Chris Rogers was promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration on July 1, 2016 after previously serving as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance Services at the University of South Carolina beginning Feb. 7, 2012. He reports directly to the athletics director.
Rogers holds a broad range of responsibilities including serving as a member of the athletics department’s senior management team, serving as the primary sport administrator for women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s track & field, as well as the secondary sport administrator for women’s volleyball. He is heavily involved in oversight and management of several internal initiatives including the athletics strategic plan, student-athlete career success program, special projects and administrative process reviews.
Rogers is also involved with several on-campus committees and special projects including the President’s Athletic Community Advisory Committee and University Athletics Advisory Council.
In 2015, Rogers was named the winner of the Frank Kara Leadership Award by the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC). The Frank Kara Leadership Award is NAAC’s premier award, and the highest honor that may be bestowed upon compliance professionals. This award is named in honor of former University of Minnesota Director of Compliance, Frank Kara, who was a leader in the compliance field and best known for hosting the inaugural NAAC Convention in 2006. Recipients display exceptional leadership and unique vision for compliance initiatives, as well as demonstrating a commitment to furthering the compliance profession through being instrumental in the revitalization of NAAC.
Prior to his arrival in Columbia, Rogers worked at The Ohio State University beginning in November 2007. At Ohio State, he served as a member of the senior leadership team and the primary compliance contact for football, men’s and women’s cross country/track & field, men’s and women’s gymnastics, wrestling and women’s soccer.
Prior to Ohio State, Rogers served as the assistant athletics director for compliance at the University of Utah. During his time at Utah, Rogers served on the senior management team for the athletics department, while coordinating all aspects of the athletic department’s compliance program that served 18 Division I sports. Rogers also taught a class as an adjunct professor in the sport management program related to NCAA governance and legislation.
Prior to working at the University of Utah, Rogers worked in the compliance office at the University of Minnesota. Rogers served as the assistant director of compliance (interim), as well as a compliance intern for two years. During this time, he also helped to launch the Minnesota cross country camp, and was the camp’s director for two and a half years. He has also gained experience as the team administrator for the San Diego Spirit of the Women’s United Soccer Association (women’s professional soccer), as well as working in the event management/operations department for the United States Olympic Committee at its training center in Chula Vista, Calif.
A native of Moorhead, Minn., Rogers participated in cross country and track at the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate, where he earned both his bachelor’s (1999) and master’s (2000) degrees. He later received his juris doctorate from Hamline University School of Law (2005). Rogers and his wife, Nicolle, have two children, Lucas and Tessa.