Assistant athletic director Allen Eggert, Rice's football athletic trainer, is one of the most respected in the nation. That status was reconfirmed in the summer of 1989 when the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association inducted Eggert into its Hall of Fame.
One of the veteran members of the Rice athletic department, the 64-year-old Eggert is in his 37th season with the Owls, after being elevated to the position of assistant athletic director prior to the 1997 season.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Eggert grew up in Houston where he was a student trainer at the old San Jacinto High School. After two years at Kilgore Junior College in east Texas, he transferred to Rice and worked under the late Eddie Wojecki, one of the pioneers of the sports medicine profession. Eggert received his degree in health and physical education from Rice in 1963.
Following his graduation, Eggert was a trainer at California Western University in San Diego and received his master's degree from that institution in 1967. He also worked on a part-time basis for the San Diego Chargers.
Eggert returned to Rice following the death of Wojecki in 1968. Counting his student days under the late Jess Neely, Eggert has served under 10 Rice football coaches. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association.