Senior Trainer, Huddle Up
Brandi Stuart began her tenure as Texas Tech’s new Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator on Feb. 16, 2021, after being named to the position by Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt.
Stuart arrives in Lubbock following five-plus years in leadership roles at UCF. She joined the Knights in September 2015 as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Welfare and Development before being promoted to Executive Associate Athletics Director in 2018 and then Deputy Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success in November 2020.
“Brandi Stuart has established herself as one of the top administrators in the country, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome her and her family to Texas Tech,” Hocutt said. “Brandi was an elite softball student-athlete herself and has since taken that same passion to developing future student-athletes throughout her career. She will be a tremendous addition to our athletics department.”
Stuart will serve as the Senior Woman Administrator at Texas Tech, which is similar to her role at UCF. Additionally, she will also supervise Texas Tech’s sport administrator program as well as its Title IX and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion education and initiatives.
“I’m so excited and honored to be joining the Texas Tech family,” Stuart said. “In this business, who you work for and work with is as important as anything else that you do. The opportunity to work with Kirby and the senior staff at Tech was one that I couldn’t turn down. I have been so impressed with the coaches, staff and administrators that I’ve met and all that they have been able to accomplish for their student-athletes. I’m looking forward to contributing to the future success of Red Raider Nation!”
Stuart was a member of UCF’s senior staff throughout her tenure in Orlando as she had direct oversight of the following areas: Student-Athlete Welfare and Development, Academic Services for Student-Athletes, Sports Medicine, Sports Performance, Nutrition, and Counseling Services. She was the campus liaison for all student conduct and Title IX issues and was the sport administrator for soccer, women’s basketball and softball.
In addition to her campus duties, Stuart was a prominent voice at the conference and NCAA levels as the American Athletic Conference SWA Chair and the chair of the NCAA Softball Committee from 2018-20. In her role as part of the NCAA Softball Committee, Stuart was responsible for leading the selection, seeding and bracketing of the NCAA Softball Championship. It was her second stint on the NCAA Softball Committee after previously serving a two-year term while at Florida State.
Stuart has more than 15 years of experience in athletics administration overall with two previous stints at Florida State, her alma mater, where she was an All-American infielder for the Seminoles from 2000-03. Stuart remains one of the Seminoles’ all-time leaders in nearly every offensive and fielding category as she was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
Stuart served as Associate Athletics Director for Student Services at Florida State from 2008-12 where she managed student-athlete development and educational programing for new student-athlete orientation, the Peers Helping Athletes Transition program, the all-sports banquet, exit interviews, alcohol, drug and violence prevention educational programs, leadership curriculum and other initiatives. She was also the sport administrator for women’s soccer, volleyball and sand volleyball and twice stepped in as the interim Senior Woman Administrator.
Stuart returned to Florida State for her first stint as an assistant director of student services after beginning her professional career as an assistant director of championships with the Atlantic Coast Conference and then as the Director of Life Skills and Community Outreach at the University of Alabama.
In between her time at Florida State and UCF, Stuart served as Assistant Commissioner of the Southern Section for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). In that role, she was responsible for providing educational services to administrators, coaches and student-athletes with regard to transfer eligibility, compliance with NFHS and CIF bylaws, continuing education and management of administrative and coaching committees. She also oversaw the execution of championship events with the CIF.
Stuart joined the CIF in 2012 as a senior director where she delivered presentations to key stakeholders on Title IX issues, organized and executed championship events and served as the staff liaison to the CIF Policies and Procedures Committee. She was also named a member of the NFHS softball rules committee during that time.
For the past 10-plus years, Stuart has been a consultant and facilitator for the Institute for Sport and Social Justice and the Huddle Up (violence prevention) program. She serves as a senior lead trainer for program delivery, working with intercollegiate athletics departments as well as NBA and MLB teams and various branches of the military.
Stuart earned her undergraduate degree in communications studies from Florida State in 2003 and later her master’s in sports administration in 2005.