FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Former Lumberjack football player and current University of Louisville Vice President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich was inducted into the Flagstaff Sports Foundation Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.
The mission of the Flagstaff Sports Foundation is to contribute to the community significantly and beneficially by promoting individual and team sports in every manner possible. The hall of fame honors teams and individuals who have positively impacted sports throughout Northern Arizona.
Jurich was inducted into the Northern Arizona Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989. A member of the NAU football team from 1975 to 1977, Jurich earned Kodak All-American and first team placekicker honors in 1977, en route to Sporting News All-American accolades. That same year he was chosen the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year. Jurich, a co-captain, ranked first at NAU in points (160) by kicking, PAT conversions in a single game (10), and the most 50-yard field goals (3). He was a member of the NCAA Division II playoff team in 1977, which was ranked fifth nationally. Jurich was a two-time Big Sky First Team honoree as a placekicker. After completing his career at NAU, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In 1986, Jurich returned to NAU and became the youngest athletics director in the NCAA. He led the Lumberjack Athletics Department for eight years. Jurich ventured to Colorado State in the same role, before landing at the University of Louisville where he has been since 1997.
Jurich was inducted along with the 1962 Flagstaff High School Basketball Team, Coach Rod Stephens, Garland Neal and Walter Burton, and David "Bulldog" Turner.