During his first stint at Baylor, from 1998 to 2002, Byrd was supervisor of the Neill Morris Learning Center. His duties included supervision of the athletic study hall and coordinating the tutoring programs. Byrd also handled academic counseling for Men's Basketball and managed the student-athlete bookstore.
In July of 2006, Baylor hired Byrd to serve as assistant athletic director for student-athlete services. Byrd returned to Baylor after nearly four years at the University of Arkansas, where he served as an academic coordinator in the Razorback's athletic department. At Arkansas he handled academic advising for football and oversaw the advisement of all other men's sports programs. He also oversaw all NCAA and Southeastern Conference requirements regarding eligibility.
In his capacity Byrd is charged with oversight of academic services program for student-athletes. He also serves as the academic advisor for Men's Basketball and Softball.
Under Byrd and his staff, Baylor has continued to build on their academic success. Currently 16 of Baylor's 19 teams have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. For three straight years, the cumulative GPA for the entire student-athlete population has been above a 3.0.
Byrd is an active member of the National Association of Academic Advisers for Athletics. In the summer of 2011 he was elected as President-elect for N4A. He will serve as the President of N4A during the 2012-13 school year. He also is responsible for directing the finance committee and is on the executive board for N4A. He is a certified APR consultant and Program certifier for the NCAA/N4A.
Byrd coached high school baseball and football at both Waco High School and Trinity (Texas) High School. He earned a master's degree from Henderson State University in 1994. He is married to Kelly Whitehouse Byrd and they have one daughter, Margaret.