Tom Mandato joined the UMBC staff in December of 2012 as an Assistant Athletics Director, Operations, which included the management of facilities and events, equipment room, and athletic grounds. His duties included maintenance of all athletic facilities, including the Retriever Activities Center, the UMBC Stadium Complex, the UMBC Aquatic Complex, the tennis courts, and all practice fields. He coordinates the scheduling of these facilities, supervises event operations and manages the equipment room as it relates to the laundering and upkeep of athletic apparel.
Mandato also oversees the turf management staff that which prepares and maintains the baseball and softball fields for NCAA play, as well as maintaining the agronomic plan for all other fields. He also has control of building security, housekeeping, work orders, parking and serves in additional capacity as the department liaison to other university entities.
Mandato was promoted in July of 2014 to Associate Athletics Director, Internal Operations. He held onto all of his previous duties and added sport oversight, senior team responsibilities, capital projects and facility planning. Tom has oversight of men’s lacrosse, volleyball, men’s and women’s track & field and men’s and women’s cross country. As a member of the senior team, Tom is integral in the decision-making processes that guide the department. His work within the team touches on budgeting, strategic planning, development and marketing. He now serves as the liaison with Facilities Management and other campus leaders on facility planning and project management. Tom played a crucial role in the planning, development and commissioning of the new UMBC Event Center, which opened In the winter of 2018.
The Philadelphia, Pa. native previously worked for seven years at Towson University in facility and event management. In June of 2011, he was named Director of Facilities & Event Management for the Tigers’ 19-sport program. He was responsible for the entire athletic facilities budget, operations for all varsity sports, and played a key role in facility enhancement projects, including the SECU Arena.
Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management from Temple University in 2003 and was awarded a joint Master’s of business administration degree in sport administration from both Towson University and the University of Baltimore in 2010.