Sports Lawyer Shareef Amer to lead CSUSB Athletics
Shareef Amer, an athletics administrator with more than 11 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, is Cal State San Bernardino’s new athletic director.
At CSUSB, he will oversee 10 programs: women’s teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track and field and volleyball, and men’s teams in baseball, basketball, soccer and golf. The men’s basketball team is coming off its most successful season ever, making an appearance in the NCAA Division II Final Four, and the women’s volleyball team won the NCAA Division II national championship in 2019. The Coyotes are perennial powers in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Amer comes to CSUSB after having served in an executive leadership capacity at California State University, Northridge. Amer joined CSUN in 2018 as the associate athletics director for compliance before being elevated to associate athletic director for administration and operations in February 2019. In that role, Amer oversaw the compliance services office, athletics facilities, events and game day operations, the athletics equipment room, and was responsible for strategic planning for the department. Additionally, Amer supervised the baseball, men’s soccer, softball, women’s indoor volleyball, women’s beach volleyball, women’s tennis programs.
Amer joined CSUN after spending nearly three years working within the Office of Athletic Compliance at the University of Southern California. Prior to USC, Amer worked in the compliance services office at the University of Michigan.
Amer earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. It was during his time at UT that Amer helped revive the school’s Sports and Entertainment and Law Society. After moderating the group’s first Sports Law Symposium – which included a panel discussion with a member of the NCAA Enforcement Staff, a prominent NFL agent, and the then-head coach of the University of Tennessee football team – Amer identified intercollegiate athletics administration as his preferred career path.