BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Will Lawler, Director of Compliance at the University of Tennessee, has been named Assistant Commissioner for Compliance with the Southeastern Conference, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Thursday.
Lawler joins the SEC staff from the University of Tennessee, where he served since March 2012. His duties with the SEC will include serving as the staff liaison to the SEC’s Faculty Athletics Representatives, overseeing the SEC’s initial eligibility academic review process, directing the SEC’s New Coaches Orientation Program, and enhancing the SEC’s effort to provide education and information on NCAA rules.
“We are pleased to add someone of Will’s background to our staff,” Slive said. “His experience in both the legal and collegiate athletics arenas will be a valuable asset to the SEC’s compliance efforts.”
Lawler has been responsible for coordinating various aspects of the University of Tennessee’s compliance program. He also served as the compliance department’s liaison to Tennessee’s Faculty Athletics Representative, the Registrar’s Office, the Admissions Office and the Thornton Academic Center.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work for the nation's premiere conference,” Lawler said. “I look forward to the transition back to Birmingham and to becoming a part of the Southeastern Conference team."
Prior to joining the staff at Tennessee, Lawler was the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance at Western Kentucky University from May 2011 to March 2012, working with current Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork.
Lawler served as compliance coordinator at Arkansas State during the 2010-11 academic year, and previously spent nearly four years as an attorney with the law firms of Adams and Reese and Carr Allison, both located in Birmingham.
Lawler is a 2002 graduate of Samford University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history as a Dean’s List student and was a member of the school’s football team. He earned a Juris Doctorate, graduating cum laude from Samford’s Cumberland School of Law, in May 2006.