Dr. Charles Brown Promoted to Associate Vice President; Athletics to Become Part of Division of Student Affairs

Dr. Charles Brown and Dr. Nancy Young
Dr. Charles Brown and Dr. Nancy Young

UMBC’s Dr. Charles Brown has been promoted to Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski announced on Friday, June 17.  Dr. Brown will begin his 22nd year at the helm of the Retrievers this fall.


“We are all very proud of Dr. Brown's stellar career as Director of Athletics over the past two decades,” Dr. Hrabowski said. “He has led the program with both enthusiasm and integrity, and, most importantly, our student-athletes are succeeding athletically and academically." 


Moreover, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation will become part of the Division of Student Affairs, led by Vice President Dr. Nancy Young. Dr. Young has been a long-time supporter of the program, establishing an endowment in her father’s name in support of the men’s soccer program, attending basketball games as a season-ticket holder and presenting UMBC’s Outstanding Senior Athlete award on a yearly basis. She has served on several athletics-related committees, and spearheaded UMBC’s successful third phase of NCAA certification in the spring of 2010.  


The department had reported to the Office of the Provost since the spring of 2003.


According to Dr. Hrabowski, “This change reflects the increasingly vital role of athletics in the life of the University, from NCAA Division-I competition and the school spirit our teams inspire, to our recreation/club sports and intramurals.  Dr. Young and Dr. Brown share a strong commitment to supporting students.  They understand both the benefits students realize, and the challenges they face, as they pursue their goals in the classroom and on the field.”

Dawg Bytes on Dr. Charles Brown and UMBC Athletics (1988-present)


  • Dr. Brown is the longest-tenured director of athletics at the NCAA Division I level in the state of Maryland.
  • UMBC has won the most Commissioner’s Cups (6, 1992, 1999-2003) of any Division I program in the state and has finished in third place in the America East Commissioner’s Cup race in two of the past four years.
  • In the past 11 years, Retriever teams have won 52 league titles and made 31 appearances in NCAA Championship competition.
  • In the past 12 years, 32 student-athletes have earned Academic All-American honors and the student-athlete graduate rate is 10 percent higher than the university rate.
  • Facilities for each varsity sport and recreational facilities have been added or substantially enhanced over the past two decades. After adding the outdoor pool in 1996, the campus has the finest indoor-outdoor aquatic complex in the region.  The Retriever Activities Center came online in 1999 and chair-back seating was installed at the RAC Arena. Lights have been added to UMBC Stadium, The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC, the tennis complex and UMBC Soccer Stadium and major field and locker room renovations have taken place at every outdoor site.
  • UMBC has hosted NCAA Championship competition in men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse and welcomes state high school championship tournaments in five sports on a yearly basis.
  • Starting from scratch in the 1990’s, Dr. Brown developed a club sport program which has evolved into a 25-sport, 750-student program today. UMBC currently has nationally-ranked programs in ice hockey, women’s volleyball, cricket and wrestling.
  • Dramatic increases in the department’s entrepreneurial efforts have been implemented to support UMBC’s student-athletes. UMBC Athletics received $5,403 in gifts in the first year of Dr. Brown's tenure. In contrast, over the last several years, UMBC Athletics has brought in an average of 1.25 million dollars per year via fund raising, corporate sponsorships and other entrepreneurial efforts.
  • In the area of community service, UMBC student-athletes currently donate more than 1,000 hours of time per year to mentor local elementary and middle school students. The program was recognized by The NCAA News as one of the finest in the country.
  • Dr. Brown has increased the full-time faculty and staff of the athletic department from 23 full-time employees at his arrival to 63 currently. There were only 13 full-time coaches (nine head, four assistant) upon Dr. Brown's arrival; now there are 32 (14 head, 18 assistant) to ensure the Retrievers' success on and off the playing fields. New positions have been created in Marketing and Promotions, Fund Raising, Facilities & Operations, Business Administration, Community Service, Strength and Conditioning, Athletic Communications, Sports Medicine and Academic Services. He also initiated the UMBC Dance Team, the Down and Dirty Dawg Band, the newly-reinstated cheerleading squad and was the prime mover in the creation of the alma mater.
  • Dr. Brown has served two terms as president of the Maryland Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and served a term on the NCAA Division-I Championships/Competition Cabinet, where he influenced other directors to increase student-athlete participation in NCAA Championship competition. He is the outgoing president of the America East Conference Athletic Directors.