As the Director of Athletics at the University of Alabama, “Roll, Tide, Roll” is the guiding force for Greg Byrne.
Before joining the staff at the University of Alabama, Byrne was the 11th Director of Athletics at the University of Arizona. In that position, Byrne helped Arizona Athletics maintain its proud position both nationally and in the Pac-12 through 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 developed new fundraising initiatives, and achieved member expansion for the Wildcat Club and facility upgrades. Under his leadership, the Wildcats had 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.
Prior to arriving at 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.