Brian Mann serves as Rice’s Senior Associate AD / Chief Development Officer, assuming the role in February of 2018 after serving as the Owls Associate AD since the summer of 2015.
Mann will lead all athletic development initiatives, including major gift and annual giving programs as well as leading the Owl Club staff. As a member of the Rice Athletics senior leadership, he will work closely with the University development leadership team to set strategy for the overall direction of the athletics development efforts in conjunction with the University’s V2C2 Campaign.
He first came to Rice in November of 2014 as the director of development and was promoted to Associate AD in the summer of 2015. A 2002 graduate of Dartmouth, where he starred at quarterback, Mann played for the LA Avengers in the Arena Football League while also appearing in a number of movies playing quarterback the film "Invincible" starring Mark Wahlberg and "The Game Plan" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and serving as Adam Sandler’s stunt double in the remake of “The Longest Yard”.
After retiring from football. Mann worked in the marketing and business world, including The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C. Through this company, he developed and executed strategic plans for marketing best practice research to hospitals across the country and built relationships with senior hospital executives, negotiating contracts directly with them. Mann also served as the Manager of Business Development for Tefen USA in New York for one year, establishing and managing client relationships through project management initiatives.
He returned to collegiate athletics in 2009 as Dartmouth’s Director of Football Operations and moved into the role of Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations in the fall of 2011. In that role, he worked with the Associate AD for External Relations to direct the department's stewardship of athletic alumni in support of annual giving programs. Mann stayed connected to football as well, working for the New England Sports Network (NESN) as a broadcaster at FCS football games in 2007 and 2008, ranging from sideline reporter to analyst in the booth.
Mann set the Dartmouth single-season record for passing yards with 2,913 in 2002 while completing nearly 60 percent of his passes and tossing 19 touchdowns. His 5,912 career passing yards are second on the Big Green all-time list, behind only Jay Fiedler '94 (6,684) who spent nine seasons in the NFL.