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 Brian Reese

Brian Reese, formerly Vanderbilt University's associate director of student athletics, has been named the new director of athletics at Presbyterian College.

PC president Dr. John Griffith made the announcement on Monday, April 5, following a national search that attracted more than 80 candidates.

"I am enormously pleased to announce that Brian Reese has agreed to serve as our new director of athletics," Griffith said. "His experience at Vanderbilt underscores the importance we place on academics for our student-athletes and we believe he will be a perfect fit for our community."

Reese has served at Vanderbilt since 2002, when he first joined the school's athletics staff as director of football operations. In 2004, he was named director of sports operations at the university before being named associate director of student-athletics in 2008.

Prior to joining the athletics staff at Vanderbilt, Reese was the head athletic trainer at Furman University from 1995 to 2002 and assistant director of sports medicine at the Citadel from 1989 to 1995.

He is a 1986 graduate of Grand Valley State College in Allendale, Mich., where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. He also earned a master's degree in athletic administration from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma in 1989.

Reese has personal ties to PC; his wife attended PC while his brothers-in-law - Michael and William - were respective members of the Blue Hose football and baseball teams. During visits to campus both with family and as part of his job, Reese said he felt attuned to how special a place PC is.

"Presbyterian College has a great tradition of putting academics first for student-athletes," he said. "When the job opened, I went after it knowing this was a good environment to live and work in. After meeting people here - the coaches, student-athletes, faculty, and the community - I knew this is where I wanted to be. There is so much potential here for us to have great success in Division I and doing it with honor. I'm grateful and humbled to be selected."

Reese follows Dr. William "Bee" Carlton, who served his alma mater as AD for six years.

Reese and his wife, Tricia, have three children. He began his full-time duties as director of athletics on July 1.

Position: Director of Athletics