January 6, 2021

Building and Creating Something Special Together, with Tim Hall

Episode 109:

Chancellor Randy Pembrook named Tim Hall as the 8th director of athletics in University history in July 2019. He previously served as director of athletics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). During his 6 year tenure there, the Retrievers posted 9 conference championships, including an upset win for Men’s Basketball over No.1 seed Virginia. Also, on his watch, UMBC opened a $90-million events center which serves as a home for the basketball and volleyball programs and Department of Athletics.

Hall has an extensive history in intercollegiate athletics administration nationally. In summer 2017, he was appointed president of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (ADA), an organization composed of Division I athletics directors and administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He previously served the ADA as first vice president in 2016.

Before UMBC, Hall served as director of athletics at the University of Missouri KC. His career began with a foundation in development, first as assistant director of development at Youngtown State, then as assistant director of development at Saint Xavier University, and lastly as the university director of development at Eastern Kentucky State. Hall moved to UMKC after serving as associate athletics director for development at Kent State University.

Hall earned a bachelor’s in sports administration from the University of Toledo in 1994 and achieved a master’s in sports administration from Kent State University in 1998. He and his wife, Beth, have four children.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why Tim believes that so much of where we go is predicated on where we have been
  • Why it is so important to find ways to be comfortable with ambiguity
  • How Tim works on balancing expectations with reality
  • What goes into Tim creating the type of environment where his people feel they have the freedom to contribute
  • Why having a good team is more important than being right
  • How Tim has raised the standards of diversity and inclusion in the SIUE athletics department
  • What is the ‘Book of Me’ exercise and how does it help your team get to know each other better

Additional resources:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-hall-6312b668/

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