Chris Pezman is coming home, as the Houston Football letterman and former captain has been named Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Houston.
The 1992 Houston Football team captain arrived in Houston after spending just under four years as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Facilities, Operations & Event Management, and Capital Projects/Chief Operating Officer at the University of California – Berkeley.
Prior to joining Cal, Pezman served as Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations at Houston for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, with his primary responsibilities including the organization and management of all business aspects for the football program.
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 Sarah.