Brian Michael Cooper is Senior Associate Athletic Director - Finance at Rice University. At Rice, Cooper serves as Athletics' chief financial officer, responsible for management of the annual budget, fiscal strategy, and administrative oversight for issues related to Human Resources, Information Technology and Legal.
Cooper brings a wealth of experience to the Owls' senior staff. He previously served as President of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the 2010 NBA D-League Champions and an affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. During his tenure with the Vipers, Cooper negotiated the first-of-its-kind hybrid partnership with the Rockets, a partnership that resulted in the Vipers leading the league in many economic categories and winning the 2010 NBA D-League title.
Cooper is also an attorney licensed to practice in New York and Texas. After graduation, he worked as an attorney at Proskauer Rose in New York, working on litigation matters for the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League. At Haynes and Boone in Houston, Cooper represented companies in the negotiation of multi-million dollar sponsorship deals with professional athletes. He is also a former NFLPA and NBA-PA certified player agent The Evansville, Indiana, native also worked with the Management Council of the National Football League while in law school. At the NFL headquarters in New York City he worked on matters related to injury grievances filed by league players and helped staff counsel prepare for hearings.
Cooper played football for two years at Cornell University (1988-89), where he earned his undergraduate degree in Government and Philosophy with a semester abroad at Oxford University. He earned a master degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Columbia Law School.
Cooper and his family reside in The Woodlands, north of downtown Houston.
Play 4Kay Pink Game Set for Thursday
02/08/2016 - W. Basketball - The Rice Owls women's basketball team hosts its annual Play 4Kay pink game this Thursday, Feb. 11 versus Charlotte with tip-off set for 7 p.m.
FanFest 2016 Sights & Sounds
02/07/2016 - Baseball - A pleasant time was had by all at the Rice Baseball Program’s 2016 FanFest.
Strong Second Half Propels Rice to Victory over...
02/06/2016 - M. Basketball - Rice made its first eight shots of the second half to turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 72-65 victory over Southern Miss, Saturday night at ...
Owls Fall at Southern Miss, 68-62
02/06/2016 - W. Basketball - Rice junior forward Jasmine Goodwine notched her second double-double of the season but the Owls' bid to hand Southern Miss their first home loss...
Third Sets A Charm as Owls Drop Arizona
02/06/2016 - W. Tennis - Savannah Durkin, Alison Ho and Lindsey Hodge shook off first-set disappointments to rally themselves and their teammates and spark a 6-1 win over...
Wildcats Hold Off Owls
02/06/2016 - M. Tennis - David Warren ran his singles record to 6-0 this year and his dual unbeaten streak to 15 matches, but 21st ranked Northwestern thwarted Rice's...
Ding Wins Triple Jump at Charlie Thomas...
02/06/2016 - W. Track - Rice junior Daisy Ding won the triple jump on her final attempt on the final day of the Charlie Thomas Invitational Saturday afternoon on the...
Riddle Breaks Own School Record in Weight Throw
02/06/2016 - M. Track - Just seven days after breaking the Rice record in the weight throw, sophomore thrower Austin Riddle re-broke his own mark with a distance of 17.72m...
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