Chris Shoals is in his third 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. In addition, Shoals served as the women's soccer contact during its historic 2011 season, with primary contact John Hayden on maternity leave. 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 2012.
Women's soccer boasted a bevy of award winners during Shoals' time with the program, including All-Southeastern Conference performers Kelsey Hunyadi and freshman Arin Gilliand. Shoals managed the weekly notes package for the program, served as the official scorer during home games, the editor for the game program, traveled with the team throughout the season and helped coordinate all communication needs for third-year head coach John Lipsitiz.
In addition to Shoals' duties with women's soccer and men's tennis, he serves as the assistant contact for the nationally ranked UK softball program, 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, 17, and is currently a junior for at UK studying journalism with an emphasis in broadcast.