(CBS 4 Sports) Brian Michael Cooper, former President of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, has joined the new XFL franchise in Houston as its president. The hiring was first reported by FOX 26 Sports Director Mark Berman on Twitter. Cooper is expected to be introduced later this week when the franchise announced its first head coach, expected to be June Jones.
Cooper was hired as the Viper’s President in September of 2008, shortly before the start of the team’s second season. During Cooper’s tenure, The Vipers entered into the first every “Hybrid Affiliation” with the Houston Rockets and in the process becoming the first NBA Development League franchise to have a single affiliation partner with an NBA club. The agreement allowed for the franchise to remain under local ownership, but with basketball operations expenses and decisions made by the parent NBA club.
Cooper left the Vipers in 2010 after his second season with the club just months after the franchise’s first championship win. Cooper has also worked in the athletic department at Rice University as a Senior Associate Athletic Director and also spent time as the Director of Sports Programming at Dish Network.
Cooper holds a law degree from Columbia University and is a member of the State Bar of Texas and New York State Bar Association.