Shannon James Ealy joined UAB Athletics in November of 2007 as Senior Associate Athletic Director. He handles internal operations and oversees football, baseball, softball, men's & women's golf and facilities & operations. Additionally, Ealy is responsible for managing all external departments: Blazer Boosters (Athletic Development), Marketing, Media Relations, Ticket Operations and Sales, and he serves as the liaison to UAB's multi-media rights holder, ISP Sports.
Prior to his appointment at UAB, Ealy had served as President of Birmingham Sports Ventures & Vice President of Alabama Sports Foundation for the Bruno Event Team since 2000. In this capacity, he assisted in the coordination of planning efforts to secure a multi-purpose dome facility for Birmingham while also managing and promoting national-scale amateur athletic events such as the SEC Baseball Tournament, SEC Gymnastics Championship, Magic City Football Classic, World Cup Soccer Qualifier Match, U.S. Men's Olympic Marathon Trials, etc.
Ealy served as Director of Championships Marketing & Operations for the Southeastern Conference from 1996 to 2000. He served as Tournament Director for the SEC Baseball Tournament and Assistant Championship/Tournament Director for the SEC Football Championship and SEC Men's Basketball Tournament. He was also responsible for managing the ticket operations for all conference events.
Ealy was a Marketing Assistant in the Athletic Department of the University of Florida from 1995 to 1996 and worked with the Gator football, basketball, baseball, soccer and gymnastics programs.
Ealy got his start in athletic administration as an Assistant to the Athletic Director at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he was a student-athlete in football.
PERSONAL: Ealy is married to the former Carolyn Wall of Birmingham, Ala. They have three children: Brian, Caitlin, and Alyssa.