As a member of the athletics department senior staff and the senior compliance administrator for UAB, he oversees all aspects of the athletics compliance office including supervising two full-time staff members and several interns. During Bray’s tenure at UAB he spearheaded a revision of the Athletics Compliance Office organizational structure while also completely updating all policies, procedures and forms. The compliance section of the UAB athletics website has also undergone a complete redesign resulting in a much more user friendly design and more content for several constituent groups.
As part of community outreach efforts by the Athletics Compliance Office Bray has delivered several NCAA initial eligibility presentations to local high schools and he implemented an internship program with law students from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He is currently a member of the Alabama Athlete Agent Commission, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC). Bray has served as a NAAC convention panelist and currently serves as a NAAC Mentoring Program mentor. Finally, while at UAB Bray has served as the sport administrator for seven sports (men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, women’s volleyball and sand volleyball, and women’s bowling).
Prior to arriving at UAB Bray spent six years at Eastern Kentucky as Assistant Athletics Director for Administration. Among his many duties at EKU he had oversight responsibilities for compliance; men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country and track and field; women’s soccer; softball; cheer and dance; the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; the life skills program; the NCAA Student Assistance and Academic Enhancement Funds; and the NCAA certification process for EKU. Bray’s other duties included annually updating the athletics department and student-athlete handbooks, completing various NCAA reports, conducting a bi-annual Title IX compliance evaluation, coordinating the departments strategic planning efforts and administering the on-line student-athlete experience survey.
While at EKU he implemented several initiatives for and monitored progress on the department’s gender-equity and diversity plans resulting in him receiving the EKU Outstanding Dedication to Diversity award. Bray also served as a liaison to several groups on campus such as the University Athletics Committee; bookstore; student-athlete academic support center; sport psychologist; and the offices of General Counsel, Registrar, Financial Aid, and Admissions. Some of Bray’s accomplishments while at EKU include gaining approval of an early registration policy for student-athletes and other special population students and coordinating the creation of a full-time academic advisor/life skills coordinator position.
Bray’s first job in intercollegiate athletics administration was at the NCAA national office. He served the Association for over six years in various research related positions. In those positions Bray managed and presented longitudinal and governance structure initiated ad hoc research in the areas of diversity, finances, marketing, and participation and sponsorship rates. He also served as a liaison to five NCAA committees (Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Olympic Sports Liaison Committee, Walter Byers Scholarship Committee, Research Committee, Data Analysis Research Network), the membership, the public, and the media. During Bray’s time at the NCAA national office he testified to the Secretary of Education’s Commission on Opportunity in Athletics by providing NCAA sports sponsorship and participation data.
Throughout Bray’s career he has served on several committees. His involvement in the NCAA governance structure includes service on the Research and Division I Women’s Volleyball Committees. Bray also served a three-year term on the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships Selection Committee. His service to C-USA includes acting as a member of the Compliance Coordinators and Legislative Liaisons Committees.
Bray is a former two-sport collegiate student-athlete (football and track & field) at Pacific Lutheran University and went on to the University of Oregon to earn a Master’s degree in sports psychology. Later he earned an Executive Program Certificate from the Sports Management Institute.
He has been married to Leslie Bray for 12 years and is the father to two sons, Luke (7) and Landry (5). In addition to many outdoor activities (e.g., water skiing, snow skiing, mountain biking, camping, and hiking), Bray also enjoys serving as a volunteer coach for the many sports that his young sons participate in throughout the year.