OSWEGO, N.Y. – Oswego State Athletics Director Timothy G. Hale has announced his upcoming retirement with his last day on campus being today (Aug. 23).
Hale, a 1968 graduate of SUNY Cortland and a Bridgeport, NY, native, steps down after nine years at the helm of the Laker Athletics Department and more than 40 years of working in athletics as a coach or an administrator.
The Oswego State Athletics Department has accomplished unprecedented success during Hale’s nine-year career including three SUNYAC women’s swimming championships (2005-07), SUNYAC championships in women’s basketball (2006), men’s ice hockey (2010), and men’s basketball (2012), recognition of countless all-conference, conference event champions, and All-America athletes, and the department’s lone team NCAA National Championship earned by the men’s ice hockey team in 2007.
Hale worked with school officials to reinstate women’s ice hockey as an NCAA-sanctioned squad, and was instrumental in several building projects. The first was the building and completion of the state-of-the-art Campus Center Ice Arena in 2006 and the last was coordinating the renovation of Romney Fieldhouse into an indoor practice facility for numerous athletic teams.
Before joining Oswego State, Hale was the athletic director at Greece Arcadia High School from 2000-03 where he helped design a new track and field facility.
Prior to working at Greece Arcadia, Hale served as an associate athletic director at the University of Rochester from 1998-2000 and the head men’s cross country and track and field coach from 1973-2000.
His cross country squads registered nine undefeated seasons, nine NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional titles, 15 New York State crowns, including a stretch of ten consecutive titles, 11 top 10 national finishes, and won the NCAA Division III Championship in 1991. The seven-time league and three-time regional Coach of the Year directed 58 All-Americans and four individual NCAA National Champions.
Hale served as past president of the NCAA Division III Cross Country Coaches Association, past president of the New York State Track and Field Association, and past chair of the NCAA Division III Rules Committee.
He has been inducted in the C-Club (SUNY Cortland) and University of Rochester Hall of Fames, and received the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Service Award.
Upon graduation from SUNY Cortland, Hale assumed coaching and teaching positions at LeMoyne College and SUNY Plattsburgh, before spending 26 years at the University of Rochester.
Hale competed on SUNY Cortland’s state champion track and field teams before earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from SUNY Cortland and a Master of Science Degree from Canisius College.
An announcement concerning the College’s plan to move forward in finding Hale’s replacement will be made in the near future.