06 Sep Bill Ivey Chosen as New Athletic Director/Director of Basketball Operations
Bill Ivey has been chosen as the new Athletic Director/Director of Basketball Operations of the Southeastern Bible College Sabers. He will be responsible for recruiting and scheduling as well as restarting the men’s and women’s programs at Southeastern Bible College.
Bill Ivey is a 40-year veteran of Birmingham-area public and private education. He has a B.S. in Commerce & Business from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Alex Granados, President of Southeastern Bible College said: “The Athletic Department of Southeastern Bible College exists to give student/athletes and coaches an opportunity to glorify Christ through athletic competition. The athletic programs are a vital and visible aspect of the mission and vision of Southeastern Bible College, and therefore must exemplify the integrity and standards of excellence established by the college. We are blessed to have Bill Ivey as our Athletic Director/Director of Basketball Operations. He will help us build a winning program. We want our student/athletes to excel in the classroom and their sport. We are building champions of character!”
Ivey’s teaching career includes over 20 years in high school and university classrooms (American History, Western Civilization, and Government/Economics). After coaching high-school basketball and track schools for ten years, he left to become the Head Women’s Coach at UAB. In his first year there (1984-5), he was named Co-Coach of the Year in the Sun Belt Conference. Bill is also a veteran of the summer basketball camp business, particularly the Gene Bartow Basketball Camps.
He left coaching for a few years to become the first Director of what is now Bartow Arena, and four years later he was named UAB’s Director of Undergraduate Admissions. During those years, Bill was also an adjunct instructor in the UAB Department of History. He left UAB in 1992 to return to coaching and teaching at Homewood High School.
After 25 years in public education, Bill moved into the private sector, serving as an account executive and sales manager for nine years at a computer training company. Bill helped to promote Birmingham’s technology sector by working closely with the local technology umbrella organization, TechBirmingham, and by organizing its monthly breakfast meeting. In 2009, Bill left to form his own company, TechKnowledge Birmingham.
In 2013, knowing that there is a serious void in teaching young basketball players how to play, Bill founded the Birmingham Basketball Academy. The Academy has now served more than 500 Birmingham-area players since its inception. Its market continues to grow and now includes the entire Birmingham metro area.
In 2003, Bill formed the Central Alabama Youth Foundation, a non-profit that uses basketball as a magnet to attract young male basketball players who’ve “slipped through the cracks.” The mission of the CAYF (implemented through its Underground Basketball Program), is to help its participants find their way into the socioeconomic mainstream. Through the years, many Underground Basketball alumni have graduated from various colleges and universities and/or moved into mainstream jobs. A few years ago the CAYF helped a college dropout receive a basketball scholarship. He has now graduated from law school and recently passed the Alabama Bar Exam.
Bill is married to Cathy, who recently retired from teaching high school chemistry for four decades. Their son, David, is an IT specialist and basketball coach in Washington, DC—and their daughter, Mary, is an accreditation manager for a Birmingham health care company. Bill and Cathy are long-time members of First United Methodist Church in downtown Birmingham.
The vision of Southeastern Bible College is to equip servant leaders for Christian living and service worldwide through being an institution of academic and spiritual excellence. Southeastern Bible College is located at 2545 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35244-2083. www.sebc.edu.