Thursday, July 25, 2013

Julie Hermann, Rutgers' new AD, reveals she is gay in university bio

New Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann has acknowledged she is gay in her official university biography on the  athletic department’s web site but says she wants to be judged solely on her ability as an AD.

"I'm really blessed to have a wonderful family, and we're excited to become part of the Rutgers community," Hermann told ESPN on Thursday.

The closing sentence of Hermann's 453-word bio on Rutgers' official website says: "Hermann and her partner Dr. Leslie Danehy are the proud parents of a seven-year-old son, Aidan."

Hermann is one of a few known athletic directors in Division I who has publicly acknowledged she is gay. She is one of only three current female ADs at the FBS level.

Danehy collaborated with Hermann in Hermann’s former position as the assistant athletic director at the University of Louisville, helping oversee part of that school’s L Care program, which provides counseling and career services for student athletes.

Danehy is self described on her company’s website -- Danehy & Associates -- as a “coach who can improve your ability to function at peak performance in both personal and professional situations.”

Before taking the Rutgers job, Hermann was an executive senior associate athletic director at Louisville for 15 years. Hermann's family information was not included on Louisville's official website.

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