Joe Shirley, who served on the Boston College athletics staff for 14 years, including the last seven as assistant athletic director for facilities, was selected to the new role of senior associate athletics director for facilities, operations, and capital projects at the University of Delaware in April, 2013.
He earned additional responsibilities in January, 2015 and his title was changed to senior associate athletics director for facilities, operations, and sports performance.
Shirley oversees all athletic facilities and event operations and also manages all athletics capital projects. Since January, his responsibilities were expanded to also include oversight of sports performance areas such as equipment operations, strength & conditioning, athletic training, and sports medicine. He also serves as the sport administrator for volleyball and softball.
“We are excited to add to our team someone with such tremendous experience in the area of athletics facilities,” said Delaware Director of Athletics Eric Ziady, who was named AD at Delaware in November, 2012. “Joe is one of the most organized and hard-working individuals I’ve ever worked with and is someone who is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve the overall experience of our student-athletes. Joe will work to maximize the utilization of our facilities and will use his talents to strategically plan the capital projects and construction initiatives we look forward to embark on in the years ahead.”
Shirley joined the BC staff in 1999 and was promoted to the position of assistant athletics director for facilities in June, 2005. While at BC, he supervised the day-to-day management of all facilities in addition to capital projects, strategic planning, and project management.
He oversaw 60 camps and clinics annually and also served as the department’s liaison to the BC facilities management, facility service, and capital projects departments. He also served as the operations game manager for volleyball.
“I am excited to start a new chapter in my life as a Blue Hen,” said Shirley. “I have always admired University of Delaware Athletics since my days at Northeastern University. I look forward to working with all the staff at the University in maintaining and improving the facilities for our student-athletes and our fans to enjoy.”
Shirley’s projects included the construction of the Yawkey Athletics Center, renovation of the Conte Forum locker rooms, meeting rooms, offices, and weight rooms, and Alumni Stadium field resurfacing and stadium upgrades.
On BC’s Newton campus, Shirley oversaw renovations of the soccer/lacrosse field and the field hockey field that included new artificial surfaces and game management and fan amenities.
He served as tournament manager for the 2012 NCAA Men’s East Regional Basketball Tournament, assistant tournament manager of the 2009 NCAA Men’s East Regional Basketball Tournament, game manager for the 2006 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four, and practice/game manager of the 2003 NCAA Men’s NCAA Basketball first and second rounds at the TD Boston Garden.
In addition to his departmental assignments, Shirley served on numerous campus committees, including the University commencement committee, Sesquicentennial sub-committee, and campus sustainability committee, and also participated in Boston College’s operational efficiency project of overtime practices.
He also served as the co-advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during its inception and led the committee's community service efforts, developing contacts and opportunities with the Franciscan Hospital and the Children's Hospital.
His efforts were recognized by the college in May of 2005 when he was named a recipient of the Reverend John R. Trzasca S.J. Award in recognition of Leadership and Service to the Boston College community.
Shirley was named assistant equipment manager in 1999 and was promoted to head equipment manager in January 2001. He worked extensively with the Eagles' football team, supervised equipment operations for 31 varsity sports, and managed contracts with Reebok and Champion.
A 1994 graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in criminal justice, Shirley served as the head equipment manager and athletic merchandise coordinator at Northeastern from 1994-99. He was a scholarship student-athlete on the Northeastern football team as an offensive lineman before his career was cut short due to back injuries.
Shirley is also a member of NACDA’s Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association and Stadium Managers Association.
A native of Edison, N.J., Shirley and his wife, Amy (nee Bedard), are the parents of three children, daughters Morgan (9) and Jordan (6), and son Joe III (3).