Posted by Matt Sullivan on 1999-08-24Richard Flight, the former director of team operations for the Birmingham Barons and a graduate of Samford University, was named as assistant athletics director at Samford in an announcement Tuesday by director of athletics Bob Roller.
Flight returns to Samford after serving as Director of Promotions for the Class Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in the St. Louis Cardinals' farm system. Prior to his tenure with the Redbirds, Flight was director of team operations for four seasons with the Birmingham Barons.
"It's great being able to come back to the university," Flight said. "What's real exciting is the re-invigorating in the athletic department under Bob Roller. The future in the athletic department is bright and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."
A 1993 Samford graduate with a degree in business management, Flight worked as an athletic department facility manager at the university while also serving as men's basketball equipment manager from 1989-91.
Flight is married to the former Donna Kern, a 1992 Samford graduate, and they are the parents of a 15-month old daughter, Maegan.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.