BALTIMORE - Tim Hall has resigned as director of athletics at UMBC to accept a similar position at the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He will begin his duties at SIUE on August 5.
"While Beth, the kids and I are excited to begin this new journey, we are also sad to be leaving UMBC and Baltimore," Hall said. "So many people have been so good to us over the last six years; it is difficult to express how grateful we have been for this wonderful experience.
"I am so proud of what #RetrieverNation has been able to achieve over the past six years in every aspect of our program. I want to thank Dr. Hrabowski and Dr. Young for giving me this opportunity and the athletics department staff for always keeping the welfare of our student-athletes as their primary mission."
Hall just completed his sixth academic year at UMBC, one which saw the Retrievers tie a school record by capturing four America East Conference championships.
In his second year at the helm, the Youngstown, Ohio native presided as the men's soccer team advanced to the 2014 College Cup (national semi-finals). In the spring of 2016, Hall hired Ryan Odom to lead the men's basketball program and, two seasons later, the program shocked the world by capturing an America East Conference title and becoming the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed at the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships. UMBC routed eventual 2019 national champion Virginia, 74-54, and Odom's program has set a school record with three consecutive 20-win seasons.
In addition to the success of the men's basketball and men's soccer programs, the women's soccer, softball and men's lacrosse squads have captured league championships under Hall's watch. Moreover, the men's and women's swimming and diving programs have continued their remarkable success, earning multiple Coastal Collegiate and America East titles over the past six years.
Hall led the move of the athletics program from the Retriever Activities Center to the $85 million UMBC Event Center in February of 2018.
He has also presided over the department's tremendous academic success. The athletic department's 2018-2019 GPA was 3.09, which is just shy of 2017-2018's record-high GPA of 3.10. Ten of 17 programs produced GPAs of 3.00 or higher this past year.
"Tim has played a central role in some historic UMBC moments," says UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski. "We are grateful for his many contributions to the UMBC community, and wish him and his family all the best in his new role."
In the summer of 2017, 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).
SIUE is also a Division I-AAA institution and sponsors 16 sports, eight for women and eight on the men's side. The Cougars are members of the Ohio Valley Conference.
UMBC will launch a national search to identify the next director of athletics.
-- UMBC Athletics press release
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