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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 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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