May 10, 2019

Q&A with DeWayne Peevy

Alfred DeWayne Peevy ’96
From Falcons to Wildcats

DeWayne Peevy ’96 named to the Athletics Hall of Fame.

Your home: Lexington, Kentucky

Your hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Tell us about your family: Allison (wife of 14 years), Kaitlyn (daughter, age 18), Braden (son, age 11)

What is your profession? Deputy director of athletics at the University of Kentucky

What made you choose this profession? Just a love for sports. I knew I wanted to work in college athletics when I left school. My first job was as the first-ever assistant sports information director at the Gulf South Conference office, and I was hooked from day one.

How did Montevallo affect your career path? My first job in collegiate sports was as a student worker for UM Sports Information. I also majored in accounting, and my degree has helped me grow within the profession. My education has allowed me to transition to administration, and my current role requires budget oversight for the Athletics Department — supervising the Athletics chief financial officer, chief revenue officer and men’s basketball staff.

Education: I earned my bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Montevallo in 1996. I’m currently pursuing my MBA as part of the University of Kentucky/ University of Louisville Executive MBA program.

What awards/honors have you received? Is there a most significant honor? If so, please tell us about it. The most prestigious award I’ve received was being named to the UM Athletics Hall of Fame in February. I’m the chair of the Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame committee, and I never dreamed of personally being in a hall of fame. It was a tremendous honor that I will cherish the rest of my life.

How did you know you belonged at Montevallo? I was on the baseball team during my freshman year, and I immediately felt a part of a family. I knew I was in the right place.

What is your secret for success? Taking advantage of the opportunities afforded to me.

I think to have continued success, you need to concentrate on being great at your current job/role. Don’t focus on where you’re trying to go, lose yourself in your team and your teammates and success will follow.

Doors don’t open often, but when they do, you have to be ready to kick the door down.

What is the best advice you have received? Be the teammate you want to play with or be the staff member you want to work with.
Do you have a favorite motto? Hard work pays off

What makes alumni of UM unique? I love how alums across all years share such a bond and can immediately relate. The storytelling is amazing, and that’s why Montevallo is a special place to so many.

What is your favorite Montevallo memory? My freshman year — having a chance to bond with my teammates and making friends for life. It was a big change for me, but I will cherish it forever.

What would you tell a prospective student who was considering UM? If you are looking for a place to grow, make lasting memories, receive an outstanding education and make friends for a lifetime, there’s no better place than the University of Montevallo.

What are your hobbies? Watching sports and coaching my son’s baseball team.

What would you like to add? Montevallo made me. I came to campus without a plan but left with a focus and a background that has laid the path for any success I have had in my career. Go Falcons!