BALTIMORE – Tim Hall, UMBC's Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, has signed a contract extension through the 2021-22 academic year, it was announced today by Dr. Nancy Young, UMBC's Vice President for Student Affairs.
Hall succeeded Dr. Charles Brown and began his tenure at UMBC in the summer of 2013.
"Tim has not only developed our exciting new Event Center, his relationships within the America East and his strong national reputation were instrumental in recruiting two equally exciting coaches in men's basketball and men's lacrosse," Dr. Young said. "Under his leadership, our program has become even more competitive while also maintaining focus on athlete's academic success and promoting campus wide recreation and wellness programs.
"The future of Retriever athletics has never been brighter, so this was an important time for continuity and strong, stable leadership. I'm proud of all that Tim and his staff have accomplished."
Since the spring of 2015, Hall has presided over the construction of the $85-million dollar UMBC Event Center, which will 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.
This past summer, 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'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.
The Retriever leader made two significant job appointments in the spring of 2016, tabbing Ryan Odom as head men's basketball coach in April and Ryan Moran as head men's lacrosse coach in June. Odom led the program to a 13-win improvement, the nation's third best during the 2016-17 season, and the Retrievers reached the semi-finals of the College Insider Tournament. Moran mentored his program to a No. 2 seed in the America East Tournament, ending a two-year absence of the Retrievers from post-season play.
Moreover, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams both won their third consecutive league titles in the spring of 2017, and the baseball team captured its first-ever America East crown and competed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.
"It is certainly an exciting time for Retriever Nation," said Hall. "We have enjoyed tremendous competitive success in many of our programs and the best is yet to come in others. I am also proud of how our student-athletes are performing in our classrooms and how our coaches and staff are preparing them for life after UMBC.
"The move to the Event Center has the entire department, campus and community energized. We can't wait to see how the next chapter in our athletic program's history unfolds."
In his first year at UMBC in 2013-14, the Retrievers placed third in the America East Conference Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup race. UMBC's three championships, recorded in men's soccer, women's soccer and men's cross country, fell one shy of its best showing in championships won in a single year.
A year later, the Retriever men's soccer program made school and America East history by reaching the College Cup (national semi-finals) in Cary, N.C. Both swimming and diving programs captured their first of three consecutive league crowns and UMBC reprised its third-place finish in the Commissioner's Cup race.
Hall was selected as the chairperson 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.
Hall has direct responsibility for the UMBC's NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletics program, all campus recreational programs (intramurals, club sports, recreational activities) and the Physical Education program. His primary responsibility will be to encourage and support the total development of all students and student-athletes at UMBC through the competitive, recreational, and educational sports programs and activities sponsored by the university.
"Since taking the position in 2013, Tim has elevated the UMBC athletics brand," Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, UMBC President said. "He has distinguished himself as an integral member of the community and I look forward to seeing how he continues to grow our athletics program in the coming years."