New AD Tim Hall 'embodies the very values' UMBC was looking for in search

UMBC's basketball player Chase Plummer and volleyball player Emily Witsaman present new athletic director Tim Hall with a Retriever cap and jersey.
UMBC's basketball player Chase Plummer and volleyball player Emily Witsaman present new athletic director Tim Hall with a Retriever cap and jersey. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun)

When the search committee at UMBC was formed to find the school's next athletic director, the group created a detailed job description in a bid to find the ideal candidate.

It was a demanding list. And it was one that had UMBC's Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Nancy Young, wondering if all the traits could be found in one individual.


At Tuesday's news conference, when UMBC announced the appointment of Tim Hall as its Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation effective July 8, 2013, the consensus from the school was it found that person.

Hall, who had the same position at the University of Missouri-Kansas City since February 2007, replaces Dr. Charles Brown, who retired after a 24-year tenure.

"You begin thinking, would I rather have a strong administrator or a strong fundraiser or a strong person to work with coaches? And I said if I had to give one up, what would it be?'" Young said in front of media, faculty, staff, student athletes and supporters in attendance. "When I met Tim Hall, I knew I didn't have to think about that any more. It was truly amazing to me that he had all the characteristics we were looking for that embodies the very values and the culture that we already so love and want to preserve as we go into this next chapter."

Hall takes over a strong foundation in place left behind by Brown. UMBC has won America East Conference titles in seven different sports over 10 seasons and the 19-sport program matched its best-ever finish by placing third in the race for the conference's Stuart P. Haskell Commissioner's Cup this past school year. In 2015, it will break ground on the UMBC Events Center, which will include a new arena.

"It's a great opportunity," Hall said. "As I mentioned during the interview process and again today, I really look at UMBC as an institution athletically that is under the radar and I don't see any reason why we can't be one of the best comprehensive Division I programs that doesn't sponsor football in the country. It's a great academic institution, the ability to build on facilities that are already here and there's an unbelievable recruiting ground for really all sports, so I think with the work of a lot of good people we're going to be able to get special things done."

Hall earned a bachelor's degree is sports administration at Toledo in 1994 before receiving his master's degree from Kent State in 1998. Prior to taking over at UMKC, he served as the associate athletics director for development at Kent State from 2003-07. He believes that experience will help him further develop the UMBC program.

"I really believe I work hard in building consensus and getting people around the table to say, 'What's the most good for the most people as we move this forward?' I think that's one of my strengths," he said.

While Hall emphasized the importance of having quality administrators and coaches in place, branding the UMBC product and strong fundraising to build on the vision, he added that students must always come first.

"We all serve the students," he said. "And those who work for and with me, we talk all the time about the student athlete being at the center of the bull's eye. So making sure that our staff understands that yes we want to win championships but we also want to make sure we're preparing those young people for a successful future."

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