Feb. 6, 2014
Rice University Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard has announced the hiring of Bryan B. Blair as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance. Blair previously served as the Compliance Coordinator at Rice.
"We are excited to bring Bryan back to Rice to oversee our Compliance initiatives," said Karlgaard. "He has maintained many relationships from his previous time on campus and there was unanimous enthusiasm among those I spoke to about the potential of him taking on this crucial role."
Blair returns to Houston from the University of South Carolina where he served as an Assistant Director of Compliance Services. At USC, he was the primary liaison to four SEC sports providing rules education and interpretations. Blair also oversaw the department's compliance efforts related to recruiting, personnel, camps/clinics and the NCAA Coaches Recruiting Certification exam. In 2012, he was chosen for the NCAA Leadership Institute and was selected by his peers as the graduation speaker.
From 2011-2012, Blair was Rice's Compliance Coordinator serving as the liaison to Rice Admissions, as well as, the advisor to the Rice SAAC, which earned the 2011-12 Division I National SAAC "Award of Excellence" for having the nation's top SAAC organization. Blair also oversaw the first "Owls On Stage" athletic talent show in addition to supervising the annual Rice Athletics Welcome Back event and Night of the Owl all-sports awards banquet.
Before arriving at Rice, Blair was a NCAA Postgraduate Intern in Academic and Membership Affairs (AMA). He began his Compliance career as an intern in the Compliance Office at Wofford College and later completed a compliance internship at South Carolina.
A 2007 graduate of Wofford where he was a four-year letterman and team captain in football, Blair went on to attend the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in 2010.
"I'm extremely excited to return to Rice University," says Blair. "Rice is a special place where student-athletes compete at the highest level, both in the classroom and on the playing surface. My hope is that my skill set serves to enhance the already impressive success within Rice Athletics."