A collegiate sports leader with more than two decades of experience has been chosen as Kalamazoo College's director of athletics.
Becky Hall comes to K from Oglethorpe University in Georgia, where she has served as the director of athletics for the past six years. Prior to that she was at Ohio's Wittenberg University. She will begin her new role at K on July 2, 2018.
"We are pleased to announce Becky Hall as our new athletic director," said Provost Mickey McDonald. "She is a successful coach and athletic administrator, and we look forward to her leading the Kalamazoo College athletic programs as they continue to pursue championships, teach lifelong skills and build a sense of pride and community around Hornet athletics."
"I felt at home during my visit to K," she said. "I embrace the mission and vision of Kalamazoo College and its emphasis on balancing academics, athletics and community involvement. I want to help build the athletic program into one where all Hornet teams and student-athletes are able to celebrate and sustain success, and I look forward to getting started."
At Oglethorpe, Hall supervised all phases of the athletic program and its 16 varsity and six junior varsity teams. She helped build a team of coaches that guided Oglethorpe to its best year athletically and implemented new standards and traditions to make athletics a more integral part of the campus community.
At K, she will oversee all phases of the College's athletic program and its 18 collegiate athletic teams, involving nearly a quarter of the student body. She will also be responsible for the physical education program, athletic training and the College's fitness and wellness programs.
Kalamazoo College President Jorge G. Gonzalez said Hall brings a combination of enthusiasm and knowledge to her new role.
"We are excited to have someone with Becky's energy and experience leading our athletic program," he said. "Her positive attitude, competitive spirit and strong work ethic are an excellent fit for K."
Prior to arriving at Oglethorpe, Hall worked at Wittenberg from 1998 to 2012. After one season as assistant softball coach she was promoted to head coach, a position she held for 14 seasons. During her second season, she led the team to its first North Coast Athletic Conference championship, first NCAA Tournament appearance and first NCAA Tournament victory. She again led the team to a conference championship and NCAA appearance in 2003.
While continuing to coach softball, Hall became Wittenberg's director of intramurals and club sports, and director of summer aquatics in 2003. In 2007 she transitioned to assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator, supervising 10 varsity athletic teams.
Hall earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1998 at Urbana University, where she was a standout softball player. She received a master's degree in sport management at California University of Pennsylvania in 2009.
Hall has an extensive background in community service projects, including events supporting cancer research, diabetes research, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity and special needs and elementary-age children. She currently is a member of the NCAA Division III National Volleyball Committee and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. She has been a facilitator and keynote speaker at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum and a member of two National Fastpitch Coaches Association committees.
Kalamazoo College, founded in 1833, is a nationally recognized residential liberal arts college located in Kalamazoo, Mich. The creator of the K-Plan, Kalamazoo College provides an individualized education that integrates rigorous academics with life-changing experiential learning opportunities.