Ryan Bucher
Ryan Bucher

Assistant A.D./Facilities and Events

Ryan Bucher came to Rice in March of 2012 as the assistant athletic director for facilities and event management. In this role he in responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of all athletic facilities, as well as being involved with all construction and improvement projects. Ryan also oversees all aspects of game day operations for all 14 varsity sports for the Owls. This includes coordinating teams, officials, athletic department staff, event staff, security and fire rescue. Another role that Ryan oversees at Rice is the rental of athletic facilities to outside entities such as schools, concerts and private groups for events ranging from football games to meetings.

Prior to coming to Rice, Ryan was at the University of Miami Athletics Department, where he served as the director of events. In that capacity he oversaw the event management for all 17 varsity sports for the Hurricanes, directly coordinating the game-day operations for all football, track & field, and golf events. He was also responsible for soliciting, calculating, and submitting bids for Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and NCAA Championships, including the scheduling of the facilities and all aspects of event management.

A 2004 graduate of San Diego State University, Ryan earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and added a master's degree in education from the University of Miami in 2009.

Ryan is married to April Bucher, and together they have a young son, Caleb.