Bobby May Program
HOUSTON – Rice track and field great and former AD Bobby May ('65), who was recently inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame, will be honored on Friday, Nov. 10 at the "R" Room of Rice Stadium at the third annual PR Club event.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres, followed by the start of the program at 7 p.m. Limited seating is still available. All proceeds benefit the Rice men’s track and field program. RSVP to Lizzie Yoshida (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Oct. 31, 2017.
In addition to honoring May, managers and trainers throughout Rice track and field history will also be recognized.
May, who ran track and was later athletic director at Rice, spent a combined 45 years at his alma mater before retiring as AD in 2006.
May’s contributions to Rice began during his undergraduate days on South Main. He was a four-time Southwest Conference champion in the hurdle events (1963-65) and added the NCAA high-hurdle title in 1964. A finalist for the Olympic trials in the hurdles in 1964 and a cum laude graduate at Rice in 1965, May was part of the second group of Owls inducted into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 1971.
May returned to Rice as an assistant track coach and assistant business manager under Emmett Brunson at Rice in 1967. He became head track coach and assistant athletic director for business in 1976. In 1979, he retired from coaching and devoted all his time and energy to business operation of the athletic department. He remained in that capacity for five years before being promoted to associate athletic director in 1984.
In 1989, May overtook the reigns of the Rice athletic department, where he served as the athletic director until 2006. During May’s tenure the Owls’ baseball team won the first NCAA team championship in school history in 2003. He also played an integral role in renovating the Rice athletic facilities, including Reckling Park in 2000, Rice track/soccer stadium in 2000-01 and Fox Gymnasium in 1998.
The PR Club, which is dedicated to promoting Rice University men’s track & field and cross country excellence, is the Sports Interest Group of the Rice Athletics Fund that supports the Rice men’s track & field and cross country programs through financial contributions. Funds raised by The PR Club cover approved costs such as equipment, travel, medical care, etc.