MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University President Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., has appointed Brian Summers as CBU’s seventh Director of Athletics, effective June 30. Summers comes to CBU after a distinguished 13-year career at Lewis University, a fellow NCAA D-II Lasallian school in Romeoville, Ill.
“I am so pleased to welcome Brian Summers to the CBU family,” Smarrelli said. “Having served at our sister university, Lewis, in Chicago, Brian brings a deep awareness and respect for CBU’s Lasallian heritage and mission. Integrity and character are important to me, and I’m very impressed with his strengths on those attributes. His professional and operational skills and his commitment to improving the experience of our student athletes both on and off the field will help to position our athletic program for significant growth.”
“I’d like to thank President Smarrelli and the search committee for entrusting me with the Christian Brothers University Athletics Department,” Summers said. “I am honored to replace CBU icon Joe Nadicksbernd, and I look forward to working with the student athletes, coaches, staff and University community to develop the program into a model NCAA Division II athletics department. Also, I relish the ability to continue serving students in the Lasallian tradition.”
Since December 2010, Summers has been Associate Director of Athletics – Director of External Relations, and he served from 2005-2010 as Assistant Director of Athletics – Marketing/Promotions Coordinator.
In those roles at Lewis, Summers supervises 10 of the school’s 18 sports, oversees all athletics fundraising and directs the department’s marketing and promotions efforts.
He started the school’s first corporate sponsorship program, which has generated more than a half-million dollars since its inception, and he expanded the school’s Varsity Club tenfold.
Summers also helped build community support for the athletics department. He developed student fan reward programs and marketing and promotions programs that led to an 8.5 percent increase in game attendance, and he was the primary game management supervisor.
A strong supporter of the NCAA Division II Community Engagement goal, he created a nationally-recognized community engagement program, “Spread Your Wings.” In that program, Lewis’ teams compete for points in a variety of ways including academic success, attendance at campus events and community service. In all, the initiative helps generate more than 3,000 community service hours annually.
Prior to moving into marketing, promotions and fundraising, Summers spent four years as Assistant Sports Information Director at Lewis. He was the primary contact for eight sports, and he led the effort to launch a new athletics website with an industry-leading host.
Summers also serves as Commissioner of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association this year, an NCAA Division I men’s volleyball conference. He served two years as the chair of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Committee after spending two years as the Midwest representative to the committee, and he has served the last three years on the NCAA Division II Baseball Midwest Regional Committee.
Summers earned his Bachelor’s degree in English in 2000 at North Central College, where he also played baseball and golf. He earned his Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in finance at Lewis in 2005.
He and his wife, Tracy, have a daughter, Peyton, and their second child is due this summer.