UMBC Athletics continues to strive for that 'Grit and Greatness' that the university is well-known for.
Department staff members Jessica Hammond-Graf and Abbie Day are prime examples of how the grit creates the greatness.
Hammond-Graf has not only been promoted to Deputy Athletics Director while retaining her position as Senior Woman Administrator, but recently received UMBC's Jakubik Family Endowment Staff Award. This award was established to recognize staff contributions toward the success of UMBC students. Examples of Hammond-Graf's outstanding contributions are in areas such as innovative advisement, student academic services, and mentoring undergraduate students.
Day, the department's Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services, has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country Committee. Her term of service on the committee will begin September 01, 2019 and continue through August 31, 2023.
"We have a great staff in the Athletics, Recreation and Physical Education department and I am excited to continue working with everyone in this new capacity," Hammond-Graf said with regards to the promotion. " I appreciate the trust (Athletics Director) Tim (Hall) has placed in me to serve as the Deputy Athletic Director. This responsibility is not taken lightly and I will continue to work hard for the best interest of our student-athletes."
Hammond- Graf, who formerly served as Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Services, has been a member of the UMBC Athletics Staff since 2003. She came to UMBC from LSU, where she served as the academic advisor in the College of Education. Prior to LSU, she spent close to three years at Tulane University as the senior academic counselor and primary counselor for women's basketball, upperclassmen on the football team, men's and women's track and field, golf and tennis.
Day, who has served as the overseer of the Academic Center for Student-Athletes, has been a member of the UMBC Athletic staff since July of 2015. She as increased the department GPA to all time best of 3.10 GPA , and is the advisor for Men's Basketball, Softball and Women's Soccer. Day previously spent five years as the coordinator of student-athlete support services at Loyola University (Md.), working with the men's soccer, men's golf, men's and women's crew, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis and women's track and field student-athletes.
"I'm thankful to be given the opportunity to serve on the NCAA track & field and cross country committee and am looking forward to this new opportunity," Day said. " I feel lucky to work at UMBC with supportive colleagues and with Tim and Jessica who truly value and mentor their staff."