The University of Alabama announced it hired Shane Lyons as deputy director of athletics. Here is the official release:
SHANE LYONS JOINS ALABAMA ATHLETIC STAFF AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS (via UA Media Relations)
University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced today that Shane Lyons, Associate Commissioner at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), has been hired as Deputy Director of Athletics at the Capstone.
“Shane Lyons accepted our offer early last week and we have finalized an agreement to add him to our athletic staff,” Moore said. “Shane brings to our department impressive administrative experience, having served at the ACC for more than 10 years while just completing his term as Chairman of the NCAA’s Division I Legislative Council. I am delighted to welcome him to our staff.”
Lyons’ role at Alabama will focus on assisting the Director of Athletics with the day-to-day operations of the athletic department, helping lead the administrative team. A 1987 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, Lyons also earned a master’s degree in Sport Management from WVU in 1988.
“I am extremely excited to join the Crimson Tide family,” Lyons said. “It’s an honor to be part of an exceptional academic and athletic institution with great leadership. I am looking forward to working with such a quality athletics community of administrators, coaches and student-athletes.”
Lyons has more than 25 years of administrative experience in college athletics and is recognized as one of the most capable and skilled professionals in the nation. He has deep experience in the areas of strategic planning, compliance and policy implementation on both the conference and national levels. Since joining the ACC in 2001, Lyons’ duties have focused on conference-wide compliance and academic initiatives, providing direct assistance to the conference’s presidents, chancellors and athletics directors in matters dealing with NCAA regulatory matters. In addition, he served as the league office’s Human Resource Manager and was responsible for the administration, negotiation and mediation of the employee benefits program and managing the conference’s organizational policies and procedures. Lyons also was part of the administrative team for ACC events, including the ACC Football Championship Game, the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament and several men’s and women’s NCAA basketball events.
“Over the past decade, Shane has been a trusted and loyal colleague that has made valuable contributions to the ACC,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This is an excellent opportunity for Shane and I’m extremely pleased for him and his family. He will do a terrific job for Alabama.”
Prior to working at the ACC, Lyons served as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at Texas Tech University from 1998 to 2001. During his three years on Texas Tech’s campus, Lyons assumed the responsibilities for the leadership, administration and implementation of a comprehensive NCAA Compliance Program with emphasis towards rules education and extensive monitoring systems. He also served as oversight administrator for several of the Red Raiders’ athletics teams and had financial and operational supervision of the strength and conditioning staff, nutritional staff and sports medicine staff over that span.
At the NCAA from 1989 to 1998, Lyons served as the Membership Services Representative from November 1989 to January 1997 and Senior Membership Services Representative from February 1997 to August 1998. During his last year at the NCAA, Lyons was responsible for the oversight and coordination of the 25 membership services representatives in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the staff related to the legislative and interpretative process. Prior to the NCAA, Lyons served the Big South Conference from July 1988 to September 1989 as Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Championships.
A native of Parkersburg, W.Va., Lyons and his wife, Emily, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, have two children: Cameron (12) and Brooke (8).