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.