Tim Hall was appointed Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation in July, 2013.
Hall joined the UMBC community after serving as Director of Athletics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) since February, 2007. A member of the Chancellor’s executive cabinet, Hall’s stewardship of the program propelled UMKC to new heights at the NCAA Division I level in athletic competitiveness, academic success, fund-raising and community service efforts.
Hall succeeded Dr. Charles Brown, who retired as the longest-tenured NCAA Division I director in Maryland history.
“I am excited to serve UMBC as its new Director of Athletics,” said Hall, upon his appointment. “UMBC is an exemplary institution of higher learning - one that is on the cutting edge of innovation and entrepreneurism. I pledge to work with great enthusiasm to advance the reputation, efficiency and impact of Retriever Athletics. In addition, my family and I are looking forward to integrating ourselves into the UMBC community and beyond.”
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). 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.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure on the executive committee and leadership group of the I-AAA ADA and am thrilled to be chosen as its president for the upcoming year," said Hall. "There are so many critical issues that athletic directors face in today's climate and this group has always put the student-athlete in the center of its bulls-eye. I am anxious to get started guiding this committed group of leaders."
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.
In addition, the department posted its best year grade-point-average (GPA) since joining the America East Conference for the 2003-04 academic year. Retriever student-athletes compiled a 3.07 GPA during the 2013-14 academic year, capping a successful year in the classroom.
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 Commssioner's Cup race.
It was also announced in the spring of 2015 that the university would begin construction on a $90-million dollar events center, which would 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.
In addition to its swimming and diving titles, UMBC added an America East title in baseball in 2017 and the men's basketball program reached the semi-finals of the 2017 College Insider Tournament.
Hall was selected as the chairman 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.
The Retriever mentor is a former member of the NACDA Division I-AAA Executive Committee and was recently named First Vice President of the ADA. He also serves on the NCAA volleyball rules committee.
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.
“Our campus takes pride in connecting athletics with the life and academic culture of the university,” said UMBC President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. " I have no doubt that he (Tim Hall) will provide our athletics department with the kind of the visionary and creative leadership that we so value at UMBC."
Since Hall accepted the UMKC post in 2007, the Kangaroos have seen competitive improvement every year. In the spring of 2013, he led UMKC athletics into a new era, announcing that it was joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) on July 1, 2013.
In 2011-12, UMKC Athletics finished fifth place in the Summit League Commissioner's Cup standings, the highest finish for the Kangaroos since 1999-2000. UMKC also took third in the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports standings, the highest finish since winning in 1998-99. In the classroom, the department posted a grade point average of better than 3.26. Additionally, UMKC finished with a 958.7 APR average and the volleyball team received the NCAA public recognition award.
In 2008, UMKC received a 5-million pledge from the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, the largest gift in Athletics' and the fifth-largest gift in University history. The resulting Stanley H. Durwood Soccer Stadium and Recreational Field opened in August 2009 and is among the premier soccer facilities in the Midwest region.
Hall came to Kansas City after serving as the Associate Athletics Director for Development at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, from 2003-07. While at KSU, he was a member of the athletics senior administrative staff, working in all phases of departmental management including game and personnel contracts, scheduling, budget, policy and strategic planning.
Previously, Hall worked at Eastern Kentucky University from 2000-03. He began work as the collegiate Director for Development in 2000 before being promoted to the Director of Major Gifts and Special Projects in 2001. In this capacity, he raised over $4.6 million for the university, including $1.3 million for athletics.
Hall also served as the Assistant Director of Development at Saint Xavier University in Chicago from September 1999 through October 2000. Before moving to Chicago, Hall worked at Youngstown State University as an Assistant Director of Athletic Development from 1997-99.
Hall earned his bachelor's degree in sports administration from the University of Toledo in 1994. He then received his master's degree in sports administration from Kent State University in 1998.
Hall and his wife, Beth, have four children, Aidan, Aislin, Donovan and Landon.