June 17, 2011
Dr. Charles Brown Promoted to Associate Vice President; Athletics to Become Part of Division of Student Affairs
UMBC’s Dr. Charles Brown has been promoted to Associate
Vice President & Director of Athletics, Physical Education and
Recreation, President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski announced on Friday,
June 17. Dr. Brown will begin his
22nd year at the helm of the Retrievers this
“We are all very proud of Dr. Brown's stellar career as
Director of Athletics over the past two decades,” Dr.
Hrabowski said. “He has led the program with both
enthusiasm and integrity, and, most importantly, our
student-athletes are succeeding athletically and
Moreover, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and
Recreation will become part of the Division of Student
Affairs, led by Vice President Dr. Nancy Young. Dr. Young has been
a long-time supporter of the program, establishing an endowment in
her father’s name in support of the men’s soccer
program, attending basketball games as a season-ticket holder and
presenting UMBC’s Outstanding Senior Athlete award on a
yearly basis. She has served on several athletics-related
committees, and spearheaded UMBC’s successful third phase of
NCAA certification in the spring of 2010.
The department had reported to the Office of the Provost since
the spring of 2003.
According to Dr. Hrabowski, “This change reflects the
increasingly vital role of athletics in the life of the University,
from NCAA Division-I competition and the school spirit our teams
inspire, to our recreation/club sports and intramurals. Dr.
Young and Dr. Brown share a strong commitment to supporting
students. They understand both the benefits students realize,
and the challenges they face, as they pursue their goals in the
classroom and on the field.”
Dawg Bytes on Dr. Charles
Brown and UMBC Athletics (1988-present)
- Dr. Brown is the longest-tenured director of athletics at the
NCAA Division I level in the state of Maryland.
- UMBC has won the most Commissioner’s Cups (6, 1992,
1999-2003) of any Division I program in the state and has finished
in third place in the America East Commissioner’s Cup race in
two of the past four years.
- In the past 11 years, Retriever teams have won 52 league titles
and made 31 appearances in NCAA Championship competition.
- In the past 12 years, 32 student-athletes have earned Academic
All-American honors and the student-athlete graduate rate is 10
percent higher than the university rate.
- Facilities for each varsity sport and recreational facilities
have been added or substantially enhanced over the past two
decades. After adding the outdoor pool in 1996, the campus has the
finest indoor-outdoor aquatic complex in the region. The
Retriever Activities Center came online in 1999 and chair-back
seating was installed at the RAC Arena. Lights have been added to
UMBC Stadium, The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC, the tennis
complex and UMBC Soccer Stadium and major field and locker room
renovations have taken place at every outdoor site.
- UMBC has hosted NCAA Championship competition in men’s
basketball, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse and
welcomes state high school championship tournaments in five sports
on a yearly basis.
- Starting from scratch in the 1990’s, Dr. Brown developed
a club sport program which has evolved into a 25-sport, 750-student
program today. UMBC currently has nationally-ranked programs in ice
hockey, women’s volleyball, cricket and wrestling.
- Dramatic increases in the department’s entrepreneurial
efforts have been implemented to support UMBC’s
student-athletes. UMBC Athletics received $5,403 in gifts in the
first year of Dr. Brown's tenure. In contrast, over the last
several years, UMBC Athletics has brought in an average of 1.25
million dollars per year via fund raising, corporate sponsorships
and other entrepreneurial efforts.
- In the area of community service, UMBC student-athletes
currently donate more than 1,000 hours of time per year to mentor
local elementary and middle school students. The program was
recognized by The NCAA News as one of the finest
in the country.
- Dr. Brown has increased the full-time faculty and staff of the
athletic department from 23 full-time employees at his arrival to
63 currently. There were only 13 full-time coaches (nine head, four
assistant) upon Dr. Brown's arrival; now there are 32 (14 head, 18
assistant) to ensure the Retrievers' success on and off the playing
fields. New positions have been created in Marketing and
Promotions, Fund Raising, Facilities & Operations, Business
Administration, Community Service, Strength and Conditioning,
Athletic Communications, Sports Medicine and Academic Services. He
also initiated the UMBC Dance Team, the Down and Dirty Dawg Band,
the newly-reinstated cheerleading squad and was the prime mover in
the creation of the alma mater.
- Dr. Brown has served two terms as president of the Maryland
Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and served a term
on the NCAA Division-I Championships/Competition Cabinet, where he
influenced other directors to increase student-athlete
participation in NCAA Championship competition. He is the outgoing
president of the America East Conference Athletic Directors.