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Friday, June 3, 2022

Louisville's Next Athletic Director -- Kelsi Worrell Dahlia lands coaching gig; FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Welcome to the weekend, readers. Last day of work before vacation for me!  We have been gearing up for summer camp at the YMCA and I have been counting down the days until this vacation for 6 months! 

With that said, I will be absent next week and my goal is to have no goals and to check my phone minimally.  So.. with that said..  some administrative news to share today. 

University of Louisville Athletics Director

The University of Louisville will hire Josh Heird as its new athletics director, according to a report from Sports Illustrated writer Pat Forde, who cited sources close to the search in a Twitter post.

The hiring is likely to be made official after this post goes live as the school has scheduled a news conference for a "special announcement" at the on-campus University Club at 8:30am.

A meeting of the University of Louisville Athletic Association is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday to discuss the position. The ULAA will make a recommendation on the hiring to interim UofL president Dr. Lori Stewart Gonzalez. She will hire the person who will become the program's next AD.

Heird, of course, has been the interim AD for Louisville and we wish Josh the best of luck and fortunes in the position.  

University of Men's Basketball names new Director of Ops

Stephanie Diebold Davis, who has been a member of the University of Louisville men's basketball staff since 2001, has been named as Director of Men's Basketball Operations for the Cardinals under head coach Kenny Payne.

"Stephanie has been invaluable to me and is the perfect person for this operations position," said Payne. "She is a hard worker, has high integrity, and has been a loyal member of the UofL basketball staff for many years. She is experienced with all facets of our operation and has personally made my transition easy since my arrival in March. We look forward to continuing to have her with us in this new role."

"For over 20 years, I have been fortunate to be a part of the Cardinal Basketball family," said Davis. "I am honored that Coach Payne has entrusted me with the opportunity to be the Director of Basketball Operations and I look forward to being able to take a more hands-on role within the program and with the players. The future is bright for Louisville Basketball and I am excited to be along for the ride!"

Davis has worked as an administrative assistant for UofL Basketball since 2001.  This role manages the operations such as recruiting travel, business operations, compliance, fan requests, alumni ticket requests and event planning, assisting in team travel and many other tasks. She will continue to do those items in an expanded role, as well as overseeing student-athlete housing, prospective student-athlete campus visits, visiting team needs, player tickets and other matters.

I think this is an awesome move by the program.  I have no doubt if Stephanie has 20 years under her belt with UofL, she will shine in this role and inspire many women in the industry.   I know I look forward to seeing her on the sidelines next season! 

Kelsi Worrell Dahlia Joins Notre Dame as Associate Coach

Dahlia swam for new Notre Dame head coach Chris Lindauer, hired in April, during her stellar career at UofL. Associate head coach Kameron Chastain also coached with Lindauer in Louisville.

“I’m very thankful to Chris and the administration at Notre Dame for the opportunity and honor of coaching at this historic university,” Dahlia said in a Notre Dame press release. “I’m so grateful for the lessons I’ve learned as a swimmer, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to take those experiences into this coaching role. I’m looking forward to supporting the student-athletes at the highest level, both academically and athletically. I am so excited to support the lofty goals the team sets and will fight together to accomplish!”

Womens College World Series began Thursday night at Hall of Fame Stadium.  No ACC teams made it to Oklahoma City as the 3 seed Virginia Tech Hokies were upset by the Florida Gators. The final 8 teams include:
#1 Oklahoma
#7 Oklahoma State
#9 Northwestern
#14 Florida
Oregon State

Lauren Hartlage fires even par in first round of US Open

Lauren Hartlage shot a 72 in the first round of the womens' US Open yesterday at Pine Needles in North Carolina' 

Hartlage had four birdies, four bogeys and 10 pars in her 18 hole tour. 72 is tied for 28th place in the Open and -7 under leads the way after Day One

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast - Like I mentioned, I will be out for the podcast this weekend and next traveling but the rest of the gang should be back on the show after the holiday weekend break.  The show is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start and will be available online for replay following the show. 

As always, Go Cards! 


  1. Well, I see you've made Heird permanent AD. Honestly, I am surprised that an athletic program of Louisville's stature would go with a rookie AD. Nevertheless, good luck with him. I hope he doesn't ignore women's sports.

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  2. We certainly hope he pays attention to Cards women's sports also. After all they are doing much better than the men. But, we all know, it's money that matters, Final Fours be damned, how many seats are being filled. It's the same old story and that's a shame.


  3. Everyone questioned the hire of Walz years ago. He turned out pretty good. I'm willing to give Heird some time to do some positive things, but his crying act on the news today was campy. Support my women's basketball and other women's sports and we'll get along.

    Curtis "another day, more Cardinals news' Franklin


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