Brian Mann Welcome Letter


Dear Friend of Cal Athletics:

It is with great enthusiasm that I write to you as I begin my tenure as Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Development Officer for Cal Athletics. The opportunity to join the Cal family and impact the experience of some of the best and brightest student-athletes in the country is incredibly exciting. I cannot wait to get started!

As I explored this role and met with folks connected to Cal Athletics, it quickly became apparent that this is a terrific time in the history of the department, and that I would be lucky to join the effort. Cal holds a unique place in the college athletics landscape in that we can compete for national championships in every sport and, at the same time, provide a world-class education for our student-athletes. Very few institutions can make that claim, and it is that balance of sport and study that brings me to Berkeley.

My path to this role began in New England where I was born and raised. The fourth of five kids, athletics were a huge part of our family as we all played multiple sports and competed in everything we did. Sports were always second, however, as the importance of a well-rounded education, and the more fulfilling life that can come from it, was always front and center. The chance to play a sport was not a right but, rather, a privilege that had to be earned through my performance in the classroom. That philosophy brought me to Dartmouth College where I was a quarterback on the football team. It stayed with me as I chased a dream and spent four years in the Arena Football League as a member of the Los Angeles Avengers, and it continued as I tried to find my professional path after my playing career was over.

It was not until I chose to work in college athletics that I found my true passion and felt the kind of purpose that permeated my experience as a student-athlete. And throughout the last decade, a time that included stops back at Dartmouth and at Rice University, I have come to realize that helping young people build a better version of themselves through the combination of Division I athletics and a world-class education is how I want to spend my career.

I look forward to meeting all of you, to working alongside terrific coaches and staff, and to doing all I can to help our student-athletes succeed. It won’t be easy, and we have a long road ahead of us, but I am ready for the challenge and look forward to being a member of the Cal family for many years to come.

Please say hello at a game or event and let me know what we can do to help move Cal forward.

Go Bears!