Named as Community Partner of the Year
In his new role, Laney will oversee the growth of the Rice 100 program, which supports the Owls football program, as well as the reconfiguration of the Owl Club as the primary fund raising effort for Rice Athletics. He will expand his previous efforts in the area of donor relations.
During his time overseeing the Owls ticket opperations, he supervised event planning and game day operations, staffing and event reconciliation, as well as the hosting possible postseason competitions. Laney will also oversaw the transition to the new seating configuration after the renovation of Tudor Fieldhouse, including seating, online/gameday ticket sales and day to day operations.
Laney joined Rice from Vanderbilt University where he was the assistant ticket manager the past eighteen months. While in Nashville, he helped Vanderbilt host its first ever NCAA baseball regional, increase gross sales to numbers never achieved before and had more sell-outs than ever before. Men's basketball season tickets sold out for the first time since 1992 and baseball sold out for the first time ever.
Before Vanderbilt, Laney was at the University of Alabama and interned in the ticket office and business office. A native of Houston, he earned a B.S. in financial planning and a M.S. in sports management, both from the University of Alabama. He graduated high school from Strake Jesuit and grew up a Rice fan after attending basketball camps at Autry Court.