COO & Deputy Athletic Director
Bryan B. Blair begins his second year as WSU’s Senior Associate Athletic Director. In August 2019, Blair was given the additional title of Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he directs the sport administrator group responsible for day-to-day administration of WSU’s 17 varsity sports, while specifically serving as the sport administrator for football, swimming, tennis, cross-country, and track and field. As sport administrator, Blair oversees all aspects of each program, including personnel, budgeting, capital projects, fundraising, student-athlete welfare and overall program evaluation.
In addition to his sport oversight responsibilities, Blair supervises several department units, including Student-Athlete Development, Strength & Conditioning, Equipment Services, and Performance Nutrition. He also manages the Cougars’ relationship with Nike, leads the department’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, and is charged with the development and execution of WSU Athletics’ Strategic Plan, which defines the department’s vision and strategy for years to come.
Blair arrived in Pullman after spending the previous four plus years at Rice University, where he served as a senior associate athletic director for sport administration & compliance. At Rice, he served as a member of the athletics department’s senior leadership team, overseeing six of the department’s 16 NCAA Division I sports. In addition, Blair coordinated Rice’s compliance efforts while supervising sports medicine, strength & conditioning, and sports nutrition, and served as the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Actively engaged in intercollegiate athletics nationally, Blair has served on committees and working groups within the NCAA and professional organizations, including the National Sports Forum’s Business of Diversity in Sports and Entertainment committee. The National Sports Forum is the largest annual cross gathering of sports executives in the areas of revenue generation, specifically sports marketing, ticket sales and sponsorship. He also serves as a judge for the Women’s Sports Foundation Tara VanDerveer Fund and previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC).
In 2017, Blair was selected among 25 senior-level administrators from across the country to participate in the prestigious NCAA Pathway Program. The year-long, experiential learning program is designed to elevate those currently in senior-level positions within athletics administration to the next step in reaching their goal of becoming directors of athletics. Blair is also a proud graduate of the NCAA’s Dr. Charles Whitcomb Leadership Institute, where he was peer-selected as the graduation speaker for the 2013 class.
Previous stops in his career include the University of South Carolina, a previous position at Rice and the NCAA national headquarters.
A former Division I football student-athlete and team captain, Blair graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. At Wofford, he served as a member of SAAC and was recognized as Defensive Lineman of the Year, his final season. The Bennettsville, S.C. native went on to receive his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Blair and his wife, Jenna, are parents to daughter Brielle, and two “puppies,” Kongo and Finney.