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Mike Hall is in his 15th year as the Director of Athletics at the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Since joining the Spartans program, Hall has been instrumental in making many improvements to the athletics department. Arguably his biggest accomplishment is leading the University from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I membership and the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2007-08.
Hall oversaw the completion of the new Louis P. Howell Athletics Complex that already claims one of the top soccer and softball facilities in the Southeast. The Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park is the newest jewel of the complex and the tennis facility has recently been upgraded with six additional tennis courts and a clubhouse. The total cost of the four projects exceeded $5 million. In 1999-2000, Hall assisted with a $2 million renovation to the G. B. Hodge Center. The renovations included a hospitality suite overlooking the gymnasium, concession area, weight room, official's locker rooms and offices for the athletic staff and coaches. In 2003, the men's and women's basketball and volleyball locker rooms were renovated.
Hall was instrumental in the development of the new County University Soccer Stadium, which opened in August of 2001, as well as five other soccer fields that are used by Spartanburg County as youth soccer facilities. County University Soccer Stadium, built at a cost of $850,000, is the home of the men's soccer program, a perennial power in NCAA Division II soccer, and provides an outstanding facility for the women's soccer program, now in its fifth year of existence. Hall has used the facility to attract state and regional youth soccer events as well as the NCAA Soccer Championships.
Hall continues to work to enhance staff and coaching positions at USC Upstate. He has upgraded many positions from part-time to full-time status and expanded several assistant coaches' positions. He also continues to coordinate over 20 corporate sponsors for USC Upstate athletics. He continues to lead USC Upstate athletics with its annual athletics auction, now in its 13th year that has raised over $375,000 to benefit the overall athletics department. Also, USC Upstate athletics has received high marks in its efforts to achieve equity in funding of its women's program and was awarded the Tapestry Diversity Award for its efforts in promoting positive interaction and collaboration among all members of the campus community.
During his time as athletic director, USC Upstate has been awarded the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's National Cross Country Championship in 1995, the NCAA South Atlantic Regional Men's Basketball Tournament in 1998, and the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship in 1995 and 1998. The athletic department also captured its fourth Peach Belt Conference Commissioner's Cup Trophy that is presented annually to the institution with the best all-around program in the PBC. The German Olympic men's gymnastic team was also the guest of USC Upstate in the summer of 1995.
Hall completed his fourth year of a four-year term on the NCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Committee in 2006, serving as the Chair of the South Atlantic Region since 2004. As Chair of the National Committee, he oversaw site selections for future NCAA Division II National Championships for men's basketball, the selections of the teams for the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament, and coordinated rankings within the South Atlantic Region. He has also completed a terms as the Vice Chair of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce - Convention and Visitor's Bureau and Marketing and Communication. Previously, he was the chairman of Team Spartanburg, the area sports council. He also served on the planning committee for the 2001 Pan American Games for the Blind that was held in Spartanburg. In addition, he is the co-chairman of the International Challenge Cup golf event benefiting Mobile Meals. He also served as President of the Spartanburg Lion's Club in 2001.
A 1981 graduate of Liberty University, he went on to serve for thirteen years as assistant athletics director for academics, compliance and golf coach at his alma mater. He also served as the Director of the Adult Education program in admissions and advising. He earned his master's degree in education from Lynchburg College.
Hall and his wife Phyllis, a 1982 Liberty graduate, have three daughters, Mary, and Mandy and Courtney.