The Tennessee softball program announced Patrick Lawson as its new director of softball operations in July of 2013.
Lawson previously worked in Tennessee event management for five years, overseeing game days and managing events for UT's softball, soccer and women's golf teams.
Whether at home or on the road, Lawson plays a critical role behind the scenes in the coordination, planning and execution of the Tennessee softball program's day-to-day activities. In his first season as the director of softball operations, some of his many duties included overseeing home gamedays, coordinating team travel plans and team meals, directing the 2014 Knoxville Regional and supervising the team's managers.
"We are excited about hiring Patrick Lawson as our director of operations," Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said when Lawson was hired in 2013. "Patrick replaces Lindsay Schutzler Bell, who moved to Texas to be with her husband. Patrick has done an amazing job as the event director for softball the past several years. As part of the University event management staff, he has a thorough knowledge of the athletic department and its procedures. He is an intelligent problem solver who knows how to get things done."
Prior to becoming the director of softball operations, Lawson orchestrated UT softball regular-season and postseason games as part of Tennessee's event management staff. He has played a major role in producing enjoyable and safe game day experiences at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium and he has been vital to behind-the-scenes coordination for Tennessee's appearances in the SEC Tournament, the NCAA Regionals, the NCAA Super Regionals and the Women's College World Series.
Lawson earned his bachelor's degree in sports management and his master's degree in kinesiology from the University of Tennessee. Lawson, his wife Caroline and daughters Maddie (10) and Olivia (6) live in Knoxville.