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.
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Owls Sweep Sunday Singles
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10/11/2015 - M. Golf - After a month off, Rice will cohost the inaugural Bayou City Collegiate Classic, played at the par 72, 7,272-yard Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland.
Rice Rallies for 27-26 Victory Over Florida...
10/11/2015 - Football - Rice scored twice in the final eight minutes to rally from a 12-point deficit and defeat Florida Atlantic, 27-26.
Dates Set For Winter Baseball Camps
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Volleyball Returns Home to Host Blue Raiders...
10/10/2015 - W. Volleyball - The Rice Owls volleyball team will host Middle Tennessee on Sunday with first serve set for 1 p.m.
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