BIRMINGHAM – Steve Shaw, who has served as the SEC Coordinator of Officials since 2011, will also manage and oversee the Sun Belt Conference’s football officiating program effective for the 2014 season, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced today in conjunction with Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson.
Shaw replaces outgoing Sun Belt Officials coordinator Don Lucas, who has been with the league in that capacity since its inaugural season of football in 2001.
Prior to being named the head of the SEC’s officiating program, Shaw was an official in the conference for over 15 years. He worked on the field for 14 post-season bowl games, including eight Bowl Championship Series games. He has officiated two national championship contests – the 2000 Sugar Bowl (Florida State vs. Virginia Tech) and the 2005 Orange Bowl (Southern California vs. Oklahoma). He has also been the referee for four SEC Championship Games (1997, 1998, 2001 and 2006).
“I am very confident in Steve’s ability to lead our officiating program and take it to the next level,” said Benson. “Steve will provide us with effective teaching and training during the offseason and will employ a systematic evaluation process that will allow the officials to improve their quality of officiating from week-to-week during the season.”
Prior to officiating in the SEC, Shaw worked for six years as an official in the Gulf South Conference and as a high school official for 14 years.
“It is truly my honor to be associated with the SEC and now the Sun Belt Conference,” said Shaw. “I am very impressed with the leadership of the conference office and the future direction of the conference. I look forward to being a part of a journey of excellence in officiating.”