Brian Baptiste began serving as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation at La Salle University in August 2019. He leads a program that includes 25 varsity sports and over 500 student-athletes.
Mr. Baptiste joined La Salle after nearly seven years at Northwestern, where he served as Deputy Director of Athletics for Capital Projects and Operations since 2015. In that role, he was responsible for all capital projects for Athletics and Recreation and had oversight of athletic facilities, event management, equipment services, and recreation.
During his time at Northwestern, Mr. Baptiste oversaw unprecedented athletic facility upgrades, including the $270 million construction of the Ryan Fieldhouse, Wilson Field, and Walter Athletics Center. The project, which impacted 19 programs and more than 500 student-athletes, provided varsity sport programs, along with club and intramural sports, a state-of-the-art development center designed to enhance the student-athlete experience. He also served as sport administrator for the men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and women’s cross country programs.
Mr. Baptiste has served on the Big Ten Joint Group, Administrators Council, and Sport Management Committee, and was one of 25 senior-level administrators selected to participate in the 2017 NCAA Pathway Program. The program is a prestigious year-long experiential learning opportunity designed to assist senior-level administrators with taking the next step in their careers.
Previously, Mr. Baptiste spent nearly three years at the University of Delaware where he held the title of Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. He served as sport administrator for field hockey and softball, and completed programs in leadership development and management essentials.
A native of Cheverly, Md., Baptiste began his intercollegiate athletics career as an Assistant Director of Compliance at Georgetown University.
Baptiste is a graduate of Towson University. He earned his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland.