Dr. Jack Garrett joined the Rice Athletics Department as the Associate Athletic Director-Sport Administration/Support Services on Wednesday, June 9. Taking a short break from settling into his office and setting up his workplace, he talked about the decision to come to Rice.
"I worked with Rick (Greenspan) at Indiana, but we have known each other for more than 30 years. When I saw that he was back in the saddle as the Athletics Director here, I was thrilled for him. I knew that he had landed at a great place and it was somewhere I wanted to be. I told my wife that if an opportunity came up here at Rice, I certainly wanted to do pursue it.
"I was familiar with Houston from my time at Texas A&M (where he completed his Ph.D in 1985), and I enjoyed my time in Texas. We actually might have more family that lives down here now than we do back in the Midwest. I didn't remember Houston as feeling quite this large when I was here before. But we are excited to be here. Our daughter, her husband and our grandsons live in Chicago, and I have already checked out all those flights from Midway Airport to Hobby. That will be an easy trip for them. Our dogs are probably the ones who are making the biggest adjustment. They were used to being in a more rural environment, and they don't know what to make of all the people and traffic.
"Obviously Indiana was a larger school in terms of total number of students, but there is not a large difference in terms of the athletics department. We have about the same number of sports and student athletes, so the challenges as an administrator are similar. Throughout my time in administration, the greatest motivator has always been the time I have spent with the student-athletes. I look forward to continuing that experience here at Rice."