Richard Greene rejoins Auburn athletics staff


AUBURN, Ala. – Richard Greene has returned to Auburn athletics in the role of senior associate athletics director for administration, Auburn athletics director John Cohen announced Thursday. 

Greene, who served as Auburn's assistant athletics director for compliance from September, 2019, through August, 2022, will serve as the football sport administrator and will work with the football program in the areas of administration, legislative affairs and compliance. Greene will also serve as Auburn football's liaison to campus services.

"Richard is an outstanding addition to our executive team who brings a wealth of experience with him," Cohen said. "Richard is a thoughtful, creative and hard-working leader. His institutional and conference knowledge is an invaluable asset to Auburn as we navigate the future of college athletics."

Greene comes back to Auburn after serving as senior director of compliance and academics for the American Athletic Conference since September, 2022. At the AAC, he provided rules interpretive guidance to the member schools and helped plan the conference's annual academic symposium.

"First, I would like to thank John Cohen, Rich McGlynn and Hugh Freeze for giving me the opportunity to return to Auburn University and make a difference in the lives of these young athletes, coaches and staff," Greene said. "I would also like to give a special thanks to the people of the American Athletic Conference, especially Ellen Ferris, Karl Hicks and Michael Aresco, for their mentoring and support during this transition."

During his previous tenure at Auburn, Greene provided NCAA rules and interpretive guidance to the intercollegiate athletics program. He helped navigate complex eligibility situations involving international student-athletes and also served as the department's point person during the inception of name, image and likeness legislation.

From 2014-19, Greene worked at the University of Hawaii at Manoa as compliance coordinator and later director of compliance. He served compliance internships with the NCAA (2013-14) and Ohio State (2012-13).

A native of Dallas, Texas, he earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism and political science from Southern California, a master's degree in sport and exercise management from Ohio State and a law degree from Texas. Greene is a licensed attorney in the states of Alabama and Texas.