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Leslie Claybrook

Leslie  Claybrook

Senior Associate Athletics Director, SWA

Leslie Claybrook served as Senior Associate Athletics Director/ Senior Woman Administrator at Rice University from the spring of 2007 through August of 2011.

Claybrook managed the day to day internal operations of the entire athletic department. She provided administrative oversight to all of Rice's 16 sports programs including overseeing all student-athlete services - academics, compliance, athletic training, equipment, and strength and conditioning. Claybrook was instrumental in reorganizing academic services, athletic training, and strength and conditioning areas, including the hiring of additional staff and the creation of the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development position.

Claybrook played an integral role in the development of the Athletic Department's Strategic plan and is responsible for its day to day implementation. She oversaw the University's completion of the NCAA Self Study. She also developed and implemented the Department's policy and procedure manual and student-athlete handbook.

Under Claybrook's tenure, Rice student-athletes were recognized for stellar academic achievement including numerous Academic All-American and C-USA award winners. Currently, 12 of Rice's 16 teams have posted a 3.0 grade point average or better.

Athletically during Claybrook's time, the football team recorded its first 10 win season since 1949 and first bowl victory since beating Alabama in the 1954 Cotton Bowl, the baseball program competed in two World Series, the volleyball team participated in two NCAA tournaments including winning the 2009 C-USA tournament, women's cross country won the South Central Regional in 2007 and finished with national rankings of 16th in 2007 and 22nd in 2008 and the women's track program winning the indoor and outdoor C-USA championships.

Claybrook served as the tournament manager for all C-USA championships hosted on Rice's campus. She also has been involved in staffing NCAA events for softball, basketball and volleyball.

Claybrook worked closely with the Rice Women's Athletic Advisory Board as well as each sport's special interest group. These groups raised over $1 million dollars annually for women's athletics and each sports team.

Claybrook was a member of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee, NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee and served on the NCAA Amateurism Fact Finding Committee.

Prior to Rice, Claybrook served as the Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at Samford University. She worked closely with Samford's student-athletes and coaches in all areas of NCAA compliance and student-athlete welfare. She was also involved in the oversight and management of all Bulldog sports.

Claybrook served in a similar capacity at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. While at BSC, she was instrumental in the department's transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I, including starting seven new sports and leading the school through the NCAA certification process. Claybrook also oversaw the internal operations of the athletics department, including the administration of 14 sports and capital projects including the construction of softball field, tennis courts, hall of fame room, weight room and basketball court and office renovations. She led numerous fundraising events that raised $500,000 annually for endowed scholarships and sports team's budgets.

Prior to her time at BSC, Claybrook served as a compliance assistant with the Southeastern Conference. She also served stints as an assistant women's basketball coach at Mercer and Troy.

In her spare time, she has been actively involved in refereeing basketball at the collegiate, WNBA and international levels. Her expertise allowed her to represent USA Basketball as a referee at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

A native of Luverne, Ala., Claybrook is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she was a four-year letterwinner for the women's basketball team and a threetime selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Claybrook received a master's degree from Mercer University while an assistant women's basketball coach.

She is married to Perry Robinson. They have one daughter Lillian Bonnie Robinson born on August 19, 2009.



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