Towson State, which heads into a new conference this summer, has a new athletic director to lead it there.
Wayne Edwards, who has spent the past eight years as the athletic director at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was named yesterday to succeed the retiring Billy Hunter.
"I'm very impressed, and have been for a long time, with the quality of academic and athletic commitment that is demonstrated here at Towson State," Edwards said. "I don't think a new athletic director could be coming in at a better time."
Edwards, 50, joins Towson State as it is preparing to leave the Big South Conference and join the North Atlantic, which increases from eight to 10 members in July. Edwards' familiarity with the North Atlantic was one factor that influenced the NTC school's 15-member search committee to recommend him.
UMass-Lowell has a 22-sport program of primarily Division II status. The school's Division I hockey team competes in the Hockey East Association, which includes four schools from the North Atlantic.
Edwards also is the vice president of the ECAC Intercollegiate Football Conference, a league of about 25 non-scholarship Division I and II schools. Towson State is joining the league this year as a Division I-AA member.
"The further we got along in the [selection] process, the more things leaped out at us," said Chuck Maloy, who chaired the search committee. "With his depth of experience at both private and public institutions as he has moved up the ladder, he has truly prepared himself for this position. He's planned for it all his academic career."
Edwards came to UMass-Lowell after serving for three years as an associate athletic director at Yale. A 1966 graduate of Wake Forest, he served from 1977 to 1984 as the director of recreational services at East Carolina before going to Yale.
During Edwards' tenure at UMass-Lowell, the school sent 11 teams and individuals to NCAA tournaments and championships.
"We're in a great conference that has great leadership," said Edwards, who officially takes over in late May. "I expect us to compete for lots of NAC championships right away."