May 6, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Beth Rex, the fifth-year director of football administration at the University of Notre Dame, was recently awarded the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Rex began her career in sports administration as a graduate assistant at EKU where she earned a master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration.
Rex served as the assistant to current Irish head football coach Brian Kelly at Cincinnati and that continues to be part of her duties at Notre Dame. She serves as the primary contact person in all matters for Kelly. Rex coordinates Kelly's schedule, is responsible for all football staff and office operations, and assists in event planning.
Rex has been a driving force behind the very successful Football 101 initiative that benefits Kelly Cares Foundation and introduces women over the age of 21 to the game of football. She also has organized the Notre Dame Football Awards Show each of the last four seasons that replaced the year-end celebratory banquet. Rex also debuted the ECHOES in 2012 - a new format to the football awards show.
Rex has worked in athletics for 16 years, primarily as an athletics trainer. She served as an athletics trainer at Cincinnati from 2001-08 and worked with the football, baseball, women's basketball, men's soccer, tennis, men's and women's golf, cheerleading and dance teams. Among her various duties, Rex managed the administrative responsibilities of the athletics training room, oversaw the budget, handled all purchases and inventory and processed all medical claims for Cincinnati's student-athletes.
Rex also served as an adjunct professor at Cincinnati from 2006-08 and taught medical terminology, sports administration and athletics training.
Prior to Cincinnati, Rex was an assistant athletics trainer at the University of Memphis for two years (1999-2001) and one year at the College of Wooster (1998-99). She worked with the baseball, women's basketball and men's soccer teams at Memphis and at Wooster she managed the athletic training duties for 21 varsity sports. While living in Memphis, she assisted the Memphis Maniax of the Xtreme Football League in the spring of 2001.
From 1997-98, Rex worked at the National Athletic Trainers Association in Dallas where she was a continuing education assistant.
Rex graduated in 1996 from Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in education.
A native of Tiffin, Ohio, Rex is married to Byron Rex and the couple resides in Granger.