Guest Speaker: Chris Pezman
Chris Pezman is home, as the Houston Football letterman and former captain returned to his alma mater on Dec. 11, 2017 as the program's 11th athletics director. His tenure as Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics has seen continued success in the classroom, in competition and in the community. The Cougars have won 16 conference championships over the last three years, leading the American Athletic during that time span.
Despite the obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic, under Pezman's watch the Cougars won four American Athletic Conferences titles - Men's Basketball, Outdoor Men's Track, Outdoor Women's Track and Swimming and Diving. Men's Basketball led the way with the program's sixth Final Four appearance in school history. For the first time in school history, all 17 programs earned team GPAs of 3.0 or better in back-to-back semester.
Well known throughout the city of Houston from his decade tenure with NRG Park, Pezman lettered three seasons for the Cougars (90-92) and served as the team's captain during the 1992 campaign. The Laguna Beach, Calif., native finished with 51 tackles over his final three years and was a standout on special teams.
Pezman quickly rose up the ranks during his time with SMG-NRG Park. He began as Assistant Director of Operations and was promoted to Director of Outside Operations in 2003, where he maintained oversight of the Parking and Traffic Control, 24-Hour Security, and the site's grounds. In 2005 he became the Director of Operations, maintaining several of his previous responsibilities while absorbing Changeovers/Set-ups, Housekeeping and Grounds Crew.
Pezman remained involved with his alma mater following his graduation and earned his masters degree from UH in 1995. He first served as a graduate assistant coach (1993-94) while earning his postgraduate degree and then served as an assistant to the director of athletics for two years. Pezman was elevated to Assistant Athletics Director for Operations, where he was involved with facility scheduling, facility oversight and summer camps before taking on his role with NRG Park and SMG Management.
In addition to playing with 1989 Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware, Pezman helped lead UH to a 10-1 record in 1990 and won the team's Wilson Whitley "Fighting Heart" Award as a captain in 1992.
The two-time Southwest Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member earned his undergraduate degree in economics and completed course work for his masters in hotel and restaurant management.
Pezman is married to the former Marisol Guillamondegui and the couple has three children: Seth, Sydney and Sara.