HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Dr. E. J. Brophy has been chosen to become the athletic director at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
The combination of Brophy's experience as an athletic director, his knowledge of the Gulf South Conference, and his background with a large, collegiate athletic program made Brophy the logical candidate, according to Interim President Malcolm Portera.
"I want to thank the search committee and chairman John Horack for finding quality candidates during this interview process," Dr. Portera said. "When the committee looked at the strengths that E. J. Brophy possesses, it was clear that he was the best fit for the future of athletics at UAHuntsville. His qualifications are ideally suited for him to provide leadership in all aspects of Charger athletics."
Brophy has been the athletic director at The University of West Alabama since 2006 where he directs and supervises the athletic department in addition to serving as the chief fundraiser. He was nominated as the Division II Athletic Director of the Year in 2007 at West Alabama, and also has athletic administrative experience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
"I am extremely honored to have been afforded this opportunity by Dr. Portera and The University of Alabama in Huntsville," Dr. Brophy said. "UAHuntsville is a fantastic research university with so many wonderful scholar-athletes, and I look forward to working with all of the great Charger students, fans, friends and alums. We will effort every day to have the type of athletic department that our university and the Huntsville community will be extremely proud of in every way, and I look forward to joining the Charger family in May."
Dr. Horack, chairman of the search committee and UAHuntsville's vice president for research, praised Parker Executive Search firm in Atlanta that assisted with Brophy's recruitment. "This process enabled us to identify exceptional candidates from across the country, and at the end of the day, Dr. Brophy became our first choice," he said. "We are thrilled to have him join our team, and look forward to a bright future for our scholar-athletes and for all of our athletic programs."
Prior to becoming an athletic administrator, he served as the head baseball coach at Wallace State Community College and was an assistant coach at the University of Montevallo and Samford University. He was a four-year starter in baseball at UAB where he was an All Sun Belt Conference player. Brophy joined the Philadelphia Phillies organization for four years, reaching their AAA farm team before retiring and joining the coaching ranks.
He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in physical education from UAB, and received a doctorate in educational leadership from UAB as well.
Brophy succeeds Jim Harris who passed away last December from a heart attack. He is expected to begin his duties on May 9 pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama.