Shane Donaldson is entering his ninth season with the Rhode Island Athletics media relations staff in 2019-20. He currently serves as the media relations contact for football, men's basketball, rowing, softball, swimming & diving and tennis. In 2019, he was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director.
He joined the department in November of 2011. In addition to the teams he works directly with, Donaldson also has served as the media contact for women’s basketball (2012-17) and volleyball (2011-12), as well as the on-site media relations coordinator for the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship in 2012 and 2013. He filled the same role for the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball East Regional.
Before moving to the Athletics Department, Donaldson worked in URI’s Department of Communications and Marketing from July of 2008 through November of 2011. He was the editor for URI TODAY, the school’s news website, and he handled the University’s social media content for Facebook and Twitter. He also served as the primary source contact for the school's College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Human Science and Services. He was a member of the URI Division of Advancement’s Diversity Task Force, and also served on the school’s committees for Homecoming and Big Chill Weekend.
Donaldson spent two years as the Assistant Sports Information Director at NCAA Division III Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., where he worked closely with all 18 varsity programs the school offered.
He spent several years working in the media as both a sports and news reporter. From 1999 through 2001, Donaldson worked with the New England Patriots team website (patriots.com) and newspaper (Patriots Football Weekly).
Donaldson was hired by the MetroWest Daily News in July of 2002, where he covered professional, college and high school athletics. He also wrote two weekly columns and was a copy editor. In April of 2004 he joined the South County Independent, where he won two New England Press Association awards and one Rhode Island Press Association award for his work.
A native of Middletown, R.I., Donaldson earned his degree from URI in journalism in 1999. He and his wife, Kate, have a son, PJ.