Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown Signs Contract Extension to Remain a Retriever Through 2010-11
UMBC Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown has signed a three-year contract extension, which will run through the 2010-2011 academic year. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native will begin his 19th year at UMBC this September, and is the longest-tenured AD in the state of
UMBC President Dr. Freeman Hrabwoski said, "From NCAA tournament appearances to national academic awards, UMBC's student-athletes excel on the playing field and in the classroom. We are delighted that Dr. Brown will continue building UMBC's athletic programs, which are such an exciting part of our campus community."
Dr. Brown has championed UMBC Athletics' enhanced profile by positioning the Retrievers within appropriate levels of competition. One of his first tasks was to move UMBC into a Division-I conference, which he completed in 1989-89, his first year with the university, as the Retrievers joined the East Coast Conference. UMBC won the league's President's Cup in its second conference season, but the league folded shortly thereafter. Dr. Brown was able to move UMBC into the Big South Conference the following year (1992) and successfully positioned UMBC into a much better geographic fit when the Retrievers joined the Northeast Conference in 1998. He also helped to initiate the ECAC (Men's) Lacrosse League in 1999, and most recently, Dr. Brown engineered UMBC Athletics' move to a strong and improving mid-major conference, the America East Conference in 2003.
Over the past decade, Retriever teams have won 42 league championships and made 27 appearances in NCAA Championship competition. In all five years of league play in the NEC, UMBC was awarded the Commissioner's Cup, symbolic of the conference's top overall program. In 2002, UMBC produced its first national champion, as Cleopatra Borel won the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
UMBC has adjusted well to life in the America East Conference with back-to-back fourth place finishes in the conference’s Commissioner’s Cup race. The athletic department just experienced its most celebrated three-month period in school history with the school’s first-ever women’s basketball conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance, a sweep of the America East swimming and diving championships, a conference title and NCAA appearance by men’s tennis and an NCAA Tournament win over Maryland by the men’s lacrosse team.
The program finished the 2006-07 year ranked 140th (top half) amongst all NCAA Division-I programs in the
UMBC's student-athletes have excelled in the classroom, as well as the playing fields. In the last nine years, 28 student-athletes have earned Academic All-America status, and more than 54% of Retriever student-athletes are earning 3.0 or higher grade-point averages. Moreover, UMBC’s student-athletes graduate at a rate which is more than 10 percent higher than the university rate and the Retrievers’ NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR) are also considerably above the national averages.
Dr. Brown has increased the full-time faculty and staff of the athletic department from 23 full-time employees at his arrival to 70 currently. There were only 13 full-time coaches (nine head, four assistant) upon Dr. Brown's arrival; now there are 36 (14 head, 22 assistant) to ensure the Retrievers' success on and off the playing fields. New positions were 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 and the newly-reinstated cheerleading squad.
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.
Starting from scratch in the 1990’s, Dr. Brown developed a club sport program which has evolved into a 24-sport, 750-student program today.
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, and coaches make hundreds of appearances in the community throughout the year. The program was recognized by The NCAA News as one of the finest in the country. Most recently, the Retrievers teamed with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to raise funds to purchase a MyTobii eye-controlled communication system for the use of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland program participants.
Dr. Brown has improved the visibility of UMBC in many ways. In the spring of 1995, he made a bold move as he brought the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships to the Baltimore Arena. Sellout crowds put
He has spearheaded the university's rapid enhancement of athletic and recreational facilities during his tenure. Lights were added to UMBC Stadium in 1992, and the region's finest outdoor aquatic complex was unveiled in the summer of 1996. Just a few months later, UMBC added a national-class track and field complex and replaced its main stadium field with an all-weather artificial surface. In the fall of 1999, the department moved into the
Dr. Brown's impact has been felt beyond The Loop as well. He 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. Dr. Brown is also currently on the board of the
He is the fourth person to hold the position of athletic director on a permanent basis in the 41-year history of UMBC. W. Richard Mentzer served from 1966-68, followed by E. Richard Watts, Jr., who directed the program from 1968-1985. Rick Hartzell led UMBC into Division I athletics in the fall of 1985, prior to Dr. Brown’s arrival in June of 1989.
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