Hall announces resignation as USC Upstate’s Director of Athletics to become Commissioner of the Southern States Athletic Conference

March 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

Mike Hall, who has served as the Director of Athletics at USC Upstate for 19 years, has resigned his position to become the Commissioner of the Southern States Athletic Conference. Hall’s last day at Upstate will be April 12.

Hall ends a19-year tenure at the head of the athletics department at Upstate. Over his 19 years, he oversaw many changes to the department and helped spearhead the move from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I membership in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2007. During his tenure, Upstate Athletics saw more than $10 million in facility and infrastructure improvements.

“At this time in my life, I felt it was time to move in a new direction and am excited for this opportunity at the Southern States Athletic Conference,” said Hall. “It is a bittersweet feeling to leave USC Upstate. There are many great people here. I am very proud of our student-athletes and coaches and the accomplishments they have achieved both athletically and academically during my time here. I am thankful for the support of the University administration for the vision we had in growing athletics and am proud of the facility improvements we have made as part of that vision. I am grateful to Dr. John Stockwell (former Chancellor) for giving me the opportunity to lead this department when he hired me in 1994. It is refreshing to see how much Dr. Tom Moore (current Chancellor) supports athletics and I look forward to seeing continual success.

“I am qualified for the job at the SSAC because of the vast experiences I have had at Upstate. Upstate has prepared me for this new adventure and I am very grateful to the University for its influence on the development of my professional career.”

“Mike Hall has provided great service to the University of South Carolina Upstate and he leaves a great legacy for his work here during the past 19 years as the athletic director,” said Dr. Tom Moore, Chancellor at USC Upstate. “His accomplishments at the NCAA Division II level led us to Division I where we have been remarkably successful. Mike’s impact will be forever felt here at USC Upstate and I wish him the best as he moves on to the position of Commissioner of the Southern States Athletic Conference.”

Hall came to Upstate after serving as an assistant athletic director for academics and compliance at Liberty University, his alma mater (1981). He also served as men’s golf coach at Liberty during his 10-year tenure in the athletic department at the school.

At Upstate, Hall enjoyed tremendous successes during his 19 years at the head of the athletic program. He oversaw a program that won 28 conference championships in the A-Sun and Peach Belt conferences, had three teams compete in national championships before settling for second place finishes (men’s soccer in 1995 and 1998 and men’s golf in 1997), and had 33 student-athletes earn Academic All-America honors.

When Hall was named Director of Athletics in 1994, he led an administrative staff of four individuals and a small coaching staff. Now, the athletic department has grown to more than 50 coaches and staff. He also upgraded more than 20 coaches and staff positions from part-time to full-time status and oversaw the creation of a number of staff positions in an effort to give administrative support to the coaches and student-athletes.

A member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet for 19 years, Hall was instrumental in Upstate hosting several NCAA and conference championships or tournaments. Among those hosting opportunities was the 1995 and 1998 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship Final Four, 1995 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships, 1998 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball South Atlantic Regional Championships, and numerous A-Sun and Peach Belt Conference championships.

Hall’s service has reached beyond the campus borders at Upstate. He served as the Chairman of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee from 2004-06 and was the Chair of the South Atlantic Region for men’s basketball from 2002-06. He was the Chairman of the Atlantic Sun Administrator’s Committee in 2011-12 and the Atlantic Sun Executive Committee in 2012.

Hall has also been involved in the greater Spartanburg and Upstate communities. He is a member of the Lions Club and was the founder of the Spartanburg Lions Club golf tournament and auction, was Chairman of the International Challenge Cup golf tournament for Mobile Meals in 2011 and 2012, served on the executive committee for the 1999 U.S. Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships, was event coordinator for the 1995 German Olympic Team Training Camp and served as a member of the Pan American Games for the Blind.

Hall leaves Upstate to become the next Commissioner of the South States Athletic Conference (SSAC). The SSAC competes on the NAIA Division I level and has 15 member institutions in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“I will continue to be a fan of Upstate Athletics and follow the progress of the teams,” said Hall. “Upstate has been a large part of my life and the life of my family. My three girls were in elementary school when I started here and Phyllis and I have watched them grow up, graduate college and become outstanding women during my time at Upstate. They became Spartan fans and my entire family was a part of the athletic department and the campus community for many years. We will miss being a part of Upstate.”

Plans for the athletic director’s position will be announced soon. Any announcement on the position will be made by the Chancellor’s office through University Communications.