Keith Embray is in his first year as associate director for student welfare and development, having been promoted to that post in November 2011 after one year as manager of student welfare and development. Prior to joining Notre Dame in 2010, Embray spent the previous four years as the program coordinator for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and as an adjunct professor of sociology at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In his current role, Embray provides assistance in the total development of Notre Dame's student-athletes. The office of Student Welfare and Development fosters the cultivation of skills that prepare student-athletes for life beyond college and athletics, as well as providing resources to succeed academically, athletically and personally at Notre Dame.
Embray specifically assists in the development, coordination, and implementation of programming for student-athletes in the following key areas: Academic Excellence, Athletic Success, Personal Development, Community Involvement, and Career Preparation. In addition, he is responsible for the creation and implementation of a comprehensive four-year career development plan for student-athletes, working in conjunction with various offices on campus, which include the Career Center, the Monogram Club and the Alumni Association. Embray also serves as the sport administrator for the Fighting Irish rowing program.
Embray is a graduate of the University of Utah where he earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in sociology. He also received an MBA from Westminster College in December of 2009.
While at Utah, Embray was a member of the Utes' football team, and he was elected as a team captain in his senior season and was voted the team's defensive MVP that same year. Embray also was a two-time All-Western Athletic conference and all-academic selection as a defensive lineman. He went on to play seven years of professional football in the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League and National Football League.
Originally hailing from San Diego, Calif., Embray currently resides in South Bend, Ind. and enjoys movies and music.