Steve Shutt Named Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations

July 26, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Steve Shutt, the associate athletic director for media relations at Wofford College, has been named the assistant athletic director for media relations at Wake Forest University. He replaces Dean Buchan who recently accepted a similar position at Georgia Tech.

"We are pleased to have Steve join the Wake Forest family," said associate athletic director Craig Keilitz. "He's a proven leader with a great track record. Steve will be a great addition to our department and continue the success that the media relations office has already achieved."

Shutt, 48, has spent the last two seasons at Wofford where he coordinated all athletic media relations efforts for an 18-sport Division I institution.

Prior to his time at Wofford, Shutt spent six years with the Southern Conference as the associate commissioner for public affairs. He initiated media training for student-athletes, started a weekly satellite video feed for the distribution of highlight clips and developed SoConSIDA, a multi-day training workshop for the conference's sports information professionals. In addition, Shutt was the Southern Conference liaison to the league's baseball coaches and umpires and served as the director of the SoCon Baseball Championship.

"I am very excited about coming to Wake Forest," said Shutt. "During my visit to campus, I was impressed with the passion and the commitment of the administrators and the coaching staff. This will be a great opportunity to work with an outstanding institution and a first class conference."

A veteran of 21 years on college campuses, Shutt previously served as the sports information specialist at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Fla. (1980-82), as the assistant sports information director at Bowling Green State University (1982-83) and as the SID at BGSU from 1983-87. In addition, he spent 11 years as an assistant athletic director at New Mexico State University before joining Jeff Dezen Public Relations in Greenville, S.C. in 1999 where he was an account executive on the Maxfli-Dunlop golf account.

At Bowling Green, he successfully promoted quarterback Brian McClure to a top 10 finish in the 1985 Heisman Trophy race. At New Mexico State, Shutt worked with 27 student-athletes who earned Academic All-America honors. Wofford has been nationally-ranked in the Football Championship Subdivision and is a preseason top 10 team in 2007.

Shutt has served as the media relations director for the 2002 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship First- and Second- Round site at Greenville, S.C. He also worked as the liaison between the NCAA and CBS at the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regionals and was a media coordinator at the 2004 FedEx Orange Bowl.

Shutt is a 1980 graduate of Bowling Green with a degree in journalism. His wife, Dr. Doris Paez, is the executive director of the Metropolitan Studies Institute at the University of South Carolina-Upstate. They are the parents of a 10-year old daughter, Gabriela, and a six-year old son, Javier.

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