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New Towson AD Leonard hopes to immerse himself in “everything that has happened here”

Posted on 03 August 2013 by WNST Staff

TIM LEONARD INTRODUCED AS TOWSON’S NEW DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

Leonard to Begin On-Campus Duties Starting August 19

TOWSON, Md. – Tim Leonard, formerly the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at Southern Methodist University (SMU), was introduced as the new Towson University Director of Athletics by Towson President Dr. Maravene Loeschke at a press conference on Friday morning in the Minnegan Room of the Johnny Unitas ® Stadium Field House.

“I am so excited to be a Towson Tiger,” said Leonard. “We are so excited, my family and I, to be here. We think this is a great opportunity and it’s a great University. We are thrilled to be a part of it.”

Prior to coming to Towson, Leonard served as senior associate athletic director at SMU since 2008.  He also was the Mustangs’ interim director of athletics between May and August 2012.  Prior to coming to SMU, Leonard served in a series of increasingly responsible positions at the University of Central Florida, including assistant vice president for athletics development and associate athletic director, assistant AD for development, and assistant AD for external operations.

“Tim has extensive experience creating visions for athletics and then creating, inclusively, strategic plans to get them accomplished,” said Loeschke. “This is what we all unanimously saw in Tim: Experience across the spectrum of athletics, integrity, passion and energy. He has a devotion to students and their welfare on all levels. He has an unfailing commitment to excellence. He is a role model for all of us, particularly our student-athletes.”

“There are three important things that a leader can do: Listen, learn and then lead,” said Leonard. “I want to really come in and understand the culture of the University and immerse myself with everything that has happened here. Then I can make wise, informed decisions. To me, it’s all about trying to get the resources necessary for our coaches and our student-athletes so that they can be successful. That’s what this is all about.”

Leonard is a member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and was the 2012 recipient of NAADD’s Athletic Fundraiser of the Year award.

Leonard’s athletics career also includes positions at Boise State University, where he was assistant director of the Bronco Athletic Association, and at Illinois State University, where he served as director of annual giving.

Leonard is a graduate of Boise State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.  In addition to his affiliation with NAADD, he is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, Leonard and his wife, Monica, have two children, Hayley and Nathan.

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Towson begins national search for Waddell replacement

Posted on 20 May 2013 by WNST Staff

It is with Tiger Pride and sadness that we announce the departure of Towson University Athletics Director Mike Waddell, effective June 10.  Mr. Waddell has taken a new position as a Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Arkansas.

“In a relatively short amount of time, Mike Waddell began an impressive transformation of Towson University’s NCAA Division I Intercollegiate athletics program,” said Towson University President Dr. Maravene Loeschke.  “We wish him well at the University of Arkansas, and we know that he will bring the same energy, leadership, and excellence to his new job as he did here at Towson.  He will be missed. The TU community wishes Mr. Waddell and his family all the best in his new endeavor.”

During the 2012-13 athletics season, student athlete academic achievement significantly improved, with more than 131 players achieving a 3.5 GPA or higher.  Student-athletes engaged in more than 10,000 hours of service in the Baltimore community.  Towson captured six CAA championships and four Tiger coaches were named CAA Coach of the Year.  Five Towson student-athletes were named CAA Player of the Year, nine Towson student-athletes were selected as All-Americans, and more than 53 were named to All-Conference status.  Finally, the Towson men’s basketball team recorded the biggest NCAA single-season turnaround in the history of college basketball.

As Towson’s AD, Waddell successfully negotiated a multi-media rights partnership with CBS Collegiate Sports Properties that expanded the department’s development staff and led to record totals in annual giving over the last two years. He also recently secured a new multi-year footwear and apparel agreement with Baltimore-based Under Armour.

An interim Athletics Director has not yet been determined. A national search will begin immediately for a permanent Athletics Director.

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Towson baseball to be at least temporarily saved by Governor

Posted on 02 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Towson Receives Funding from Governor O’Malley’s Supplemental Budget to Address Title IX and Extend Decision Timeline on Baseball

 

[April 1, 2013] Towson, MD—Today Towson University received funding in the Governor’s FY14 Supplemental Budget to partially address both financial and federal Title IX issues surrounding last month’s decision to discontinue baseball and men’s soccer. Governor O’Malley has positioned this funding of $300,000 per year for two years to give Towson’s Division I baseball program and its supporters, a window of opportunity to raise necessary funds to become self-sufficient by Fall 2015.

 

“No leader seeks to make a decision to disappoint young people who have a passion, whether it’s a sport or an academic discipline.  I thank the Governor for helping Towson address this Title IX issue through his supplemental budget—a move only he could make,” said President Maravene Loeschke. “I am pleased that he heard my strong desire to not resolve this issue solely on the backs of students with a large student fee increase and I applaud his continued commitment to keep college affordable in Maryland.”

 

According to the supplemental budget released this afternoon, this additional $300,000 per year will go to Towson’s athletics operating budget “to provide funds to address the immediate issues with Federal Title IX compliance and equity for women’s scholarships and support services; assistance to explore the addition of another woman’s sport to meet proportionality requirements; and operating assistance to support baseball operations while the University community engages in an aggressive fundraising campaign to enable baseball to be self-sufficient in two years.”

 

The request comes after President Loeschke’s meeting with Governor O’Malley last week. Even with this additional funding, a student fee increase of 1 percent, plus an additional fundraising effort of at least $100,000 per year from baseball program supporters will be required to keep the program in operation.

 

Unfortunately, this additional funding does not include the reinstatement of men’s soccer at Towson.  In order to reach proportionality, federal Title IX law will require Towson Athletics to explore additional female athlete opportunities in the near future.

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Towson gives AD Waddell contract extension

Posted on 11 September 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS MIKE WADDELL’S CONTRACT EXTENDED
Third-year Administrator Will Guide Tiger Athletics Through, October, 2014

TOWSON, Md. –
 Towson University President Maravene Loeschke announced today that Director of Athletics Mike Waddell has received a one-year contract extension. Waddell, whose contract now runs to October 2014, was named TU’s eighth athletics director on Sept. 29, 2010.

“Mike Waddell has made a great deal of progress in setting a new vision for Towson University Athletics in just two years,” said Dr. Loeschke. “I look forward to his continued work to strengthen the competitive success of our student athletes while keeping a strong focus on academics.”

The 2012-13 academic year is Waddell’s third overseeing Towson Athletics, its 20 sports programs and over 600 student-athletes, coaches and staff.

Since arriving on campus, Waddell has been visible on campus and in the community while developing a motto within the program of “EXPECT SUCCESS.”

In the classroom, 11 teams have shown improvement in their cumulative G.P.A. from the previous fall and the overall department G.P.A. has climbed to a 3.07 average. Overall, 56 percent (272-of-485) of the Towson student-athletes posted a G.P.A. above 3.0 in 2011-12, while 125 made the Dean’s List with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above. 

For Towson, success on the playing in 2011-12 was highlighted by a pair of Colonial Athletic Association championships. The nationally-ranked football team and the nationally-ranked women’s lacrosse team both won CAA titles and advanced to NCAA post-season competition.

The football Tigers’ turnaround from 1-10 in 2010 to 9-3 in 2011 catapulted the team into the NCAA Playoffs for the first time at the FCS level and garnered head coach Rob Ambrose National Coach of the Year accolades and freshman running back Terrance West the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the nation.

The women’s lacrosse team championships in both the regular season and the CAA Tournament earned head coach Sonia LaMonica CAA Coach of the Year honors. The Tigers returned to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since 2005 and put themselves in position to host the first home NCAA Tournament games in program history.

The two championships are the third and fourth won during Waddell’s tenure at Towson. In addition to Ambrose’s and LaMonica’s Coach of the Year accolades, head gymnastics coach Vicky Chliszczyk and head volleyball coach Bruce Atkinson also earned league coaching honors. In addition, gymnast Katy Catanzaro and volleyball outside hitter Katy Buckwere named as conference Players of the Year.

The success on the field has also translated into ticket sales and fund-raising improvements for the Tigers in 2011-12 as they broke records for: Tiger Club donors and money raised in a single-year; season football attendance (62,645), single-game football attendance (11,196 – first sellout in program history vs. Lehigh in NCAA Playoffs), season student football attendance (17,597) and single-game student football attendance (4,036). Even after setting a school record for football season ticket holders in 2011, season tickets have increased by more than 133 percent for the 2012 season to over 1,000 season ticket holders.

Prior to coming to Towson, Waddell was the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Cincinnati (2006-10) where his external efforts helped the resurgence of the Bearcats Athletics programs.

Before that, he served as the Interim Director and Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Akron (2001-2006), the Director of Marketing and Broadcasting at the United States Military Academy (2000-01), and Director of Athletics External Operations at Appalachian State University (1997-2000).

Before embarking on his career as an athletics administrator, Waddell spent time working with the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia radio networks as an on-air personality, play-by-play announcer, game day host and engineer.

Waddell received his B.S. degree in Sport Management from Guilford College in 1991, where he was a two-time letter winner in football.  He earned his M.S. degree in Sport Administration from the prestigious Ohio University graduate program.

He and his wife, Heidi, are the parents of two children, Drew and Caroline.

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