Alabama Names Greg Byrne to AD Post

Pending official board approval, Greg Byrne will begin his new role as The University of Alabama’s Director of Athletics on March 1, 2017. Turnkey Search assisted with the recruitment of Byrne, who will leave his current position as Vice President for Athletics at the University of Arizona to join the Crimson Tide. He replaces outgoing AD Bill Battle, who recently announced his retirement.

“We believe Greg Byrne is uniquely qualified for this role,” said Stuart R. Bell, President of The University of Alabama. “We are pleased he has accepted the position of Athletic Director here at The University of Alabama.”

“Bill Battle did a wonderful job at Alabama, and is one of the finest gentleman ever in all of college athletics,” said Gene DeFilippo, Managing Director of Turnkey Search and a former football coach under Battle at Tennessee. “He always put Alabama first and always put others first – a class act all the way.”

“The Alabama situation was unique and presented a challenging balance,” said Len Perna, CEO of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment.  “On the one hand, it was imperative to make sure Coach Battle got to decide how and when he wished to retire. On the other hand, it was equally imperative to have top candidates waiting in the wings and teed up for an unknown date. President Bell handled this whole process perfectly.”

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Turnkey Search has been an industry leader since 1996, with a legacy of more than 1,000 executive search placements. Over the past year, Turnkey has completed AD searches for clients including the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Bowling Green State University, Grand Valley State University and Georgia Tech, and assisted with the hiring of several coaches, including Temple Head Football Coach Geoff Collins.

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