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.