One of the most acclaimed and respected administrators in collegiate athletics, Greg Byrne was formally introduced as The University of Alabama’s Director of Athletics on January 19, 2017, and officially began his tenure leading the department on March 1.
Byrne's role at Alabama is his third venture at the helm of a major collegiate athletics program. Prior to coming to Alabama, Byrne was Vice President for Athletics at the University of Arizona from 2010-17 and was Director of Athletics at Mississippi State University from 2008-10. With more than 20 years of experience as an athletics administrator, Byrne has fashioned an impressive administrative career hallmarked by consistent success in fundraising, innovative strategies and competitive success with a strong emphasis on academic excellence.
Throughout his career, Byrne has been consistently more impactful and successful with each step up the administrative ladder. As a fundraiser, he has been directly involved in raising more than $200 million in gifts during his career. As a leader of competitive athletics programs, he has fostered major improvements across the spectrum of sports at both programs he has led. A proponent of developing student-athletes into productive people after college, Byrne has led programs that have attained academic success at levels not reached prior to his tenure.
He also has deep experience working in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), having spent 2002 to 2005 at the University of Kentucky as Associate Athletics Director for Development and Fundraising before a four-year stint at Mississippi State (2006-10). From 2006-08, Byrne served as Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at MSU before becoming Director of Athletics.
Under Byrne’s leadership, Arizona Athletics underwent more than $140 million in construction and renovation of athletics facilities. That work was highlighted by the $72 million Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, the addition of two video boards in Arizona Stadium (football), and a new scoreboard in the McKale Center (basketball). Additionally, Byrne oversaw a $30 million renovation of the McKale Center, a project that included upgraded locker rooms, seating, restrooms, concessions, enhanced lighting and a new playing floor.
At Mississippi State, where he was the youngest athletics director in the SEC and the youngest to lead an athletic program at the NCAA Division I-A level, Byrne oversaw the hiring of head football coach Dan Mullen and former head baseball coach and current Director of Athletics John Cohen.
As the son of veteran athletics administrator Bill Byrne, one of the nation's most prominent college sports administrators with 30 years of experience as an Athletics Director, Greg Byrne has been around the enterprise of running successful athletic programs for most of his life.
A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Byrne earned his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in 1994 and his master's degree from Mississippi State University in 2009. Byrne is married to the former Regina Misa of Junction City, Ore., and the couple has two sons, Nick and Davis.