Tim Hall was named the UMKC Director of Athletics on Feb. 14, 2007. In this role, he serves as a member of the Chancellor's executive cabinet, and is responsible for leading the strategic direction in growing the university's intercollegiate athletics program.
Since Hall accepted the post in 2007, UMKC has seen competitive improvement every year. UMKC has won conference championships in men's soccer, men's golf, men's tennis and softball.
In the spring of 2013, he led UMKC athletics into a new era, announcing that it was joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) on July 1, 2013.
Shortly after that, he announced the hiring of Head Men's Basketball Coach Kareem Richardson, who came to UMKC after winning a national title on the staff at Louisville. He also secured a deal that will get the men's basketball games back at Municipal Auditorium in the fall of 2013, inclduing numerous facility upgrades to the historic arena.
UMKC athletics announced the signing of a five-year landmark deal with Niles Media Group in the fall of 2012, partnering with the Kansas City based company for a multi-faceted agreement. The partnership has Niles Media Group working in sync with UMKC athletics on numerous aspects, namely to sell title sponsorships and spearhead a corporate partner program. Niles continues to handle the production of various television broadcasts of Kansas City athletics, working with local and national stations. It is the exclusive media rights partner, helping with the marketing of UMKC athletics in radio and television outlets.
UMKC's athletics department staffing has grown during Hall's tenure as part of an effort to catch up to other conference schools. Those additions have made UMKC more competitive in recruiting student-athletes, while providing fundraising support for many facility improvements and agreements in each sport.
The successes were reinforced by the NCAA in 2009, as UMKC Athletics received full NCAA certification without condition. The certification showed that the University is operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the NCAA Division I membership and is valid for the next 10 years.
In 2011-12, UMKC Athletics finished fifth place in the Summit League Commissioner's Cup standings, the highest finish for the Kangaroos since 1999-2000. UMKC also took third in the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports standings, the highest finish since winning in 1998-99. The men's tennis squad won its second straight league tournament title, while the women's basketball team posted its first 20-win season since 1991-92 and its second ever trip to the Summit League Tournament Championship game. In the fall, the women's soccer team advanced to the conference tournament for the first time in school history, while setting a school record for wins. Women's tennis also set a record for wins, the third straight year doing so.
During the 2010 campaign, the men's tennis team won The Summit League regular season title and the men's golf program was the league runner-up. This helped the men's teams finish fourth in the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All Sports Award standings, the best showing since 2001-02. Overall, the 'Roos moved up to sixth place in the Commissioner's Cup standings, which was the highest finish since 2006-07.
Hall led the 'Roos to their most successful year since 2000 in 2008-09 and the 'Roos continued excelling in 2009-10. UMKC claimed a pair of Summit League titles in men's soccer and men's tennis, while also earning the runner-up nod in both men's and women's golf, which led to a record 2009 finish in the annual Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
In the classroom, the department posted a grade point average of better than 3.26 this past year. It had a 3.10 cumulative grade point in the spring 2010 semester and eight programs finished with at least a 3.0 GPA. Additionally, UMKC finished with a 958.7 APR average and the volleyball team received the NCAA public recognition award.
Internally, Hall has been hard at work to align the department with peer institutions and the NCAA. He restructured the rules compliance office to be more in line with NCAA rules and the Student-Athlete Support Services Office to better assist and prepare Kangaroo student-athletes. He also continues to work with new UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton to craft the athletics' strategic plan in concert with the University's new strategic goals.
From a fund raising standpoint, Kangaroo Athletics have never been better. In 2008, UMKC received a $5 million pledge from the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, the largest gift in Athletics' and the fourth-largest gift in University history. The resulting Stanley H. Durwood Soccer Stadium and Recreational Field opened in August 2009 and is among the premier soccer facilities in the Midwest region.
Agreements were also made to give the softball team a facility at the Missouri 3&2 Complex in 2012, as well as use of the St. Theresa's Academy track and field complex for the UMKC track and field teams to train outdoors.
Additional facility improvements have included revamped locker rooms and lounges for men's and women's basketball and volleyball and the retro-fitting of Old Swinney Gymnasium, which provides the basketball and volleyball programs with a first-class practice facility. The project was funded through $500,000 of private support.
Hall also was instrumental in the renovation of the Swinney Recreation Center with the installation of new seatback bleachers and new scoreboards, which enhances the venue for the women's basketball and volleyball programs.
Hall is also in the midst of a partnership with the Kansas City Parks Department to build a sports complex that will house both indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a 200-meter indoor track and a softball field.
On an annual basis, the Kangaroo Athletics Scholarship Fund, which was rebranded prior to the 2007-08 school year, has posted three straight years of 50 percent growth, while donor participation is up over 200 percent. He also increased the department's total sponsorships and gift-in-kind assistance to over $1.5 million and cash and trade sponsorships have increased 265 percent since 2008. Additionally, Hall has increased UMKC's external support by 45 percent over fiscal year 2009 from $1.6 to $2.4 million. Hall also has also reconnected with over 200 former 'Roos with the former student-athlete association.
In the community, Hall has been active in an effort to get more community leaders involved in the Athletics Department. Hall restructured the Athletics Foundation Board in 2009 by adding representatives from a number of Kansas City-based businesses such as Cerner, Kansas City Southern Railways, Lathrop Gage LLC, and Mark One Electric. New partnerships have come quickly to Kangaroo Athletics, including television (Niles Media Group) and radio (810 WHB) agreements that ensure a continued presence within the Kansas City region. Renowned local advertising firm Bernstein-Rein produced a redesigned athletics logo and graphics set, while additional contractual agreements have also been signed with adidas, Truman Medical Centers, Pepsi, T-Mobile and JumpTV to better serve the department's student-athletes.
Hall continues to bring leadership to UMKC and The Summit League. In addition to his role on the Chancellor's Executive Cabinet, Hall serves on The Summit League Joint Council leadership committee and sits on the league's men's basketball scheduling committee and the men's and women's soccer coaches committees. Additionally, Hall is also in a three-year term on the NACDA Division I-AAA Executive Committee and serves on the NCAA volleyball rules committee.
Hall came to Kansas City after serving as the Associate Athletics Director for Development at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, from 2003-07. While at KSU, he was a member of the athletics senior administrative staff, working in all phases of departmental management including game and personnel contracts, scheduling, budget, policy and strategic planning.
In this role, Hall created and implemented a comprehensive restructuring of the athletic advancement unit, resulting in the creation of the Office of Athletic Advancement. He increased fundraising by more than 33 percent, helped secure the largest gift to date in the history of KSU athletics, a $1.53 million gift for the baseball stadium renovation, and raised more than $16.1 million.
Prior to moving back to Ohio, Hall worked at Eastern Kentucky University from 2000-03. Hall began work as the collegiate Director for Development in 2000 before being promoted to the Director of Major Gifts and Special Projects in 2001. In this capacity, he raised over $4.6 million for the university, including $1.3 million for athletics.
Hall also served as the Assistant Director of Development at Saint Xavier University in Chicago from September 1999 through October 2000. At Saint Xavier, Hall managed fundraising efforts for a $13 million Athletic and Convention Center. He also managed the President's Club, and developed and implemented the Cougar Club, an athletics affinity group.
Before moving to Chicago, Hall worked at Youngstown State University as an Assistant Director of Athletic Development from 1997-99. In this role, he helped the university complete its successful $26 million capital campaign. Hall also began his collegiate career at YSU, serving in the school's athletic marketing and promotions office.
Hall earned his bachelor's degree in sports administration from the University of Toledo in 1994. He then received his master's degree in sports administration from Kent State University in 1998.
Hall and his wife, Beth, have four children, Aidan, Aislin, Donovan and Landon, and they reside in Kansas City, Mo.