Bell, Hill and Peevy elevated to executive associate director of athletics
Kevin Saal is in his third year with the Kentucky staff after joining the Wildcats in February 2007. In his time at UK, he has successfully directed Southeastern Conference Championship events in women's tennis, men's/women's cross country and track and field. Day to day, Saal coordinates all event management and game operations efforts for men's soccer, women's basketball, track & field and baseball and assists in football, volleyball, gymnastics, men's and women's tennis.
Saal came to UK after a successful two-year stint at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as Director of Operations, overseeing Event Management, Facilities and the Athletic Ticket Office.
From 2001-2005, Saal served in Event Management at Kansas State. In this role, he coordinated the day-to-day operations of athletics facilities and event management for all athletics and non-athletics events.
While at K-State Saal held operational responsibilities for the 2001, 2002, and 2003 NCAA Volleyball First and Second Rounds, 2003 NCAA Men's Central Regional Golf Championship, and the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds. He also administered numerous Big 12 Championships to include serving as meet director/tournament manager for the 2002 Women's Golf, 2004 Cross Country and 2005 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In addition, Saal assisted in planning and on-site management of all travel logistics for the Kansas State football program.
Before assuming the event management position at Kansas State, Saal served for one year as the rowing and golf administrative assistant for the Wildcats. In addition to day-to-day office operations, Saal was responsible for the preparation, administration and analysis of multiple sports budgets, assisting with NCAA compliance, recruiting, and coordinating all aspects of team travel.
Saal graduated from Kansas with a master's degree in education and sports administration in 2000. After a successful one-year stint with the University of Arkansas swimming and diving program, he received his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University in 1999 where he was a three-year letter winner and NCAA participant on the Horned Frog swimming and diving squad.
Saal and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Jacob (9), Alex (7).