FEATURED UPCOMING EVENT
You may best know SJ Tuohy as the devoted adoptive brother to Michael Oher, the football star
whose triumphant ascent from homelessness to the NFL inspired the Oscar-winning film The
Blind Side. But in the years since the Tuohys first welcomed Oher into their family, SJ has
emerged as a successful athlete, journalist, and scholar in his own right. SJ joined University of
Central Florida in 2021 as Director of Football Operations and currently serves as the Associate
Athletics Director, Football/Chief of Staff for the Knights.
SJ’s firsthand account of Oher’s story is as captivating in person as it is on screen. Onstage, SJ
explores the importance that charity, faith, and drive have had in his life. His stories recalling
coming of age within the Tuohy household have inspired audiences across the country. In the
end, he issues a simple call to those listening: getting in the game and making a difference,
valuing others, and general kindness. Despite his varied schedule, SJ never passes on a chance to
give back. For him, sharing his family’s story is a chance to do so, and every audience he has
spoken to thus far has wholeheartedly agreed.
SJ earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications with a specialization in journalism and
marketing from Loyola University Maryland. As an undergrad, he lettered as a member of the
basketball team. During his freshman year, he was part of the first team in Loyola history to win
a post-season game, and the second to win more than 20 games. A highlight of his career, he is
“getting a bucket” at historic Allen Field House against Kansas.
After graduating early from Loyola, SJ furthered his academic life at Southern Methodist
University in Dallas. He earned a master’s degree in Humanistic Studies while also playing
football, twice being selected team captain. He coached in the fall of 2017 at SMU where the
Mustangs obtained their best home record since 1982 and first winning season since 2011. SJ
then proceeded to the staff at the University of Arkansas serving as the Assistant Director of
Football Operations, Special Assistant to the Head Coach, and Director of Player Personnel.
After Arkansas, SJ moved to Lynchburg where he served as The Assistant Athletic Director for
Football Operations for the Liberty Flames football team resulted in the school’s best season in
program history with an 11-1 season and a top 15 ranking to the end of the season. Currently, SJ is
the Associate Athletic Director/Chief of Staff at the University of Central Florida. He is also nearing
completion of his doctorate in business school through the Doctoral Strategic Leadership
program at Liberty.
In addition to academics and athletics, SJ has also played the piano for over 25 years, is an avid
reader and writer with work appearing in several online publications, and enjoys biking and
being outdoors. He serves on the board of the Making It Happens Foundation while also
volunteering for numerous organizations.
EVENT: APRIL 28th 6pm to 10pm
Marian Hall, 5698 Sunrise Drive, Ft. Myers, FL