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Aug. 14, 2003

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    OSWEGO -- In naming Timothy G. Hale as the college's new athletic director, SUNY Oswego officials said they found someone with an extensive record of success both on and off the fields of play. The appointment adds an experienced athletic administrator as well as a talented head coach to lead the athletic department, officials said.

    Hale was the associate athletic director at the University of Rochester from 1998 to 2000. He was that college's men's cross country and track and field head coach for 25 years, as well as a physical education teacher. Hale comes to the college from his most recent position as director of athletics, physical education and health at Greece Arcadia High School in Rochester.

    He has also served on the NCAA Division III Budget Committee and Championship Committee; directed the Instructional Sports Camp at the University of Rochester from 1976 to 2000; and planned and organized more than 40 conference, regional and invitational meets, including the 1980 NCAA Division III Cross Country Nationals, in his 35 years of athletic administrative experience.

    "We are pleased to welcome Timothy Hale to the SUNY Oswego campus," President Deborah F. Stanley said. "He has a track record for encouraging students to achieve both athletic and academic success, which was a very important consideration. We value Oswego's reputation of developing well-rounded learners who excel inside and outside the classroom and on the field of play."
    Bob Casper, who chaired the college's search committee, said Hale "was a good fit for the position" because he offered "28 years of experience with Division III sports as both a successful coach and an administrator" with the University of Rochester.

    "His experience at a large suburban Rochester high school provided him with a broader experience in this area, particularly in relation to community and development activities," Casper explained.

    Hale's philosophy views athletics as "not just a physical activity," but "also a medium that challenges the mind and presents experiences that require positive interactions with others," Hale said.

    "It is my strong belief that athletics is an integral part of a rigorous college academic environment," Hale said. "Athletics, in all its forms, provides an avenue for expression, an opportunity for release from pressures, a means of honing competitive skills, and a chance to bring diverse groups of people together in an exciting and fun environment."

    Hale is expected to begin by the end of August.

    The national search for the position came after the departure of interim athletic director George Roll. Roll, who coached the Laker ice hockey team to the NCAA Division III championship game in 2003, left to become head coach at Clarkson University.

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