Bryan B. Blair was named Associate Athletics Director/Compliance at Rice University in February 2014 and was promoted to Senior Associate AD / Sport Administration & Compliance in November, 2015. He serves as a member of the athletics department's senior staff, while coordinating all aspects of the athletic department's compliance program that serves 16 NCAA Division I sports. Blair is also the sport administrator for the women's soccer and men's and women's track and field and cross country programs. He previously served as Rice's Compliance Coordinator.
Blair was given the 2014 Rising Star Award by the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC). The award recognizes young compliance professionals who are considered to be emerging leaders within the compliance profession.
Prior to returning to Rice, Blair served as Assistant Director of Compliance Services at the University of South Carolina where he was the primary liaison to four SEC sports, providing rules education and interpretations. Blair served as a member of USC's "Championship Culture" strategic planning subcommittee and oversaw the department's compliance efforts related to recruiting, personnel, camps/clinics and educational videos.
In 2012, Blair was chosen for the NCAA Leadership Institute, where he was designated as the 2013 graduation speaker by his peers. The prestigious NCAA Leadership Institute provides tailored programming conducted on NCAA member institution campuses to assist participants in strategically mapping and planning their careers.
In 2011, Blair was named Rice's Compliance Coordinator. In that role he served as the liaison to Rice Admissions as well as advisor to Rice's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which earned the 2011-12 Division I National SAAC "Award of Excellence" for having the nation's top SAAC organization. That year, SAAC created the first "Owls On Stage" student-athlete talent show aimed at closing the perceived gap between students and student-athletes. While at Rice, Blair was also a NAAC Convention Stipend recipient.
Before his initial time at Rice, Blair was selected as an NCAA postgraduate intern, serving in Academic & Membership Affairs (AMA). With the NCAA, Blair responded to interpretation requests and processed progress-toward-degree and legislative relief waivers, presenting his assigned cases in waiver team meetings. He also presented waiver appeals cases to the respective subcommittees. Blair began his compliance career as an intern at Wofford College and later completed a compliance internship at the University of South Carolina.
A former Division I football letterman and team captain, Blair graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. At Wofford, he served as a member of SAAC and was recognized as Wofford's Defensive Lineman of the Year, his final season. The Bennettsville, S.C. native received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Blair resides in Houston.
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