Drury Names New Athletic Director

Drury University is pleased to announce the appointment of Corey Bray as Vice President and Director of Athletics, effective March 18. Bray is currently the Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where his responsibilities include serving on the athletic department’s senior leadership team with direct oversight of selected budgets, compliance, and specific athletic programs.

Bray will succeed Mark Fisher, who announced in June that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.

Bray has been at UAB since 2011. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Athletics Director for Administration at Eastern Kentucky University for six years. Before that, he spent seven years working for the NCAA in Indianapolis in various roles, including associate director of research focusing on areas such as gender equity, diversity, finances, marketing, and participation rates. Bray was also a liaison to several national committees while at the NCAA headquarters.

Bray earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pacific Lutheran University, where he also minored in coaching and earned letters in football and track & field all four years. While at Pacific Lutheran, he was part of a national champion football team. He holds a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Oregon and is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute.

Bray, 46, cites servant leadership, integrity, a hunger for excellence, sportsmanship, fiscal responsibility, and inclusiveness as core values and he believes in the importance of integrating athletics into the mission of the university. Bray says the ability of sports programs to help student- athletes reach graduation and become productive citizens for life while winning championships is what fuels his passion for college athletics.

“I am a believer in the Division II philosophy of ‘Life in the Balance.’ Division II emphasizes both athletics and academics – they’re not mutually exclusive,” he says. “I love the focus on graduating and getting a degree. At the same time, I love the focus on competition, sportsmanship, and the game environment in Division II. Drury Athletics truly embodies that philosophy, and the teams have a winning tradition regionally, nationally and within their conference. I’m also truly impressed and excited about the direction of the university right now with the launch of the Your Drury Fusion academic experience, the growth in enrollment and fundraising, and the campus master plan, which includes new facilities for athletics.”

Bray comes to Drury following a national search. He will work alongside current AD Mark Fisher when he arrives in March to ensure a smooth and successful transition.

“Corey stood out from a pool of finalists who were all excellent candidates,” says Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “Not only is he a proven competitor who has a strong desire to win, but he brings deep and varied experience in intercollegiate athletics to the role. I am confident that Corey understands the contemporary issues in college athletics today, and I know he will be committed to winning on a number of levels: winning in athletic competition, winning with the student-athletic experience and winning in the classroom.”

He will serve as an outstanding leader for student-athletes, coaches and staff, and I know he will be a wonderful ambassador for Drury University athletics on campus, across the Ozarks, and on a national level.”

“Drury is fortunate to have found someone with Corey’s experience with the NCAA and dedication to Division II competition,” says Rita Baron, chair of the Board of Trustees. “He is committed to excellence on and off the field and he will be a passionate advocate for Drury athletics among our alumni and in the Springfield community.”

Bray and wife, Leslie, have two sons: Luke, 11, and Landry, 8. Bray and his family enjoy camping and spending time on area lakes. Bray enjoys mountain biking and personal fitness, as well as coaching his sons’ sports teams. The natural beauty of the Ozarks and the family-friendly nature of the Springfield community also attracted Bray to the role at Drury.

“Springfield is a great fit for our family,” he says. “We want to be long-term citizens of Springfield and truly get involved with and contribute to the community.”