Brian Reese was named the fourth athletics director in the history of Lander University on January 11, 2017, by Lander President Richard Cosentino.
Under Reese's direction, the Bearcats have participated in 10 NCAA Tournaments and won two NCAA Southeast Region championships, along with two Peach Belt Conference titles. Reese has also overseen the addition of men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rugby, and wrestling to the athletic department, as well as the return of the women's golf program.
Reese, who has more than 25 years of experience in athletics management and leadership at Division I universities in South Carolina and Tennessee, previously served as the athletic director at Presbyterian College for six years.
At Presbyterian, Reese was directly responsible for a 15-sport intercollegiate athletics program. During his tenure, Presbyterian successfully completed its transition to NCAA Division I status, with Reese developing and implementing the policies, procedures and programming needed for the move. Reese is also directly involved with campus life initiatives, serving on numerous committees related to the improvement of the overall student experience at the college.
Prior to joining Presbyterian College, Reese spent eight years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., first serving as director of football operations, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the football department and its support staff. He next served as director of sports operations, then in 2008, he was named Vanderbilt's associate director of student-athletics. In addition to managing and directing administrative oversight for the football, women's lacrosse and women's bowling programs, he served as part of Vanderbilt's senior management team that helped develop and implement policy for the university's 16-sport athletic department.
Reese also served as head athletic trainer at Furman University from 1995 to 2002 and as assistant director of sports medicine at The Citadel from 1989 to 1995.
A 1986 graduate of Grand Valley State College in Allendale, Mich., where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education, Reese holds a master's degree in athletic administration from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He is a member of the NCAA Division I Football Regional Advisory Committee and the FCS Committee, representing the Big South Conference.