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 Chris Shoals
Chris Shoals

Position:
Student Assistant

Sports Covered:
Women's Soccer, Men's Tennis


Chris Shoals is in his fourth year working the University of Kentucky Media Relations Office and his second as a media relations assistant.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Shoals handles all of Kentucky's communications efforts for its men's tennis team and women's soccer team. Shoals has served as the women's soccer contact since its historic 2011 season and the men's tennis team since head coach Cedric Kauffmann took the reigns of the program. While with women's soccer, Shoals helped direct the team to one of its best seasons in school annals, including UK hosting the first NCAA Tournament game at the UK Soccer Complex since the 1999 season. He will continue to work with women's soccer in 2013.

Women's soccer has boasted a bevy of award winners during Shoals' time with the program, including All-Southeastern Conference performers Kelsey Hunyadi, Courtney Raetzman, Kelli Hubly and Arin Gilliand. Shoals manages the weekly notes package for the program, serves as the official scorer during home games, the editor for the game program, travels with the team throughout the season and helps coordinate all communication needs for fifth-year head coach John Lipsitz.

Shoals was responsible for the entire 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Lexington Regional media operation, where the Wildcats picked up their first-ever NCAA Tournament win in program histroy, knocking off UT Martin, 1-0, in overtime.

Shoals also was in charge of the 2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament media operation for the Lexington Regional, where the Wildcats were selected to host a four-team regional of Western Michigan, Michigan and Virginia Tech. The Wildcats advanced out of the Lexington Regional, and made it to the Sweet 16 for the fourth-straight year - a program first.

Women's soccer has boasted a bevy of award winners during Shoals' time with the program, including All-Southeastern Conference performers Kelsey Hunyadi, Courtney Raetzman, Kelli Hubly and Arin Gilliand. Shoals manages the weekly notes package for the program, serves as the official scorer during home games, the editor for the game program, travels with the team throughout the season and helps coordinate all communication needs for fifth-year head coach John Lipsitz.

In addition to Shoals' duties with women's soccer and men's tennis, he served as the assistant contact for the nationally ranked UK softball program in 2011 and 2012, when the Wildcats coming off the best season in school history, that saw UK host the NCAA Lexington Super Regional.

Besides his sport-specific responsibilities, Shoals helps handle the day-to-day management of the UK media relations office assisting in the communication conceptualization of UK's entire 22-sport intercollegiate athletics program. Shoals is a vital resource to the office throughout the year, assisting office coordinator Jamie Holloway in the coordination of daily office needs.

Shoals came to UK during the summer of 2010 as a freshman, immediately becoming vital to the office responsibilities. Before the 2011 school year starter, Shoals was promoted into a media relations assist post, working with his assigned sports with an un-rivaled work ethic and passion.

Before joining UK media relations, Shoals served as a sports columnist for Loveland Magazine back in his hometown, as well as the head basketball and football statistician for his high school. Shoals played three years of golf for his high school.

Shoals, the son of Michael and Leslie Shoals, has a sister, Katherine, 18, who attends Miami University, and is currently a senior for at UK studying journalism.