CLEVELAND - UMBC athletics director Tim Hall was appointed president of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (ADA), a professional organization composed of Division I athletics directors and administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Hall, who is entering his fifth year as the Retrievers' athletics director, will begin his one-year term as I-AAA ADA president in July. Hall's elevation to president, which was confirmed by a unanimous vote by all members in attendance at the 2017 NACDA Conference in Orlando, follows his one-year term as ADA 1st vice president in 2016-17.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure on the executive committee and leadership group of the I-AAA ADA and am thrilled to be chosen as its president for the upcoming year," said Hall. "There are so many critical issues that athletic directors face in today's climate and this group has always put the student-athlete in the center of its bulls-eye. I am anxious to get started guiding this committed group of leaders."
The Retriever mentor is a former member of the NACDA Division I-AAA Executive Committee and was recently named First Vice President of the ADA. He also serves on the NCAA volleyball rules committee.
Hall was selected as the chairman of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics for the fall of 2014. He served on the 15-member, multi-divisional committee since 2011 and had previously chaired the CWA/MOIC (Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee) Disability Subcommittee from 2012-14.
"Tim Hall's appointment as president of the I-AAA Athletic Director's Association is a recognition not only of his role as a leader in intercollegiate athletics, but also of the value he places on collaboration," says UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski. "I know he will work hard over the next year to advance initiatives critical to all of the association's institutions."
Under Hall's stewardship, UMBC has finished in the top half of the America East Conference Commissioner's Cup standings in all four of Hall's academic years in Baltimore. The Retrievers experienced unparalleled success in women's and men's soccer, and both teams won league titles in 2013 and the men's program made an improbable run to the 2014 College Cup (national semi-finals).
The men's and women's swimming and diving programs have each won three consecutive conference titles, while men's cross country (2013) and baseball (2017) have also earned America East titles. In a three-month period in 2016, Hall hired new head coaches in men's basketball and men's lacrosse and both new mentors authored outstanding initial campaigns. Ryan Odom's cagers earned the distinction of being the third-most improved team in the NCAA Division I and recorded 21 victories, including three in the College Insider Tournament. On the lacrosse field, Ryan Moran led his squad to its first America East Tournament appearance since 2014.
It was also announced in the spring of 2015 that the university would begin construction on a $90-million dollar events center, which would serve as the home for the basketball and volleyball programs and for the department of athletics. The facility is slated to open in the winter of 2017-18.
Hall takes over for Troy Austin, who served as President for 2016-17. In addition to Hall, the members of DI-AAA ADA selected three Officers for 2017-18. Serving as 1st Vice President will be Lynne Robinson, director of athletics at Mount St. Mary's University; Mary Ellen Gillespie, director of athletics at University of Hartford as the 2nd Vice President, and the 3rd Vice President for 2017-18 will be Carla Wilson, director of athletics at University of Missouri Kansas City. Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Director of Athletics, Scott Lazenby, will serve as Secretary, and Florida Gulf Coast University's Director of Athletics, Ken Kavanagh, will serve as the Association's Treasurer for 2017-18.
The DI AAA ADA Executive Committee for 2017-18 will consist of: Patrick Elliott, Binghamton University; Phil Hutcheson, Lipscomb University, Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's University; Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul University, Tamica Smith-Jones, University of California Riverside, Jeff Konya, Oakland University; John D'Argenio, Siena College; Steve Watson, Loyola University Chicago; Roderick Perry, IUPUI; Scott Leykam, University of Portland; Chris King, UTRGV; Kim Record, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Irma Garcia, St. Francis College; Robert Lineburg, Radford University; and Rich Ensor, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
About the Division I-AAA ADA
Entering its 17th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) was founded in 1965. The largest association of collegiate athletics administrators, NACDA boasts a membership of more than 12,500 individuals and more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Members include athletics directors, associate and assistant athletics directors, conference commissioners and affiliate individuals or corporations.