LEXINGTON, Va. – VMI Athletics employees Tyler Howard and Samuel Rice have been promoted within the equipment services department announced Wednesday afternoon by VMI Director of Athletics Dr. Dave Diles.
Howard will serve as Director of Athletic Equipment Services while Rice has been promoted to the Assistant Director of Athletic Equipment Services.
Howard enters his first season as the Director of Athletic Equipment Services at VMI following his promotion. This past 2018-19 season he served as the assistant director of athletic equipment services.
He came to the Institute by way of Bowling Green State University where he served as an equipment staff intern at Doyt Perry Stadium for the 2017-18 athletics season. In this role he assisted the head equipment manager in daily operations including the cleaning and repair of uniforms for football, softball, soccer, cross country and track and field. On top of football duties for both home and away games, he assisted the Stroh Center equipment manager with men’s and women’s basketball games and practices.
A native of Circleville, Ohio, Howard graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in sport management from Ohio University in 2017.
Rice enters his first season as VMI’s Assistant Director of Athletics Equipment Services following his hire in July of 2019.
He came to the Institute by way of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he served as an assistant equipment manager and interim head equipment manager. In this role he was responsible for ordering equipment and supplies and the reconditioning of equipment for the football team while maintaining inventory of all apparel for the football, basketball and softball teams.
Prior to his role at Weber State, Rice served as the head equipment manager for the Saginaw Spirit hockey team, a major junior hockey team in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.
His career began as an equipment intern for the football team at the University of Utah where he assisted with the inventory, organization and maintenance of all team equipment and apparel. He coordinated Under Armour apparel for players and staff, supervised student managers and volunteers and helped pack bags and game trunks for all home and road games.
Rice graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with a bachelor of science in mass communication.