UT-Chattanooga's AD Sloan to retire in May

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Steve Sloan will retire as
Chattanooga's athletic director in May after four years with the

Sloan, who also worked as athletic director at Alabama, Central
Florida and North Texas, plans to move to Orlando, Fla., to be with
his family. He announced his retirement Friday but said he would
stay until Chattanooga finds his replacement.

"He has kept our athletic programs among the most competitive
in the conference while getting us in compliance with Title IX,"
chancellor Roger Brown said.

Chattanooga won its first Commissioners Cup last year for the
Southern Conference's most successful men's program. Under Sloan,
Chattanooga added women's golf using money from a $50 per student
athletic fee. But basketball attendance is down this season to
3,550 through 11 games compared with an average of 4,400 in

Sloan played quarterback at Alabama under coach Bear Bryant and
spent three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He coached at
Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Mississippi and Duke before returning to
Alabama in 1987 as athletic director through 1989.