for Championships. In addition, Byrne has spent most of his tenure focused on new fundraising initiatives, member expansion for the Wildcat Club and facility upgrades.

Under his leadership, the Wildcats have seen construction completed on the $72 million Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, the addition of two video boards in Arizona Stadium, and a new scoreboard in the McKale Center. The athletics department also finished off Phase I of an overall $80 million renovation project for McKale. At a cost of $30 million, Phase I included upgraded seating, hand rails, enhanced lighting and a new playing floor. In addition, the renovation addressed amenities and upgrades that include concessions, restrooms and locker rooms for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and sand volleyball.

Byrne also put forth a bold plan in 2011 to relocate the Arizona baseball program from its on-campus facility to an iconic minor league ballpark located in the heart of midtown Tucson. The transition to Hi Corbett Field instantly upgraded the program’s facilities and amenities available to fans. In 2012, the Wildcats hosted NCAA regional and super regional tournaments for the first time in 20 years en route to capturing the school’s fourth national championship. Average attendance in the first two years at the stadium nearly tripled with two of the program’s top-three total attendance figures being reported.

Prior to coming to Arizona, Byrne was Mississippi State University's Director of Athletics, where he was the youngest athletic administrator in the Southeastern Conference and the youngest to lead an athletic program at the NCAA Division I-A level. He started out his career at MSU in June 2006 as Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs.

Byrne has been around successful athletic programs, and the director's chair, literally all his life. He is the son of long-time athletic administrator Bill Byrne, who has over 30 years of experience as a director of athletics.

Byrne, however, has made a name for himself in intercollegiate athletics. He had 15 years of professional experience prior to assuming the AD's position, a resume that shows progressive growth in both responsibility and achievement. He has been directly involved in raising over $200 million in gifts during his career in athletics.

A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Byrne earned his bachelor's degree in 1994 and his master's degree from Mississippi State in 2009. Byrne is married to the former Regina Misa of Junction City, Ore., and the couple has two sons, Nick and Davis.

University of Arizona Athletics Directors  

Orin Kates


Raymond Leamore Quigley


J.F. "Pop" McKale


Joseph Picard


M.R. "Dick" Clausen


David H. Strack


Billy Joe Varney

July -September 1982 (acting)

Cedric W. Dempsey


Jim Livengood


Rocky LaRose

January-April 2010 (acting)

Greg Byrne

May 2010 -