Tim Hall, Athletic Director, Serves As Featured Panelist at the 2014 NACWAA Convention

Director of Athletics Tim Hall was a featured panelist of NCAA Division I athletic directors at the 2014 NACWAA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Alabama A&M Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Dr. Renae Myles led an all-star panel of Division I athletic National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, which was founded in 1979 as the premier leadership organization dedicated to empowering, developing and advancing the success of women throughout the profession.

Dr. Myles moderated an engaging session titled: “Why Women Leaders are Critical to Department Success.” She led the Sunday conversation with Tim Hall, Whit Babcock, athletic director at Virginia Tech; Indiana University Vice President and Athletic Director at Indiana University Fred Glass.

“Whit, Fred, and Tim are known for being proponents of positioning women in non-traditional roles within athletics. So, they were the perfect industry experts and leaders to headline this panel,” said Dr. Myles.

Head Swimming and Diving Coach Chad Cradock Earns 200th Career Victory

Head Swimming and Diving Coach Chad Cradock earned his 200th career win at the CCSA North Invitational this past weekend. Cradock swept the competition, earning wins over Gardner-Webb, NJIT, and VMI to accomplish the feat.

“It is a pleasure for a milestone like this to occur at home,” Cradock said about winning number 200. “I want to thank all the coaches who have been a part of this over the years, including Chris Gibeau who has been here with me for most of it,” he added. “I am proud to work with talented athletes both in the past and the present for their spirit of hard work and upholding UMBC tradition.”

Cradock has amassed a record of 200-66-1 over his 13 plus year career at UMBC. He has a total men’s record of 105-23-1, while holding a 95-43 mark with the women.

The Retrievers will close out the month of October with a dual meet at George Washington on Saturday, October 25. The meet with the Colonials is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.

Athletics Accepting Nominations for 2015 UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame

The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The next induction ceremony will take place in January or February of 2015. The deadline to submit for the Class of 2015 is Oct. 15, 2014.

To be considered for the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame a student-athlete must have

  1. participated in intercollegiate athletics for UMBC for no less than two years;
  2. received a bachelor’s degree from UMBC, UMAB or UMUC prior to induction;
  3. represented the highest level of excellence when performing as a student-athlete at UMBC;
  4. and must be inducted no less than five years after completing his or her eligibility at UMBC.

*For any student-athletes that have competed in NCAA Division I conference competition (1990-), they must have earned at least one First-Team All-Conference or multiple Second-Team All Conference honors.

To be selected as a coach or administrator, the candidate must have represented the highest level of excellence when performing his or her duties as an intercollegiate coach or administrator.

Click here to nominate someone.

Student-Athletes Receive Training to Support Healthy Relationships

On Thursday, September 12, Janet Judge, president of Sports Law Associates, addressed hundreds of UMBC student-athletes on the perils of hazing. This training program offered an opportunity for students to closely examine how to build healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives.

The event was funded by a Verizon Wireless program that supports campus-wide education about relationship violence prevention and creating a healthy, supportive community.

UMBC Stadium Receives New Turf Surface

UMBC Athletics is currently installing a new turf surface at UMBC Stadium, with the project scheduled for completion in early August.

King Sports Construction is the contractor for the project, which will utilize Field Turf Revolution system. Coupled with FieldTurf’s patented heavy three-layer infill system and state-of-the-art SureLock coating method, the FieldTurf Revolution turf system has been designed to be the very best synthetic turf system with unparalleled player safety and turf drainage rates.

The surface will feature in-laid lines for lacrosse and the Retriever logo in the center of the field, while soccer lines will be painted on the surface. Retriever Soccer Park, which features a Bermuda grass surface, serves as the soccer program’s primary field, but the UMBC Stadium field may be used in poor weather conditions.

Moreover, King Sports will also install a new backstop netting system at UMBC Stadium.

The upgrade replaces Sportexe’s Momentum 51 synthetic turf, which was set up in the spring of 2005.

Phil Saunders Makes Professional Soccer Debut In Iceland

Former UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed a contract with BÍ Bolungarvík of the Icelandic First Division. The former 2012 America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player made professional debut on July 19 and earned the victory in the team’s 6-4 victory over Tindastóll.

BÍ Bolungarvík stands at 4 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws with 10 games remaining in the league season, which concludes in mid-September.

Saunders is the lone American player on the squad. He joins Pete Caringi III (Oklahoma City Energy FC) and Kadeem Dacres (Arizona United FC) as three of UMBC’s four seniors from the 2013 America East title squad in the professional ranks.

“I am extremely happy for Phil and our UMBC soccer family,” said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. “He has worked very hard for this moment and I can’t think of a more deserving player to represent UMBC. He will have left a soccer legacy along with fellow seniors Pete Caringi lll, Kadeem Dacres and Travis Dennis that will always be remembered for years to come.”

In 2013, Saunders was selected to America East Second Team and All-Championship Team for second consecutive season. He moved into second place on UMBC’s all-time shutouts list with 24, just one behind UMBC Hall of Famer Brian Rowland (’02).

Saunders finished second in the America East Conference and 19th in the country with a 0.70 goals against average. His career goals-against-average was 0.97 and the final record was 44-14-10 (.721).